With a successful 2013 NFA mission season behind us, we begin preparations for 2014. The first task is to review applications that have come in over the past year. It is always interesting to read the answer to the question, “What prompted you to apply for an NFA mission and what are you hoping to get out of the experience?” After reading a few of those responses, it made me think of the Josh Wilson song– “ I REFUSE!”

“… I don’t wanna live like I don’t care.
I don’t wanna say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse, to sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose not to move-
but I REFUSE!”

In October 2008, we began asking nurses to join us in providing compassionate nursing care along with medicine and medical supplies to people in Africa who had little access to medical care and no resources to pay for it. Since then, nurse after nurse has made the decision to step out of their comfort zone and commit to making a difference.

17 trips to Zambia…thousands of miles…over 150 nurses…an ocean of tears along with mountains of joy…it’s been an AMAZING five years! We are so thankful for all the nurses who were a part of it…for nurses who said:

“I refuse to make one more excuse…

It’s time for me to follow through

And do what I was made to do.”

Nurses for Africa looks forward to the next five years as we continue taking teams to Zambia and also expand our outreach to Malawi (and beyond?). We will continue to make new friends for life with not only fellow team members but also with the wonderful folks we meet in Africa. We will go with the hope of changing the life of one person for the better. We will come home forever changed in our perspectives on what is important in life.

Will you join me in saying?

“I refuse to turn my back and try and act like all is well.

I REFUSE TO STAY UNCHANGED!”

Theresa Poole RN

Founder/Director Enjoy the music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B1Lv8k5pEc