The plan was to travel with a medical team to Senegal and serve 2 villages by providing free doctor’s consultations and free medicine to people who were too remote and too poor to seek medical help in the city.
The morning of the team’s departure from Charlotte, we got word that the government would not allow any medicines to be brought into Senegal. We all had to quickly re-pack our suitcases and remove all the Tylenol, aspirin, Neosporin, etc. that we had intended to use in the free clinics.
Upon arriving in Senegal, we were told that the government would not allow us to do a medical clinic in the villages. We had 2 doctors on this team and 3 nurses. Why would God allow this to happen? The only thing to do was pray. As our team sat there in a circle, Dr. Joe was not discouraged. He said, “Obviously the Lord has other plans for us.” We prayed for God to show us what He wanted us to do.
After that prayer time, our Senegalese partners came to us saying they had received permission to take our medical team to 2 prisons and serve the prisoners and guards. So we were able to treat them, pray for them, and share God’s love with them.
We did go to our adopted village, but instead of offering the medical care, we visited every family in each hut and prayed for them individually according to their specific need. There was not one person who refused prayer. God’s plan is always the best plan.
By: Cheryl Toombs, Former Missionary to Senegal, recently retired from Home Office Staff.