Alexandria & Xander
Behind the scene type.
Doing good deeds that are unseen but are utmost valuable for you.
They fight off the bad guys that you didn’t know you needed to even fight off.
They make things flow through your body and its a natural process you wouldn’t have to worry about.
They are small and almost hidden and lay right behind you.
Warriors, that’s what i like to call them
Who are these two?
They are KIDNEYS.
Alexandria belongs to Terrah
Xander belongs to Raygie, now.
The last two weeks have been eye opening and it has simply made me stand in awe of how BIG GOD is. GOD is always in control and he knows what he is doing. Patience, Trust, Faith, and Hope. Simple words that hold so much meaning.
The story can go all the way back to when Raygie took a job at apple… but we don’t have to go that far…
Long story short: there are good people out there in the world. Your stories are valuable and worth sharing, sometimes you don’t know who just might be listening and be impacted by it. A once just co-worker, turned lifelong friend. Secrets turned into a perfect match, cheering and excitement exchanged over IHOP breakfast, and like that Alexandria and Xander split up and are doing good work.
I am grateful to be able to be a part of this story even if I’m on the sidelines cheering them on. It’s been a blessing and a daily reminder of how GOD is so big and how he just works and has a big grand plan. Sometimes we get so caught up in the little pieces and can’t see it all but GOD can. So just hang onto it: Patience, Trust, Faith, and Hope because it will get you far, trust me. GOD never fails.
#kidney2012 #teamapple #oct15 #hopefortoday
As I start to slowly settled into my own routine and schedule, I realize more and more why I’m here.
This week I spent some time in the office continuing work on my project and I also had the opportunity to go to a planning meeting for a clinic that is being held Oct 13. This was the Tigard community (SIDE NOTE: come out all, volunteers needed!). This community comes together bringing the young and old and people from all different backgrounds and specialties.
How can a group of so many different people work together to make such a big impact on a community?
A clinic is like a puzzle, there are so many little pieces to it, but once you put it all together you get one beautiful piece of art. Often times we are too busy looking at the little things and we get so caught up on it that we can’t see the whole picture. God has already seen the whole picture for us, he even panned out the details for us too.
This group was already divinely chosen before we even had the thought in our head by GOD. He had it all mapped out before we even thought of it. GOD is so much bigger than us, he choose these exact people to come together to put together the clinic. Each individual was particularly picked by GOD to put together their piece of the puzzle and make it into a beautiful piece of art. Every person has there place and role in this puzzle and that only together can they make the clinic happen.
Compassion clinics are a great reminder of how big GOD is and how we can’t do anything alone.
For those of you who don’t know I’m in Portland, OR working as an intern for Compassion Connect. The story leading up to how I even got involved with Compassion Connect is just an awe in itself.
Compassion Connect is a non-profit that is built upon the mission to unite the church and the community to work together to serve their neighbors. Compassion Connect holds mobile clinics all around the Portland area (now expanding to other parts of the country). A Compassion Clinic is an event led by local church collaboratives. Compassion Clinics provide free basic health care, dental care, and offers other social service networking opportunities.
As an intern, I am a part of developing a manual and a future tool-kit for future clinics to use. I also have the opportunity to network myself with leaders and be involved in sitting in on meetings leading up to clinics as well as debriefing of clinics to see what works and didn’t work.
How did I even hear about Compassion Connect?
After I came home from Nicaragua (a year ago), I realized that I really wanted to be a part of a non-profit and serve around the world. As I continued to think through this, I had numerous conversations with friends and family about my desire to have my own non-profit and provide free healthcare around the world in countries like Nicaragua. That’s when a good friend told me about Compassion Connect and his friend who started this project in seminary school. Since I still had a year left of school, I realized going abroad wasn’t going to happen anytime soon and I really needed to gain experience with non-profit first. I connected with Compassion Connect through the last 9 months talking about opportunities and ways I could serve and be a part of CC. Long story short, here I am now!
My first week is over and I have had so many amazing experiences already! Friday, I sat in a room full of doctors, nurses, and dentists who serve with Compassion Connect and help put on these clinics. Not only are they talented and well respected people, they love the LORD and use their gifts to serve his people. What a great reminder it was to be a part of this luncheon remembering why I went into nursing and what I want to do with nursing. It reignited the passion and love I have for nursing and made me so excited again. It made me excited to be a nurse, to serve others, remember my hopes and dream, and yearn to pray more for those hopes and dreams. I even met President Bush’s personal dentist!
I also had the opportunity this week to attend a debrief meeting of a clinic that was held two weeks ago. I came away in awe of the power of church collaboration. As the body of christ, we are taught to use all our gifts and talents together as one body to serve others. It made me question why churches can’t all work together? Why is society so determined to be “individual”? Why are we so focused on our own churches, bringing numbers to our church solely, and competition between other churches? We were made to work as one body. To listen on this debrief meeting made me realize how important collaboration is and how if we all worked together, connecting with each other, communicating as a team, we could DO SO MUCH for the community and others.
What a week it’s already been, I have so much to learn about myself, about the church, about healthcare, and especially about GOD and all that he is doing and wanting me to see.
This may not be a “nursing” related job, but it is showing me healthcare from a different stand point, it is allowing me to experience GOD in the healthcare field, and helping me to see GOD’s plan for me with nursing.