Today marks the halfway point in our medical mission. After two full days of clinic in Vanadzor, we made our way to Stepanavan where we will spend our last day and a half of clinic.
As we drove up to the Stepanavan church, we were greeted by the members who have volunteered their time to make the clinic run smoothly. Three local children immediately started asking when we would start playing soccer with them. After setting up for the clinic, teams formed and cheerleaders assembled. Before we knew it, a heated soccer game began in the middle of the street, scattering only when drivers needed to pass.
Sure, providing health care and medicine is a big part of this mission—but it’s certainly not all of it. Not even close. At the end of the day, we want our patients and their families to leave the clinic with the hope of Christ and the love of God stored in their hearts. We want them to know that they are dearly loved and cherished by the God who created them. That they have value and purpose in Him. And that His plan for them is bigger than they could ever imagine.
Sometimes sharing that message of hope means playing a game of soccer with a few kids in a small village. Other times, it means praying with a crying patient who is overwhelmed by his diagnosis. Whatever the situation, it’s our job seek out those opportunities to bring His hope to the surface. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.
Intentionality was our word of the day today. We were called to be intentional with the limited time we have with our patients and I believe we did just that. We will never be able to heal every single patient who comes through the door, but if we’ve left them with a better idea of who God is and of who they are because of Him, we’ve done what we came here to do. –Lara Tovmassian Ingalls