During my first encounter with her, it became completely evident that she was unlike anyone I had ever met in the medical profession. As a result of hosting multiple medical missions it was not unusual for me to attend to the care of patients during and following those missions. I connected with hundreds of medical personnel. But this lady was radically different. Not only was she competent in redressing a septic wound but her caring heart for the patient and everyone around her stood out like a flashing lightning bold sent from the heavens to the earth. I wondered, "Who is this lady?" Before this nurse finished with my patient I had to ask her, "Do you know Jesus?" Her already beaming face expressed even more joy and I had my answer.
SUSAN: A wife, mother of four girls, employer, and full-time staff member of Next Generation Ministries ... this lady is on mission! Susan knows whose she is and who she is. She belongs to Jesus and her identity is as a daughter of the Eternal Father. As you can imagine, this affects everything she does.
Susan is a born again ... the term commonly used to describe a person in Uganda who has given their life to Jesus. But not all who confess Jesus realize what Susan realized: Giving your life to Jesus means giving ALL your life to Him. The goal of Susan's life is to have those around her see and hear the goodness and grace of God in her life.
Let me give you some examples of how this plays out in Susan's life.
|Susan & Filbert with my wife & me|
|(L to R) Favor (8), Faith (16), Mulungi (7),|
Susan and Filbert hired a housekeeper to care for their house and help with the family, a very common practice for those families in Uganda who can afford to do so. Filbert can be in Eastern Uganda where he works as a nurse for two or three weeks at a time. Keeping the girls in boarding school requires both of them to work.
|Miriam on her graduation day|
Reading this abbreviated panoramic view of Susan's life should provide a picture of the kind of life Susan lives. Though she is a full-time staff member of Next Generation Ministries, managing the medical operation of the organization, she is always on call as a representative of the transforming work Christ does in the life of anyone who will give their life to Him. Her focus is first on people ... whether they be her husband and children, extended family members, someone who works for her, or a neighbor. Working with a faith-based organization with a mission focus is not what makes Susan a minister. Ministry is always a matter of the heart. It is always a matter of identity. It is knowing who you belong to and who you live for. Susan lives for Jesus so she is always on the job. Being in vocational ministry does not make a person a minister. Being born again automatically makes a person a minister.
This is what it looks like. Christianity is not something limited to a Sunday morning event. Christianity is not something that is compartmentalized and added to an already full life. Christianity is all about Christ. It is a total lifestyle. It affects the whole person and every venue and relationship in which the person exists.
This is Christianity. This is what it looks like. This is Susan and she is a terrific example of a life lived for the glory of God.
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