As a recent graduate of Simpson University, I got to live every new-grad’s dream: traveling internationally to one of the most beautiful countries in the world and putting all of my scholastic stressors temporarily behind me. This was my second medical nursing trip to India with Simpson & World Serve and this time I was able to student-lead the team. The purpose of this trip was to offer medical attention to local communities surrounding Moripodu in the state of Andhra Pradesh, a state in South India. Partnering with doctors who work at local hospitals, our small Simpson team of 6 nursing students and 2 nurses set up and ran 9 medical camps. These camps were mostly held at churches and in total we treated over 700 people over the course of 3 weeks. It was an honor to have the camps at churches, for the pastors were incredibly welcoming and supportive of our mission to share the gospel with everyone we came into contact with.
In similar fashion to last year’s trip, I believe that overall our small team of American students took away much more in the way of rich memories, life lessons, and bonding experiences than anyone we came to serve in India We learned how to improvise when supplies ran short, how to lift one another up when the heat is unbearable, and how to talk about the love of Jesus in basically any situation. We went to Moripodu to be servants but were shown hospitality unlike anything we’d experienced before. The constant care and attention that the staff and church community showed us was a great testimony to the Indian culture and their commitment to service. God’s might and wisdom was evident every day as we shared the gospel and prayed to hundreds of souls and their families.
I hold the memories of this trip carefully in my heart and eagerly anticipate going next year. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to Evangelical Free Church for supporting me financially and spiritually for this trip.