IPHC through my eyes.

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm by Marine Reach No Comment

“I have to believe there’s something more..” that was the song of my heart. It was my mantra, the first thoughts that greeted me in the morning. The last thing I thought before I fell asleep. And yet I tried to suppress this feeling, I felt guilty for feeling unsatisfied when I had a roof over my head, three meals a day, I was surrounded by amazing community, and on paper I had more than I had ever had. Why wasn’t I satisfied? I feverishly began to repent for my lack of gratefulness and as I began to take a deep look into my own heart it dawned on me exactly why this haunted me.

At the time, I was 2 years into staffing on a YWAM base in the states and in my very human brain, I thought that in saying “yes” to Jesus, that meant I had to say “no” to everything I wanted for my life before I gave my life back to the Lord. And oh how wildly incorrect I was. You see, my entire life I’ve been attracted to the medical field. As a kid, instead of wanting to be a beautiful princess I wanted to be a fierce superhero. And to me, being involved in medicine in any capacity was the closest human way you could be a superhero. To train your hands to do things that could save/improve lives was captivating to me. And I dreamt of it often. However, I suppressed that part of my heart that beat for medicine. For one, I let society make me feel small, that I was not smart enough or able to do amazing things. Also, in trying to align myself with who God created me to be – I thought that meant starting over from scratch, getting rid of everything that made me who I was – to change into whoever God wanted me to be. Well, I ended up learning a life changing lesson in how wildly wrong I was. God, my creator, He who knit me together in my mothers womb, is the one who intentionally planted certain desires in my heart. He designed me to be drawn to specific things so that I could be used in those areas. And for me, one of those areas was medicine! But wait, “I had already made a commitment to missions, how does that work?” I thought to myself. But thankfully I was guided to research Medical Missions and what that could look like under the umbrella of YWAM. And thus we have my discovery of the Introduction to Primary Health Care school!

Everything fell into place all too perfectly, and next thing I knew I was on a plane to the other side of the world, to chase after a dream I had long tried to let go of. The first 3 months were intense, we had a different speaker every week teaching us on various topics such as, Tropical Diseases, Diagnosis & Treatment, Immunizations, Wound Care, Emergency Response, Mother and Child Health and so much more. I caught the heart for PHC very quickly, and on my outreach is when I really fell  in love with the art that is intentionally loving people through the avenue of medical services. I got the honor and opportunity to sail on one of the many medical ships to Papua New Guinea, and that is where the love in my heart for the Pacific Islands began to bloom.

Each day was different, we were in a new village every day. We saw thousands of people. It was overwhelming, it was intense, it was tiring and it was absolutely magnificent.  Every clinic day we’d have a huge crowd of people waiting to be seen, but once you had just one patient in front of you, that you could look into their eyes and love on them in such an intentional way, meeting a physical need, educating and shedding light on a lack of knowledge, empowering them, and not just tending to the wounds on their bodies, but taking the time to intentionally cater to their hearts. There’s absolutely nothing like it. It changed my life to get to be used in such a significant way!

I had my answer to the question that used to keep me up at night, wondering if there was something more for me than just the day to day of the American lifestyle. The answer was an overwhelming YES. There is more out there, there is more that I can do and there is more that I can be. And I want to encourage you today that there is more out there for you too, if you find yourself dissatisfied with the status of your life right now, take some intentional time with the Lord and ask him, “is there something I gave up on that you had for me?”

The IPHC opened my eyes and awakened a part of my heart I didn’t know was sleeping. I am so thankful I had the courage to say yes to something that scared me, and to leap in with both feet. I am humbled and thankful and brought to tears that no matter the season of our lives, we serve a God who longs to call us higher and deeper.

After completing my course in 2015, I staffed an IPHC in Townsville Australia, and have since had the honor to be a part of the pioneering team to bring IPHC here to New Zealand! We have just successfully finished our first school, with an outreach to Vanuatu. It’s so encouraging to see this program grow, because it changed my life and opened up my eyes to how I can use my life to glorify God, and I know it can and will do the same for others.

So my encouragement for you is this: there is so much more than ordinary out there for you. All you have to do is lean into it, and have the courage to say yes. Never did I think that in my mid twenties would I be working out of Australia/New Zealand to reach the otherwise unreached people of the Pacific Islands.

What more is out there for you?


A Word From Marine Reach

Marine Reach was founded in September 1990 in Tauranga New Zealand. Since its inception we have had over 900 international students attend our DTS courses, taking God's love and healing to the nations. Marine Reach has served over 300,000 in the Asia Pacific regions, and hopes to reach our goal of 1 million people served by 2020 through our ships, volunteers, students and partner ministries.

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