The rumors are true.
I grew up on a couple thousand acres in northern British Columbia, loving the fields and animals and trees and rocks and gorgeous hill country.
Then, I moved to Alberta, where the prairies beckoned and miles of fields and open skies made my heart happy.
I’m headed for the ocean.
My flight leaves for Kona, Hawaii, on January 2nd.
It all started September of 2011, when one of my aunties (Thanks, Aunty Maya ;) ) sent me a YWAM e-newsletter, with a link tucked into the bottom right corner about a medical discipleship training school, essentially a bible school with medical missions focus, for medical professionals.
I was entering my third year of nursing school, and because I was a busy girl with a lot going on, quickly read through the link, thought “Hmm, sounds interesting,” and went back to my work.
I put the email aside to look at again later. And promptly forgot about it.
About a month later, I was snoozing soundly one night when I had a dream that a friend turned to me and said “Jenn, I’m thrilled that you’re doing this YWAM. It’s so good to get another perspective and see the Christian worldview from another country’s eyes. So good for you!”
I immediately woke up, startled and amazed.
Funny how God speaks to us.
In the middle of the night, pyjamas on and computer screen glowing, I looked up that email again.
And as I read the course description, my heart told me that this is what I was supposed to do.
After two years of deliberation, doubt, considering other options, frustration, and finally a lot of confirmation (from random guys on the sidewalk to emails from course providers), it’s been a long stretch.
But now I’m really going.
I leave beginning of January 2014, and return in the beginning of June.
A five-month adventure of first in Kona, Hawaii, with a couple months of classes and studies in the bible, healing, medical missions, and God’s heart for his people all over the world. Then, we’ll head out to some developing nation on outreach to put what we’ve learned to the test, and see for our own eyes what health care, and life, can be like in the rest of the world.
All the while I’ll be with other health care professionals from around the globe, learning with and from them.
I can’t wait.
For a little more info, check out http://www.uofnkona.edu/training/medical-dts/
If you’d like to hear more about this adventure, let me know! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, I’ll be keeping you updated and posting wayyy too many photos, I’m sure. :)