In a few days, I will board a 12-hour flight headed to Athens, Greece. I would have never imagined that I would be able to be a part of such an amazing opportunity. I have always desired to be able to use my nursing skills to serve others and through this trip, I will be able to achieve those dreams.
When approached about the opportunity to travel to Greece, I was a little hesitant. Was this where I needed to go? Would I be able to afford the costs? After prayer and speaking with family, I decided to confirm going on the trip. I knew that God had placed this opportunity before me and I need to follow His lead.
Many people have asked me how I am feeling about going to Greece. The answer: my emotions are mixed. I am excited. I am nervous. I am scared of the uncertainty (but learning to be flexible :)). Primarily I am grateful… grateful for the amazing opportunity that I have been blessed with.
There are obviously essential things that I must pack in my suitcase such as toiletries, shoes, scrubs, vitamins and medications for the clinics. However, there are also intangible things such as an open mind and willingness to serve wherever, whenever, however that I must have with me at all times.
Greece is a beautiful country filled with beautiful people, no doubt. Unfortunately, many of these people have little to no access to health care. Throughout the week, my team and I will be serving refugees through various medical clinics. We will be providing essential medical care through medical examinations, distributing medications, and providing health education. While it is important to meet the physical needs of these people, we are also there to meet their spiritual needs through the Gospel. At the end of the week, we will be able to explore the beautiful city of Athens. I am super excited for that (PS: I have always wanted to explore Greece!)
I know that God has big plans for this trip and I hope to learn many new things through this study abroad experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Greece.
Stay tuned for updates!