I remember in our house growing up we had this quote on our wall “A coincidence is when God performs a miracle and decides to remain anonymous.” Well, I think many times God does not remain anonymous. In fact it’s obvious He has his hand in it. Let’s give him the credit!
In our journey to full time service overseas at Bongolo Hospital, Amy and I have seen many “God Sightings” along the way. We use this term to refer to any situation (conversations, provisions, answered prayer, etc.) where we obviously see God working. Many of these God sightings come completely unexpected. Yet, it is these “surprises” that encourage us the most.
Through a friend of a friend, I was recently introduced to an anesthesiologist in Washington state. Come to find out, he and his family are headed for full time service to Kibuye Hope Hospital (http://kibuyehope.com) in Burundi. In fact, similar to part of our calling, he wants to start an anesthesia training program at Kibuye--teaching and discipling others to help improve anesthesia care in Burundi. Further, in conversation last week, I found out his family will start French language school in Albertville this September. This is the same school where Amy and I will begin in September! On top of that, they will be in Colorado this summer for pre-field missionary training at MTI when we will be there.
What are the odds? Two anesthesiologists are headed to French speaking countries in Africa to start anesthesia training programs while learning French at the same school in France together, and completing pre-field training in Colorado at the same time. Some may call this coincidence. No way! God has his hand in this. While we are going to different countries in Africa, it is as if we are heading out together. There are only a handful of anesthesiologists in Africa doing mission work. It is a wonderful encouragement to embark on this journey with a like-minded new friend. We look forward to what God has in store for this new relationship. Praise God for his goodness.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11