The Adventure Begins

As many of you know, by this May I will only have one year left of my college career at Southern Wesleyan University. As a biology and pre-medicine major, I have been starting to think and pray about next steps in getting experience and pursuing medical missions. After applying to a couple of different programs, I have been offered the opportunity to live as a summer missionary at Pioneer Christian Hospital in Impfondo, a small city in the Republic of Congo. I will be going to help in any way that I can at the hospital, thus getting a lot of valuable hands on experience I wouldn’t get in the United States.

As a short-term missionary, I will be working at the hospital gleaning a lot of practical knowledge about the inner workings of a mission hospital, as well as doing whatever everyday tasks need to be done. I will also hopefully be working with Sarah Speer, a missionary who works with indigenous people groups who are affected by leprosy. Other tasks I may be doing include cleaning, cooking, or working as a nanny for other missionary families at the hospital. I look forward to this summer with a lot of anticipation, as it is not something I have ever done before, but also because it will provide me with a lot of real world experience.

The Republic of Congo is not my only stop, however. I will be spending my fall semester studying abroad in Mukono, Uganda. There is a Christian University there that partners with Southern Wesleyan, and I will be studying Global Health. This will give me more insight into the public health realm, and will hopefully clarify what field of medicine suits me best. I will be in Uganda for a little less than 5 months, studying and working alongside Ugandan and other international students. It is an incredible opportunity, one that is covered by SWU, making my overall cost of the trip very small.

As I start on this journey, I covet and appreciate all thoughts and prayers. Some specific prayer requests would be

  • Safety in travelling
  • That God would reveal His specific calling in my life
  • For safety and good health
  • For rest and rejuvenation to be found in the busyness of everyday life there
  • For God’s glorification in all that happens; in the good and in the unexpected
  • For peace and assurance that I am where God has called me

I will hopefully be posting updates here on my blog, but I would also love to communicate via email as well, at Although I don’t know that I will be very consistent in the Congo as the internet there is very patchy, I will do my best to respond accordingly!

If you want to send snail mail, I would love to receive it! However, I more than likely won’t be able to receive it in Congo, so please send it instead to my Uganda address, which is:

Lauren Schaupp, Uganda Studies Programme

Uganda Christian University

P.O. Box 4

Mukono, UGANDA


I am so excited about this upcoming adventure, and I am so thankful for the support that I have in you all!



One Reply to “The Adventure Begins”

  1. I am soooo excited about what you are doing with your life and how you are allowing God to use you as He guides you! So proud of you and anticipatory for you and the wonderful things ahead!
    Prayers, pride, and power to you!
    Ever your cheerleader,
    Sue Rickman

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