Serving in Côte d'Ivoire, Africa
Making Nursing a Tool for Church Planting
Salvation and Call
While growing up in a Christian home, I trusted Christ as my Savior following a Sunday evening message on Jan. 6, 1989. During my junior year of high school, a visiting missionary told of the great need for missionaries to go to unreached villages on the mission field. I surrendered to become a missionary at that time and began thinking that nursing could be a way to someday reach villages with the Gospel.
Following graduation from Pensacola Christian College in 2001 (B.S. Nursing), I began working as a cardiac nurse at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, FL while continuing to seek the Lord's guidance in missions.
In March 2004, I first heard about the need for nurses in Côte d'Ivoire at my home church. In Nov. 2004, I traveled to Bingerville for a 5-week survey trip. During this time, the Urban Clinic of Bingerville was founded as a ministry of the Fundamental Baptist Church of Bingerville. The Lord also confirmed to me that His will was that I return here as a career missionary.
In June 2005, I was approved as a missionary with Baptist International Missions, Inc. in Harrison, TN. After traveling on deputation for two years, I studied French at the Centre d'Enseignement de Français in Albertville, France for 10 months.
On Jan. 16, 2009, I arrived in Bingerville, Côte d'Ivoire to begin working under the ministry of veteran Missionary Bob Mach. I regularly work four days each week in our evangelistic clinic. We are able share the Gospel with our patients while providing medical care, and we've been thrilled with the fruit that the Lord has given us as a result of the clinic ministry.
In addition, the Lord has used medicine to open up doors to our villages. There are 12 villages that are located "right on our doorstep" in Bingerville. The majority of these villages are Ébrié (aye-bree-aye) villages. The Ébrié tribe is one of the largest tribes in Côte d'Ivoire. Traditionally, it is also quite animistic and closed to the Gospel. Initially, Missionary Bob Mach attempted to enter these villages with the Gospel, but he was met with opposition. More recently, we have been welcomed in with medical care. For the past three years, we have been able to host medical-evangelistic days in several of our villages. Our church is now routinely hosting Bible studies in two villages, Anan and Sébia-Yao. Weekly, we welcome villagers who have traveled to join us for church in Bingerville. We are praying that we will one day see churches planted in the Bingerville villages. I enjoy coordinating the village outreach.
During the Ivorian school year (Oct.-May), I teach English two afternoons each week at the Institut National des Metiers, a local trade school, in Bingerville. This is a wonderful opportunity as I've been given complete freedom to share the Gospel during the English class. Generally, we have 15-20 students enrolled between the ages of 16 to 30. Along with studying English, we look at an aspect of Bible doctrine during each class which leads to a clear presentation of salvation. The students are tested both in English and in Bible material.
Lastly, I enjoy teaching Sunday School and being involved in the ministry of the Fundamental Baptist Church of Bingerville.
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