Mission Experience Gives GWU Nursing Student a Look into Her Future

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Hope Still ’19 Witnessed God’s Power at Work in South Asia

Gardner-Webb nursing student Hope Still takes a morning tea break with one of the nurses in a community clinic in South Asia.

As a 15-year-old, Hope Still sensed God was calling her into medical missions. Her first step toward answering the call was choosing to major in nursing at Gardner-Webb University. A recent opportunity to spend three weeks at a mission hospital in South Asia helped to provide even more clarity for the junior from Harrisburg, N.C.

“The Lord taught me and grew me in ways that were beyond my expectations,” Still reflected. “To be able to see the South Asian doctors and nurses minister to those in need of health care was an inspiration and a great encouragement. The ways in which God uses his people to heal others and reveal himself through the healing are some of my favorite works of God. The most significant truth I learned from my experience was that the incredible power of God is greater than any work I can do with my own two hands—a truth I knew in my brain, but had not applied with my heart. Missions is not about me. It is solely about the glory of our creator.”

Mission hospital workers set up a mobile clinic in an urban slum.

While she was in South Asia, Still observed and assisted with community health outreach in both rural villages and urban slums. She welcomed patients to the clinics and performed height, weight and blood pressure assessments. She also helped with wound care, female health assessments and other minor procedures. In the evening, she spent time in the hostel getting to know and learn from South Asian nursing students.

The experience gave her confidence that professors in the GWU School of Nursing are preparing her for the mission field. “One day as a missionary, I will especially benefit from the variety of content in nursing courses,” Still observed. “My favorite classes are Anatomy and Physiology I and II, taught by Dr. Tim Zehnder. These courses were interesting, challenging, and taught information that will be applicable to my entire career. Each professor in the nursing program is encouraging and challenging in the best way, and each nursing course is better than the last.”

Additionally, she appreciates how the University’s liberal arts core curriculum is developing her problem-solving skills and increasing her knowledge in other subjects. “One of the classes I have benefited from the most would be Old Testament with Dr. Paula Qualls,” she assessed. “I learned to critically examine scripture and engage in thought-provoking discussions about crucial topics. It has been wonderful to have courses outside of my major that challenge me and develop my perspectives on various concepts.”