“The best thing I learned at Hartland is that God is in control,” says midwifery intern, Tammara Usedo.
by Sabrina Petersen
Tammara wanted to study midwifery in a Christian environment free of New Age practices and superstition. Thus, she and her husband Stewart decided to leave Connecticut and move to Virginia so she could attend Hartland College.
Despite tight finances, Tammara has watched God open doors, particularly for her internship. One dilemma she faced was that the only internship sites were in Texas and Tennessee, but relocating again was not an option. “We knew God had a plan for us in Virginia,” she says.
Indeed, He did. While Tammara completed her last term of studies at Hartland, an internship site became available within 45 minutes of her home.
Another challenge that Tammara had to place before the Lord was that of debt. With student loans, rent, and other expenses, she realized the need to find a job during her internship; yet no one wanted to hire someone who had to be on call 24/7 as a student midwife. “At one point I wanted to give up midwifery, but every time I was going to quit, the still small Voice kept saying, ‘Work hard; stay faithful in the small things.’” God has provided powerfully as Tammara has followed His leading. Just recently, she received a call from her preceptor, asking her to work full-time! “This is only from God,” Tammara rejoices, “because most student midwives pay their preceptor, not the other way around.”
God has been faithful to Tammara as she has followed His will for her ministry as a midwife and has sought to witness for Him through her example. Her first opportunity came through her attire. Her preceptor told her, ”I never have to worry about Adventist students dressing appropriately because you all dress very modestly. I like that.” Her coworkers, who were initially skeptical about her vegan diet, were shocked to realize its benefits. “I have never seen a more perfect blood panel!” one of them exclaimed after Tammara had been tested for nutrient deficiencies. Through these small situations, Tammara’s coworkers have opened up to the truth, gratefully receiving Spirit of Prophecy books such as The Desire of Ages and The Great Controversy.
Keep Tammara in prayer as she continues to be used for the glory of God through her ministry as a midwifery intern!