Meeting a health guest’s physical, spiritual, and emotional needs through service, encouragement, and counseling, has given me the opportunity to develop the qualities of a Health Ministry major.
by Martha Castañeda as told to Kelly Ostrom
I knew God had a special plan for me, but after five years of training at Hartland and through my internship, I now better understand my life calling. I’m convicted of my life calling and am encouraged to move forward in the work. My vision is to be a blessing to my fellow man. God is leading me to work in Chile, South America, where my parents have been doing missionary work through the health message. Seeds have been planted, but now it’s time to bring this work to the next level. By God’s grace, very soon a lifestyle center will be running along with a medical missionary training program. My family and I pray for God’s blessing as we move toward this goal.
I currently work as a therapist at Eden Valley Lifestyle Center, doing hydrotherapy and massage treatments. I also prepare remedies in the herbal laboratory. Between sessions, I help with office work and housekeeping, but my favorite job is working with the clients. I’m thankful to God for choosing this place as my internship site. When I left Hartland, I had no idea how my internship experience would be. I had one Bible verse in mind, though. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20. The Lord has exceeded my expectations.
During the October session I had my most memorable experience. When I first met my client, Rosalie, in the treatment room, I knew she was a gift from God. We bonded quickly, and by the end of the program, it felt like we knew each other from before. She asked me to be her adopted daughter, and I was thrilled to reply, “Yes!”
I visited her in December for Christmas. During that time, I had the privilege of giving her hydrotherapy treatments for her breast cancer. Rosalie is also a single mother with a 13-year-old son. She has faced many trials, but her sweet spirit and loving heart have been stronger than any trial. We still keep in touch, and we encourage and pray for each other. Calling Rosalie “Mother” and giving her the love and support she needs has been therapeutic for her and an unforgettable experience for me.
Many times, God calls us to minister to others in ways we least expect. But when we take the challenges, those means of ministering to others become the greater blessings in our lives. They also help us understand His deeper calling for our future ministry.