Learning to Serve
Connected to prayer
This article was first featured alongside our Prayer Diary in April 2019. You can download the April 2019 prayer points here or sign-up to receive future editions by post or email.
Alexandra Geiser is French and Swiss and has just completed her medical studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Becoming a Christian aged 21, Alexandra is excited to serve God using her profession. She works as a doctor in a hospital in Vevey, Switzerland, and is considering further mission work in the future. Alexandra went to Madagascar for a three month mission trip after finishing medical school. She shares;
“I’ve always wanted to do humanitarian work, but since becoming a Christian, I’ve also wanted to use my job to work for Christ’s kingdom.
“When I came home people asked me, “What did you teach them?” but really the question should have been, “What did you learn?””
When I came home people asked me, “What did you teach them?” but really the question should have been, “What did you learn?” The people I met had a real impact on me. If someone was sick, no matter how long it took to get to the hospital, all the family would go, leaving their rice fields behind (which are their only way to earn money). They know how to take time for important things, how to listen, how to help and how to rejoice.
My time away also helped me experience the faithfulness of God. Being in a different country and a different culture was hard. Sometimes, I struggled to know how to deal with certain situations. I had to adapt to their ways. But, as 2 Corinthians 12:10 says, ‘When I am weak, then I am strong’. God taught me humility during these three months, which was valuable, but sometimes hard.
In Europe perhaps it’s easier to ignore God’s voice. We don’t make time to listen, or maybe we are afraid of what we might hear if we did. But while I was away God opened my eyes to show me how he could work through me if only I would let him. Pray that I would let God work in and through me, and that others too would feel God’s call to servant hearted ministry.”