My selection as a team two member of Marion Medical Mission brought with it the moniker “newbie”. As a newbie I wanted to be prepared. I researched online, talked to past veteran volunteers, read testimonials, attended a training session, e-mailed countless questions to MMM headquarters. All with the goal of being prepared for the heat, the rough roads, the long hikes to the wells (up hill both ways), the lack of creature comforts (water, food and electricity).

Allen with villagers

Allen with villagers

I prepared my body by taking long hikes, visited with my pastor every Monday, talked to the Lord, prayed for spiritual calmness but nothing prepared me for what I was to encounter.

A team of 20 volunteers, from all regions of the USA, coming together with a focused, burning desire to serve the Lord. All ages of volunteers, all backgrounds. I saw the passion in their eyes. I heard the conviction in their words. “It’s time to go to work!”in their body language.

You ask me where I saw the Lord in Malawi. I saw Him first hand in the volunteers that the Lord worked through to accomplish his plan.