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  • Jordan Avery

It's Hard to Accept What I Cannot Change

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

A little while ago I was chatting with my Grandma about her time on the Anastasis and she told me, "the devil will try to stop you from following through with God's plans." I wasn't sure that I believed it at the time. I knew that things may come up but I didn't think that it would be so persistent. The devil really does try to get in the way of God's plan.

I have tried to go on missions trips in the past but it seems like they always fell apart but it has dawned on me recently that I just wasn't in the right place to make it work. Whether it was from the wrong reasons for want to go or I just wasn't strong enough in my faith. Either way, I obviously wasn't ready for the experience. The devil, or maybe it was even God, blocked me from those past opportunities and I let myself be blocked. But not this time.

This time I am ready. I am prepared. I want to go for the right reasons and I am not going to let this die. No matter what is thrown in my way.

The reason why I feel the need to share this right now is because I feel the weight of everything that has been put in my way to stop me from going through with this experience. Nothing has been so major that it's stopped me in my tracks but recently I learned something that almost made me stop in my tracks. I say almost because I know that the work I will be doing is important and I don't want to give that up, but, the thought honestly crossed my mind. Obviously I wouldn't let anything stop me from going ever, but the thought of postponing flickered across my mind.

Recently I learned that a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and is now in palliative care. In a little under 2 months he went from diagnosis to tumors found throughout his body and placed in palliative care. This was heart wrenching for me. He has always been there for me throughout the years. So needless to say I was hesitant for a moment about leaving for 6 months or longer. However, the sad news is that he might be gone before I even leave for the mission.

In reality, I just need to accept that leaving will be hard and there will reasons not to go. But it is also true that there are so many reason TO go. My personal life is no reason to not be a hand in helping the hundreds of lives the Mercy Ships affects every year. I may not be a doctor or a medical health professional but I am going to be a part of the team. I will be making a difference and that is so important. When it gets hard like this I just have to keep my eyes set on the people I will be helping.

So many lives are affected each year by this company. My grandma went through the same thing as I am now but both of us have realized that we have life so good here in Canada. When a minor condition begins to affect us we can just go to the doctor to get treatment. We don't realize it because we don't ever see it. The girl in these pictures could have lived a normal life if her condition was caught early. But she had to learn to live with her condition as it deformed her face. The Mercy Ship crew were able to give her a sense of normality back.

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