We liked the strong connections of the clinic with the churches. We enjoyed the time to address spiritual needs with patients, which is not often the case in the US. The missionaries in Belize were able mentor us. God has renewed our vision for the future. He has given us encouragement and strength to continue on towards the future in following His will for our lives. (Picture taken at staff retreat at Orchid Bay May 1.)
It was apparent that the clinic was helpful and useful to the local community. It met a need and opened doors to be able to witness. Ezekiel (Dr. Yah) and I spoke numerous times and I hope that I was an encouragement to him.
I am so thankful that God opened the door for me to come to PMC as a medical student. It was such a blessing to serve alongside the brothers and sisters there. I learned so much. I was stretched and humbled to not rely on certain diagnostic tools I take for granted at home. My experience reinforced for me the power of prayer, not only in Belize but back home. Only the Great Healer can give my patients what they really need.
It was a great experience! The whole clinic was so full of love, generosity (emotional, spiritual, and practical), and grace. God allowed me to show the Belizean people that others cared about them, even though we didn't know them, but because we know God. - Lauren
The Belize team members were very welcoming, friendly, encouraging, and inspiring. We prayed with patients who were very ill and it was amazing to be able to minister to them in this way, as well as provide medical care, as this is strongly discouraged in the UK. Working in this Christian environment has brought together medicine and faith for me. It has been so inspiring to see God working in the people living here and their faith and reliance on Him. - Louisa
I liked being able to minister to physical and spiritual needs. I enjoyed participating in praying with patients. I felt very encouraged by the strong Christians in the churches here. I am humbled by the power of God present in the lives of the Belizeans. I feel more motivated to witness as a nurse.
As the visiting doctor, I liked the freedom to run the clinic. I liked the pace, it ran very smoothly. I really liked the people - Mireya and Esther they were awesome and did a great job! I think this would be a good place to come periodically and hopefully bring students or residents with me.
I had the privilege of serving as the pharmacist at the Presbyterian Medical Clinic for almost 2 1/2 years. It has been an amazing pleasure to serve the people of Belize and to serve with the wonderful staff here. Over the last few years I have seen God work in amazing ways. During the beginning of my term here, we did not have a full time physician, but through much prayer, God provided that in Dr. Jen B. and her family. I am thankful that God allowed me to see the fruit of these prayers and learn more about Him in the process. We are now beginning to see increased growth in the clinic, as patients are returning and new patients are coming daily. God is blessing this ministry and I am humbled that He allowed me to be part of it, even for a short time.
I am so grateful for my brothers and sisters in Christ who have encouraged me and allowed me to be part of their lives here. I pray that I will remember the lessons God taught me through this experience and they will carry through to whatever He has next for me.
We were amazed at the Christ-like love among the staff and towards the patients and how relationships have been cultivated in the community over the years. The home visits were especially meaningful to us. We learned so much about God through seeing the physical healing of one young man who had been in a motor vehicle accident and, in another instance, witnessing the emotional and spiritual healing taking place in a pregnant woman who had been delivered from a crisis situation. The clinic staff were a huge source of support for these people, they truly serve as the body of Christ in Patchakan.
I am thankful for the delightful fellowship of the clinic staff especially Mireya, Lydia, Esther, and
Amber, Dr. Bigelow and her family, Miss Anita and Mr. Gary. Their love for the Lord is persevering and
Everyday from 7:45-4:00 I worked in the clinic to get some real life nursing experience. I can't tell
you how much more confident I feel in myself. I don't necessarily think it is because I learned a ton of new skills, but I was able to get used to being with patients and talking with them. I was the designated babysitter for moms who came in with small children which was always fun for me. By doing that, I finally discovered an area of nursing that I really love, Pediatrics. Peds will be my clinical rotation for this fall when I start back at school and I am so excited to learn more and have new experiences! God has given me such a heart for missions and I am praising Him for the joy and fulfillment that it gives me. I love traveling and serving the Lord and I can't wait to see where God takes me next!