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“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6.33
While gazing down at little Cynthia, a precious & severely malnourished Nigerian girl, Tori noticed that protruding from this child was a bloated, pregnant-looking belly; at this moment everything Tori had counted loss to follow Christ had been worth it! “She was using her accessory muscles to breathe… her belly was so tight and hard…her mom had no resources to help. I sat little Cynthia on my lap… I prayed for her… then I gave her my lunch…”
Having enrolled in the year-long IMPACT195 program following nursing school, Tori had given up her dream to pursue a full time nursing career in San Diego.
Prior to her enrollment in the IMPACT195 program Tori had taken a three-month missions trip to Mexico where she lived with a missionary family. While there she had experienced a sweet rest in her spirit. At the same time God began to reveal how He was marrying her education to His plans for her in the Harvest.
“In Mexico, I served in a week long medical clinic… I learned how to run it, to manage it and ensure that it was successful.” Tori’s experience in Mexico indeed prepared her for IMPACT 195’s short-term trip to Nigeria where she was given the responsibility of organizing and managing the medical clinic. “It was my responsibility to put together the medical outreach, to place team members in roles I thought they would flourish and grow in and to organize the acquiring of supplies we would need pre-trip.”
As a nurse, Tori knew she could educate the Nigerian locals, but not being a doctor her team could not provide medicine. “God showed Himself so strong as the Great Physician! We prayed for everyone that came to the clinic and people were healed left and right of their ailments! It was book of Acts kinds of stuff! In our insufficiency, He showed His sufficiency and many gave glory to God!”
Over 260 Nigerian people were supernaturally healed of blindness, lameness and a host of other physical ailments during their trip.
As a result of her time at IMPACT195 Tori priorities have shifted. “I used to think career was the first thing I should seek, that anything shy of that was irresponsible. But now, having sought first His Kingdom this past year, I know that that God is sending me to the missions field to use the skills and expertise He has given me in order to win souls. Nursing won’t be my main purpose, but it will be part of it…”
Upon Tori’s graduation from IMPACT195 this fall, she plans to work diligently to pay off her school loans so she can go out as soon as possible. During the program Tori worked part time helping to care for an older lady suffering with Alzheimer’s, and now helps to do home care for a girl who has been in a coma for the last 2 1Ž2 years while serving as a staff nurse for College Area Pregnancy Services.