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