I have volunteered at St Anthony’s Free Medical Clinic for 3 months. They are open on Monday evenings and Wednesday mid-days. I work every Wednesday. Therefore, I had worked there about 12 days when they asked me to be the supervisor for the clinic this whole week. (Take note: I had never worked a Monday evening so I was being asked to supervise what I had never done.) I asked the Lord about it and He brought to mind the late, great Amy Carmichael, the stalwart, single woman missionary to India who went with abandon believing that if she didn’t have what it took to do the job, God would send someone with the gift or create that gift in her. I thought about it. I am not advocating that one be unlearned where one serves, but I thought, in this case, I can trust Him to be with me with what I know and rely on Him to provide what I do not know. Here is how it went, Dear Readers!
I arrive at the clinic 15 minutes early to get everything ready to open. There are 3 people already there holding their place in line to be the first to be seen by the doctor. I unlock the door and they turn the lights on. They must have been regulars. I didn’t know exactly where all the light switches were, but they did. I turn all the office machines on and the printer does not work. Later, I discover the secretary knows how to get it to work and so she does. Two student nurses are there fulfilling their clinical rotation for school. They are Seniors and started right in once I oriented them to what they were to do. A volunteer came to take down the Easter decorations and put up other things. Her mother is a physician so she brought pills that drug reps left at her mother’s office for use in the clinic. A fellow registered nurse finally arrives to oversee the students more thoroughly and co-sign their notes so that I can supervise and field calls coming into the clinic. A pharmacist arrives to count pills and find the most inexpensive places to purchase what we don’t have. The physician arrives right on time, is someone I know well and knows my situation, so we proceed right on schedule.
A patient wants a tetanus shot. Do we give them? I don’t know.
The RN with me is a State Health nurse and tells them where and when to show up at the State Health Center the next day for the injection.
The secretary says physicals are done every third Saturday by a certain doctor. She gave the young girl an appointment.
A phone call came from a woman with Florida ID wanting a blood test. She could only come in the morning. I told her she would need a PA ID and how to get it before Wednesday morning. I also told her how to get to clinic by bus. I will be the supervisor Wednesday, too, so she must have her PA ID.
A man needs methyltrexate for a skin condition. We do not have that. The pharmacist is able to help the doctor decide on alternative ways to treat the man that we have the ability to do.
And so…God provides…in community…using all the gifts of all God’s people! Alleluia, amen!