By: Duana Busch
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to go on a mission trip. There were always obstacles; I was too young, could not afford it, had young children, or it was just not the right time. It seemed that I knocked on the door numerous times patiently waiting for God to answer. One day my very good friend and fellow nurse, Denise Searcy, asked me if I’d be interested in joining a ministry team on a mission trip to Uganda. God had opened the door.
With each meeting we attended, each vaccination received, all of the proper documents obtained, our team of 7 nurses, PCM sponsorship coordinators and others were finally ready to begin our journey. And this is where my story begins…..
As nurses, we encounter suffering on a daily basis. We all suffer and realize it is a part of life, but why? There is no answer as to why we must all experience suffering, it just happens and it’s terrible. As I’ve traveled around Uganda, I have seen great suffering. Hunger and sickness are prevalent. Despite these hardships, the wonderful Ugandan people cope so well with their struggles. I have learned so much from them. They focus their attention on God and praise Him for his faithfulness. It molds their characters and strengthens their faith. Their complete trust in God has made my journey a life changing event.
I have been blessed to visit the PCM schools during my stay. I have worked beside nurses to tend to the children’s wounds, teach them proper hand washing, and shower them with love and affection. At each school we visited, the children came running. They sang and danced to welcome us. We, the nurses on the team, have had the honor of seeing approximately 400 children for wound care during our 12 day stay. I left the schools everyday feeling as if I’d made a slight difference in each child’s life. Each blessed me with their uniqueness and unwavering love. Also during our stay, I was able to put my knowledge of labor and delivery to use when a group of midwifery students visited our team at Kate Clinic to learn more about postpartum hemorrhage.
This was a very humbling experience. And to top off such an awesome experience, two babies were born at Kate Clinic during our stay and their outcomes were perfect.
As I go back to the U.S. and go about my everyday life, it will be impossible for me to not think about my Ugandan children. I’m forever changed and this experience has made me a better person.