I pray this is not a goodbye, but a see you later

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Abbey Strohman I have lived the semi-nomadic lifestyle the last three weeks and I apologize I didn’t have time to write last week, but everything has been amazing (as usual) and it is becoming really difficult as I’m realizing that my time here is coming to a close. I have been a busy bee the last few weeks so here is a quick summary of everything that has happened! Iguazu Falls: Last week was our “ministry exposure trip” which is a fancy word for a trip where we got to visit a really cool landmark just outside of Paraguay! These falls are absolutely incredible, a work of art that only our Lord could dream up (google Iguazu falls right now). It made me step back in awe and I found myself humming worship songs as we walked through. Words cannot describe the beauty of the seemingly never-ending falls that declared … Read More

I’m a…Missionary??

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What am I doing here? I don’t belong in Nigeria. Why are the Nigerians looking at me like I have two heads? These other people are “real” missionaries – they have it figured out. Was that Hausa or just heavily accented English? I’ve only been here three days, and I’m pretty sure I’ve offended at least thirty people. What are the symptoms of malaria? Please stop thinking I have any real, useful medical knowledge whatsoever. God, help. Please help. SOS. – Excerpt from Will’s thoughts, week 1 Really, that’s about what it was like. And to be honest, there’s still some uncertainty. Don’t get me wrong, on a whole, this has been an amazing couple of weeks, and I’ll elaborate more on what I’ve done here in a bit. I just wanted to go back to the beginning of my time here in Nigeria to give you an idea of … Read More

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LAUNCHis matching you with a role that fits your skills and interests _____________________________________Going in community, alongside experienced mentors and others like you. _____________________________________Exploring ministry in a learning, growing environment (Ministry Exposure) Serve alongside experienced missionaries in this culturally diverse country. Ministry opportunities include camp ministry, health care, theological education, English teaching/tutoring, or work with children and youth at risk, just to name a few. Spanish is helpful. (Refugee Ministry) Connect with refugees by working alongside the local church to foster relationships through ESL classes, summer camps, and other cultural lessons. Learn from experienced SIM Canada teammates as you work together among individuals and families from many African nations that are closed to the gospel. (Church Planting) Catch a vision for what it takes to become a church planter. Spend time with experienced church planters to gain exposure through visiting rural church-planting efforts, from early stages to well-established churches. Training topics … Read More

Intern William: Would It Help If I…[Blog #2]

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Would it help if I …shared this with you? …left this on the table? …prayed with you? Last Saturday afternoon was our first patient experience with the Whole Person Care Preceptorship here in Redlands. After listening to various speakers that morning and the night before discuss spiritual care and faith in medicine, at 1:00 PM we all loaded up to head to Loma Linda University Medical Center. These thirty-some-odd healthcare students were ready, albeit slightly uncertain in a few cases, to finally put what we had learned into practice. We all found our partners, mentors, and respective floors where we would be visiting patients and away we went. Our first two patients that day were great. Both welcomed us into their lives and shared more than I know of a good deal of my friends back home. Our job this first day was just to practice taking a spiritual history, … Read More

Intern William: The End of the Beginning [Blog #1]

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And then there was one. Seven days ago I arrived here in Charlotte, NC where I met the other eight SIM short-term missionaries (STA’s) that would be going through orientation with me. They have all now departed to begin their journeys to various parts of the world and have left me here alone to reflect on the incredible things that have happened this past week. A quick recap to make sure everyone reading is up to speed: In May I finished my first year of medical school (Woohoo!), and am now enjoying what is commonly referred to as my “last summer”. After this, school becomes pretty much a year-round thing (woohoo…). So armed with the knowledge that this was my last good chunk of free time for a long time, considerable amounts of time, research, and prayer went into deciding how best to spend it. My biggest desire was to find … Read More