A Meditation on Mission Work
|Members of the New Orleans medical mission team
with patients in Santana Baní in May 2019.
Editor's note: The following meditation on mission work was written by John and Mary Margaret Hevron, members of a veteran medical mission team from Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans, LA, as part of Trinity's daily devotional series. Reprinted here by permission with minimal editing for clarity for a wider audience.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This month we reprised our Trinity Medical Mission to Latin America. We had to cancel our trip last year at the last moment due to political unrest in Nicaragua, our host country for 20 years. We were studying our options when things began to fall into place. We made an exploratory trip to the Dominican Republic and visited several potential sites. Towards the end of our trip we visited the Dominican Episcopal Church. There we met the Executive Director of the Dominican Development Group, Bill Kunkle. The DDG sponsors and supports missions such as ours. He just happened to be leading a tour of potential clinic sites and we joined in. We then journeyed and explored Costa Rica as another possible mission destination. When we returned from Costa Rica, Bill happened to be in New Orleans for the infamous NFL playoff game. We met for lunch and he made a formal offer to host our mission trip. We then attended the Global Episcopal Mission Network conference in Boca Chica, and there was Bill, ready to guide us to our clinic locations. It seems that every time we were seeking help, a door would open. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and ... all these things will be given to you."
Three weeks ago we completed a successful mission, our 26th, where we safely brought our medical, dental and pharmacy team of 28 people to the Dominican Republic. We attended to 1500 medical and dental patients. We saw a woman suffering with a pelvic mass and may have played a role in saving her life. We improved the lives of many of our patients and at the same time attended to our own spiritual wellbeing. Again, we worried: would the busses and drugs arrive on time? Would the food and accomodations be adequate? It was wasted worry. The Dominican Episcopal Church stepped up and provided time and again. Having our community of loving pilgrims together again was a great gift. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself...God will provide."
Lord, I am only human and am prone to worry, but my worry is for naught, for I have seen firsthand the glory of your goodness in guiding our humble mission. Thanks be to God.