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26 April 2017

Passion is Contagious

The following was written by an OMF medical worker serving in China.

The short-term medical workers sent by Serve Asia are are all highly committed professionals. And some are excellent, like Amy from Hong Kong. Over the past five years we’ve been working together many times, providing courses in at least ten different hospitals.

Each course was an improvement on the previous one, as Amy doesn’t stop updating and polishing the teaching material. At the most recent course she even allowed a student to teach one skill station. As a pre-clinical medical student being entrusted such an honour motivated him to prepare as best as possible. He enjoyed the challenge greatly. He was amazed: “Is Amy really a nurse? Are all nurses in Hong Kong so highly trained?”

But where Amy excels most is on the ward. Again and again our local nurses have benefited greatly from her practical bedside teaching. Under less-than-optimal circumstances she improvises ingeniously. Amy leaves behind encouragement. Beyond knowledge and skills our poorly trained nurses discover that they really can make a difference. They’re important and appreciated.

I love to meet people who have found their calling. Therefore, I wanted my English corner students to benefit from Amy, too. In China, high school students often consider more the university they strive to enter than their major. Jobs are usually sought out for the salary. Not many people seem to love their profession. Amy shared so passionately about those she cared for, that the videos clips on her smart phone attracted more and more students.

Her passion was contagious. My students learned that what you love you do well. As we can’t talk about God on the schoolyard, they cannot figure out why. Nevertheless, I’m confident they had a sacred encounter, touched by God’s love.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” Col. 3:23

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