“I am learning so much more than just midwifery!” Victoria beams. “My experiences are equipping me with tools for ministry.”
Victoria Adeyeye, a midwifery major from Nigeria, has a burden for families in her home country. She plans to use midwifery as an entering wedge to introduce Christ and His practical gospel into Nigerian homes.
“I am so thankful to have the privilege to work with an Adventist midwife,” continues Victoria, who is now interning at Dove Charity Home Birth Services in Pennsylvania. She was offered another internship—and a job afterwards—with a non-Adventist midwife, but she sees God’s hand in directing her to her current position where she is free to participate in church activities without any Sabbath conflicts.
At her new church, Victoria is especially active in the youth Sabbath school and Pathfinders. “I am able to use the knowledge gained from my Bible classes at Hartland as we discuss different topics.” She has also invited the youth members to join her in outreach to a secular school, in partnership with Adventist Christian Fellowship. “This has brought to my mind the privilege I had to attend an Adventist mission-focused college.”
“I knew internship would be hard work and a growing experience,” Victoria relates. “Besides midwifery, I am learning how to run a business, how to be a teacher, and how to do media work. I like the challenge! I look forward to seeing how God will use all of this in my future ministry.”
Even though she has just one main preceptor, the Lord has opened ways for her to work with other midwives, too. “My preceptor hasn’t been very busy this year,” she explains, “so I’ve had the amazing privilege to work with two or three other midwives and learn different ways to do things. One of them had a negative experience with students in the past and was totally closed to working with students again. But now she wants me to work with her and calls me her student!
“I’m learning that the way we live our lives is the best way to lead others to Christ. I am learning to be a balanced Christian, to be content and thankful in all situations, and that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”