A day without scrapes, bruises & dirt lodged under my fingernails was a day wasted. I grew up on several acres of rural Michigan, complete with a winding creek in a lush forest; homeschooled until sixth grade, this would be my classroom. It was where my love for learning, especially science, really took root. One of the textbooks my mother used was a coloring book for Scripture memory & it proved transformational. I believe it helped seal God’s Word onto my heart (Psalm 119:9). By sophomore year of college, I took flight for Peru to teach English. In just a few months, I was teaching & speaking comfortably - in Spanish! Then an encounter with dengue fever threatened to silence me. I was bedridden for days, but I vowed that if my health were restored, I would learn to restore others. I believe God heard my prayer from that village in the Amazon River Basin & He answered miraculously. Pursuing medicine was the best way I knew how to live a life of service for my friends (John 15:13).
I learned how medicine & spirituality are intertwined & can be addressed in patient-centered, whole-person care. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of visiting Mexico, Russia & Madagascar. Traveling has familiarized me with new people, culture & language & has given me a glimpse into our small world of great disparity. I’m thankful to be in a program that emphasizes preventive health, wholeness & global medicine. When I finish my training, I dream of becoming a missionary that honors Christ’s method of service; He began with “the least of these,” forming friendships & ministering to their needs (Matthew 25:40). I can’t think of a better place to start than right here in SoCal at LLUHEC!