In 1988 two novice missionaries commissioned by the Philippine Wesleyan church ventured to Africa to serve at Zimba Mission Hospital. As enthusiastic young doctors, Romeo (Romy) and Linda were full of energy and were able to connect well with Zambian patients. But when the HIV/AIDS epidemic hit Zambia, their energy and resources were tested.
As Romy affirms, “In the beginning, we thought we were able to match the immense health needs of the people. But when the HIV/AIDS epidemic peaked in that country, it was beyond belief to see so many people dying every day. There was very little that we could do.”
They completed their first term as medical missionaries exhausted, and with serious concerns about whether they could make a difference in the lives of the people they were serving. During their first furlough they asked themselves the tough question, should they continue?