It is Monday morning (July 15)…the clinic seems relatively quiet this morning. It is missing seven amazing young people. Caleb, Claire, Elias, James, Jane, Madison, and Olivia as their fearless leader wrapped up Siloam’s Community Health Immersion (CHI) this past Friday.
Monday mornings on the CHI were spent observing and assisting in a medical screening for 20-40 refugees who recently arrived to the U.S. and are being resettled in Nashville. The refugees are here…but, we do miss the students!
A beautiful commissioning service was held last Thursday night where they were blessed and anointed with oil to be sent out to continue their faithful walks of service to God.
For the past six weeks, the students lived in an apartment complex among refugee families, engaged a local Hispanic church and Burmese church, observed multiple faith-based clinical settings and studied whole-person care from a Christian perspective.
As one student remarked, “My life and my outlook have forever been changed by those I have encountered…”
My hope is that they have left with a greater understanding of God’s call on their lives…and particularly how they can faithfully allow the Holy Spirit to use them to demonstrate God’s love and compassion through service.