Restoring Dignity through a Smile

The mission trip to Coron was my husband, Peter’s fifth medical mission in the Philippines and my second. Peter first travelled with GAiN to Tacloban in 2014, at the invitation of Dr Malcom Hughes. At the time Peter was a builder; but not for long. He returned home with a passion for dentistry and returned to the Philippines in 2015 as a student. I agreed to accompany Peter in 2016 and travelled to Legaspi to join the team. I missed the 2017 trip but was able to accompany the team to Coron this year.

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Serving in Unexpected Ways

Man heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Though we may step out onto missions without a clear idea of what we will do on the field, God has it planned from start to finish. The first time I heard about GAiN’s Philippines medical missions, I realised it was an excellent way to combine my passion for health with giving people the best medicine possible, the eternal healing message of the gospel. So after going in November 2017, I returned for the second time in February.

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Created in the Image of God

Esther was a student leader in our Monash movement during her undergraduate degree and attended our local summer mission, as well as the Philippines medical project, with Power to Change's Global Aid Network (GAiN). This year she is doing Honours research at Monash Hospital. She shares the story of connecting with ‘J’, an Afghan woman who is on her research team, and inviting her to read the Bible together.

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