This trip has a high level of difficulty. The heat will be intense and bus rides on narrow mountainous roads. We will be eight to ten hours on these roads. There are very sharp curves and steep grades up and down. Many places on the road are one-lane gravel with a rock wall on one side and a 1000 foot drop off on the other. If you have any tendency for motion sickness or have trouble with heights, this trip is not for you. Two days of clinic will be conducted in each village with the possibility of large crowds. Bathrooms are primitive and there will be no hot water or air conditioning. This trip is not for the faint of heart or those who need modern comforts.
…and so reads the description of the second medical missions trip the Lord is leading our daughter, Lauren, to serve on this coming May. Below is a letter from her personally about this wonderful opportunity.
Dear Prayer Supporters,
Please accept my deepest thanks for everything you have done for my family and me throughout the years. I especially want to thank you for your prayers and support last October as I traveled to Peru with Operation Renewed Hope to assist as a translator. During that trip I was praying that God would confirm in my heart if medical missions is His will for my life. He clearly answered that prayer and I am now positive that the field of medical missions is God’s calling for my life. However, none of this would have been remotely possible without your help, financially and with your prayers.
Before I left Peru last October, Mr. Jan Milton, the director of Operation Renewed Hope, personally invited me to return to work with them in Peru in May of this year. Also, I received an invitation from the Whatley family in Cuzco, Peru and the Fitzgerald family in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, to return with the purpose of actually doing an internship with these two families in their respective cities. After a few months of seeking godly counsel and the Lord’s will through prayer and Bible reading, I am confident the this is God’s will for me to do an internship with these two missionary families and also help out again with ORH. I am planning on spending one week in the “high jungle” of Pillcopata with the Whatleys, one week in that same area with ORH, one week in Cuzco with the Whatleys, and then finally two weeks with the Fitzgeralds in Puerto Maldonado.
I cannot do this by myself, so now I humbly come before you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, asking if you would prayerfully consider giving toward this trip. If you can’t give financially, would you please pray? This is going to be a trip where I hope to learn even more than before. As I begin nursing school at Maranatha Baptist University next year I hope to go in with a good viewpoint. Knowing more about medical missions will help me gain a better perspective since I will know what differences there are between the traditional field of nursing and nursing on the mission field.
I calculate a total need of $1,200 for lodging, travel expenses, meals and airfare. I have $300 saved toward the trip, so I will need $900. The easiest way to give is through my parents’ Paypal account. You could also send the funds through our sending church, marked “Lauren Greenwood, Peru trip.” Thank you for considering helping me with this huge opportunity.
MK in Argentina