Missy Brown addressed a crowd of doctors today at the Bluffton Medical Center. She was surrounded by white walls and rows of tables, a stark contrast to how she's spent more of the year. Missy is an O.R. Nurse on a mobile hospital that part of the medical mission organization called Mercy Ships. Through the organization she travels the most poverty stricken countries to provide medical aid.
Missy sold her home, quit her former job as and spends most of the year away from family and friends. She says she's been called to serve. Missy says “Number on my faith. I love missions and I love the Lord and he took care of the poor and needy and so I feel I have that passion to give back to the poor and needy.”
This year she helped perform facial surgeries on people with severe tumors and defects in West Africa. She says she's seen things that she never imagined, which make the job that much harder. Missy says “When you start to put yourself in their shoes and think what have they been going through these last few years and you learn there story that's when it gets hard.”
But the reward is huge. And not one she's willing to give up anytime soon. Missy says “They come to the operating room and 7 hours later you have removed their tumor.”
Brown will be off to Africa again in January and will be there for 11 months. For now she's trying to get in all the family time she can.
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