I came to Medellín to assist the Dynamic Women in Missions short-term medical mission team with translation. I worked in several different areas during the 9-day trip. In triage, I was asked by a Colombian patient: “Why does your team do all this if you get nothing?”
I asked the Lord to give me an answer that would glorify him. I replied, “We want people to know that Jesus cares for and loves you ... yet expects nothing in return.” The patient was amazed and thanked me.
On another occasion, while waiting to translate for Dr. Breen, I sat in the cubical with a patient and asked her about her symptoms. She told me that she hurts in her shoulders and down her arms because she is the main provider in her house, working her ranch on her own with only two daughters and an elderly father. She has all this pain because of the hard labor she does.
I was quiet and debated if I should pray with her. Finally, I reached for her hand and said, “Let’s pray.” I assured her that God does not give us more than we can handle. We prayed and cried together, and she was so thankful for the comforting prayer.
In that moment, I realized why God had called me to serve on this trip. I did much more than just translate. I got to be the healing hands and feet of Jesus through great conversation, compassion, and prayer.
By Idalia Lazo