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Judy Parker

My Story

I was born and raised in a Christian home that taught me about Jesus from a young age. My parents pointed me to Christ through their life style and commitment to the church. I was always encouraged to attend church, Sunday school and 5 day club taught every summer by my Mother in our backyard. I enjoyed many summers attending summer camp and accepted Jesus as my Personal Savior when I was 8 years old. I was always willing and committed to serving Jesus with my life wherever, whenever and however He directed me. Through a series of events orchestrated by God I became a Registered Nurse. In my class at school was a friend who later became a TEAM missionary to Irian Jaya, (now Papua) Indonesia. I gladly supported her financial and prayerfully as she left for this foreign land. 3 years later, when her first home assignment came due, she invited me to visit her on the mission field. It was while there that God again spoke to my heart and I began the process of moving overseas to serve Him. It was my natural assumption that I would return to Indonesia but God had other plans. Again through a series of God orchestrated events I found myself in Zimbabwe working with student nurses at Karanda Mission Hospital. It took awhile but God finally convinced me that the land of Zimbabwe was the place he would have me serve him with my nursing skills. To that end I pursued my Bachelors and Masters degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and have continued to train nursing students at Karanda Mission Hospital for the past 25+ years.

Ministry Focus:

My ministry focus is to train Christian nurses who can bring the love of Christ to the people they serve through the Ministry of Health. In addition to the required nursing classes, we also teach Bible in our school and encourage the involvement of our students in the local church and also with weekly Bible Studies led by missionaries and senior members of staff.

The People:

I work with nursing students who are Zimbabwe nationals in the rural areas of Zimbabwe. We train Registered General Nurses in a 3 year diploma course and have always had an excellent pass rate. Our hospital is a busy rural hospital located in the north eastern corner of Zimbabwe close to the Mozambique border. We have a general surgeon and an OB/Gyn physician who do many surgeries.

Primary Prayer Request:

That I would be a light to the students who I come into contact with every day. Pray that they would see Jesus in me.

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