July 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM
One of the relationships intern Sarah Lunn made was with Acos who served as her African mother this summer. (Photo by Sarah Lunn)
(Editor's note: Two students from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, are interning at St. Luke Hospital in Kasei, Ghana, this summer and will periodically be submitting blogs for this site. Sarah Lunn of Jewell, Iowa recently completed her junior year, majoring in biology. Peace Preston of Spencer, Iowa, is a sophomore biology-health professions and chemistry major.)
By Sarah Lunn
We got used to hearing this phrase in Ghana, meaning something to the effect of “I’ll be with you soon.”
I was anticipating coming home to the U.S., but as I left Ghana, I also began to think of the new meaning I had learned to believe and hope that God will bring me back someday.
Africa has changed my heart in more ways than one. I have learned to be patient, persevere, and always put my hope in the Lord.
Throughout my time in Ghana, I wrestled with discovering my purpose of being there. While I did learn a lot while working in the clinic, I don’t believe that was the main reason God lead me there. One of the greatest joys I experienced each day was witnessing my co-workers live out their faith through their life, especially through their work as healthcare providers.
Watching this unfold reminded me of an idea I was introduced to in a book I read for one of my classes at Northwestern:
“Living out the Gospel in the midst of the public square is not first of all a matter of strategy and planning; rather, it is manifesting the very life of Christ in the midst of the world” — Michael Goheen, Introducing Christian Mission Today, (pg. 259)
This quote has stuck with me, and even more so this summer. We have become part of a culture that begs us to completely separate our work and our faith. Watching these amazing individuals live out their faith on a day to day basis as they worked with many different types of patients was inspiring. I found this to be my biggest take away from the summer, and I hope and pray I am able to do the same someday in my own career.
I have truly been humbled through this experience, and I have especially loved getting to work with the Luke Society. Part of its mission is “[to] empower and encourage citizens in their own countries, which promotes human dignity, local skills and sustainable infrastructure.” I have witnessed the benefits and sheer beauty in this small community that has stemmed from the efforts of the Luke Society. They have a sense of pride and ownership as they care for their neighbors through the skills God has blessed them with. I loved learning with these people and witnessing their hearts for the Lord.
This trip was not one of evangelism or service projects, but an important cross-cultural learning experience that I believe God was, and will continue to work through — some ways I’m sure I won’t even know.
I cannot express how grateful I am for each one of your prayers and gifts that have made this adventure possible. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
God Bless You!
Sarah Lunn stands on top of a mountain in Ghana where the interns that the opportunity to visit a botanical garden.