My name, Ezra, means “helper” in the Bible, and I’ve always desired to help both the fortunate and the unfortunate, the rich and the poor, with the knowledge I have gained.
During my first year at Hartland, I watched a YouTube video about a group of Christians who traveled to 11 countries in 11 months, using their knowledge to help others. I knew that this was what I wanted to do! When I learned about Your Best Pathway to Health, I thought this was the answer, and I prayed to God about Pathway. But He showed me another organization, Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN). I wanted to start working with them right away, but it was my first year and they were not accepting interns. So for three years I spent every Sunday fasting and praying at the back lakes. God did grant me my request, and I was offered a job as an intern at AMEN.
At AMEN, I have had the opportunity to work with doctors in vision, dental, medical, and lifestyle medicine. This has provided an excellent training ground for me to learn more in the medical field. I deal with a lot of patients at the free clinics each day, so I get an opportunity not only to share my knowledge with them but also to pray with them. When the patients leave the free clinics, I love seeing how they glow with joy.
As a Hartland student, I worried sometimes that my degree would only be helpful to the health guests at the lifestyle center and maybe a few Seventh-day Adventists who really have an interest in the health message. But all that changed when I joined AMEN. I was amazed that people are so willing to learn more about the health message and various lifestyle changes. Some people I meet are even willing to pay me just to get the free information that I thought wouldn’t make a difference. Others have tried to hire me as their health coach. I feel like I have a hidden treasure within me that everyone wants a piece of.
I am really thankful for all the knowledge I gained while at Hartland, and I hope that by God’s grace I will be able to practically deliver what I have learned to others.