What I Learned in Africa: An Introduction

This is my first view of the mountains in the distance upon arriving at Blessings Hospital in Malawi.

This is my first view of the mountains in the distance upon arriving at Blessings Hospital in Malawi.

“If you’re not using your life to make someone else’s life better, then you are wasting it.”

I don’t quite remember where and when I heard the above phrase, but it has really come to mean a lot to me over the past few years. I truly believe that this phrase applies to all of us, and in all aspects of our lives. In your work, your art, your play, your family, your church, your schoolwork– whatever the case– you need to be striving to make someone else’s life better.

It was with this phrase firmly planted in the front of my mind that I recently traveled with a group from my church to work for a week at Blessings Hospital, located just outside the city of Lilongwe in Malawi, Africa.

I have been on many mission trips over the years, but this trip a couple of weeks ago was my first off the continent of North America, so this was a brand new experience for me. However, with new experiences come new knowlege, new challenges, and new perspectives on life, and this experience was no exception.

In addition to new experiences, though, I also discovered that there are some things that are the same and don’t change, even if you’re on the other side of the world. There are things that we all have in common, regardless of where we live and what type of culture we exist in.

So, it’s with all of this in mind that I write this post today as an introduction to a series of posts documenting this trip that I just experienced a couple of weeks ago. My hope and prayer is that what I got out of the trip is a blessing to you, and that through my life, I can make your life better.

Talk to you soon!

–Eric G

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