by Alicia Liu
Why did I go?
Since God brought me to Evergreen SGV in 2012, He opened my heart to see His purpose, heart and love for the nations and prepared me to go on mission. When I heard about the Honduras short term medical mission, I felt that God gave me just the right opportunity to serve Him and others through my optometric skills.
What did I do at Honduras?
This August 15-23, I went on my first mission as part of a medical-evangelism team led and sponsored by New Life Community Church of San Jose, CA. We had total 68 team members, consisted of medical professionals, pastors, students, and young adults who want to serve God. We served with World Gospel Outreach in the impoverished of Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. Through four days of medical brigade, we served over 900 people in optometry; over 900 people in dental clinic; over 2500 people in medical clinic; over 500 people in children's ministry and constructed 8 concrete floors. Praise God that 219 people professed faith and 117 recommitted to Christ!
Practicing optometry in Honduras was very different than practicing optometry in the United States. Even though I was helping many people, I felt inadequate because I tend to focus on the few whom I was not able to help. I was challenged mentally to reset my expectations and serve with the best attitude.
Seeing so much poverty and brokenness in Honduras, I was emotionally distress and questioned God if He loves them. God answered me loud and clearly through Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” Yes, God loves them! I learned that His presence is a much more powerful love than material blessings and the promise of safety.
I was very blessed to hear amazing stories of God's work in Honduras such as a few important figures of local gangs were saved during last year's medical brigades; but now at the site where the gangs used to meet, a church is being built! I'm very thankful for my generous supporters, encouraging and compassionate team members, gracious hosts, and faithful Honduran believers. And I'm very thankful that God gave me this opportunity to experience Him.