Far from what I once was, but not yet what I'm going to be

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mission Minded 2013

Dearest friends and family,

As you may know, I spent some time last summer doing mission work in Guatemala.  I was blessed by the Lord in ways that transformed my life and made me mission-minded.  This trip truly changed my life.  I saw for the first time what love really means.  I experienced medical missions for the first time – a dream come true for me!  I fell in love with a country and its people: GUATEMALA.

This summer I will return.  Guatemala is number four in the world for starvation and malnutrition.  I will be working alongside Doctor Gomez in a medical clinic, as well as loving the community and helping out with water purification projects.  My team and I will be digging wells and educating the public on how to minimize infection and the little things to do in order to remain healthy.

Being a part of a medical mission has always been a dream of mine; something the Lord laid on my heart years ago.  More recently, this dream has exploded inside of me.  I am so excited to see what the Lord does in and through me during this trip.  I cannot wait to learn even more from Dr. Gomez this time around and be the Lord’s healing hands in Guatemala!

I am going with a team of 8 people from Bethany Bible Church and we leave Thursday, June 13 and return Saturday, June 22.  We need your help in this mission!  We can’t do it without you.  I ask that you would pray for my team as we prepare for this trip and prepare our hearts and minds for the work we will be doing in Guatemala.  Each team member is to raise $2,075.  If you can’t give financially, please pray; prayer is so, so powerful.  But if you can give financially, know that your money is going to a great cause and that we are ever so thankful for your gift.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013



This is why I do what I do every day.  This is why I study medicine.  The past couple weeks have given me multiple panic attacks and breakdowns - even made me question my path at one point.  This video was EXACTLY what I needed.  I thank the Lord for showing this video to me in my "career path crisis" as I like to call it. (I knew I wanted to stick with medicine - just wasn't sure about what branch)

Funniest part is, Dr. Gregory White is my inspiration to work in Pediatric Orthopedics. He's in this video.  I.LOVE.THAT.MAN.  His love for his patients and his job is so infectious.  Seeing him in this video was literally like God saying "Cara, you're meant for this.  I called you to do this for a reason.  I never said it was going to be easy.  Nothing worth doing is ever easy.  You're trying to do it in your own strength; and that's why I let you fall.  Lean on me.  Only I can get you through this storm."

These kids inspire me.  I hope they inspire you too.  They are true fighters!  But you can be a fighter too.