“Meeting medical missionaries in Nigeria drew my heart to know more about their mission. It astounded me to behold something different in their lives that is not common among many others,” recounts Dorcas Akintunde.
Dorcas is a Nigerian health major with an optimistic outlook and a big smile. She spends a lot of time at Hartland Lifestyle Center doing what she loves best—health ministry! “I grew up in a dedicated Seventh-day Adventist home,” she says. “My father always wanted my siblings and me to get involved in church work. He implanted the spirit of service in us.” But it wasn’t until she met medical missionaries that she felt God’s call on her life to help Him heal people physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Dorcas gained some training from an Adventist lifestyle center in Nigeria and immediately went to work as a missionary in Kenya and Bangladesh. Afterwards, she continued to minister in Nigeria. “I always found myself gathering people together, educating them on different illnesses and their remedies, giving cooking classes, and organizing health expos. It gave me joy when people said, ‘I did what you taught us yesterday, and it works.’ What a blessing!”
After the Adventist lifestyle training center in Nigeria had to close, Dorcas and her friends began praying about starting a new one. God provided for the purchase of a property for the new training school, and full of encouragement, Dorcas applied to receive further training and experience at Hartland. Disappointingly, her visa application was denied twice. Undaunted, she continued to pray and do medical missionary work, and a year later God prompted her to try for a visa again. This time, it was granted!
Dorcas came with sponsorship from friends, but when that ran out, “graciously, the Missionary Training Fund (MTF) invested in me so I can complete the four-year program,” smiles Dorcas. “Hartland has definitely given me advanced training in health ministry. I have gained more skills for teaching from my classes and working at the lifestyle center. The new training school still awaits my return to be the health teacher. This school will train Nigerian students who couldn’t get visas and those who can’t afford to attend Hartland.”
We at Hartland are so thankful for your MTF donations. They help train students like Dorcas, who will then train others to serve. What a wonderful investment in God’s work!