Angeline desires to reach her fellow Kenyans for Christ by serving as a midwife.
by Kelly Ostrom
Hartland College will soon graduate its first Midwifery major. Meet Angeline Nyaata, a student from Kenya, Africa, who loves the Lord and ministering to His children. Here she shares about her internship experience in Tennessee:
“God allowed me to stay with a midwife and work closely with her and other midwives in her area. I learned from them how midwifery is a ministry. Apart from prenatal and postpartum visits and delivering babies, we prayed with mothers, visited former clients, and met our clients’ other needs. We cleaned homes, did hydrotherapy treatments, gave advice on other ailments for mothers or their family members, handed out literature, and visited with those who just needed company.”
Not everything about her internship was what Angeline expected. “Delivering babies has always sounded like a beautiful thing to do. However, there have been times when I have felt helpless during births and wondered if I would be able to handle certain situations.
“During these births I have found myself praying harder. I have prayed that God would keep me calm and give me the right words to say to the moms, that I could be of help to the midwife I was working with, for discernment, and for strength. And praise the Lord that His strength is made perfect in weakness! It has been after such hard or seemingly difficult births that mothers have commented on how calm and peaceful I seemed or what peace they felt as I reassured them.”
The training Angeline received at Hartland really helped in the field. “The health classes I took have really come in handy. Many of the mothers prefer natural remedies to allopathic methods. This gave me opportunities to share different natural remedies for complaints they experience during their pregnancy and other common ailments such as the common cold.
“On the other hand, I appreciate the Bible knowledge and the desire that Hartland instills in its students to study the Bible. This has been of great help when I met people who needed encouragement and when I was challenged to explain certain beliefs from the Bible.”
As her internship draws to an end, Angeline says: “I thank God for the many memorable experiences I have had during my internship. Being out in the field has given me a burden to use midwifery to reach out to families in need whether financially, physically, or spiritually. I long, by the grace of God, to go back to Kenya and help the mothers there.”
Please pray for Angeline as she continues to grow and serve in this ministry.