Yesterday I had the opportunity of meeting a couple of gentleman, Vic and Harvey, who are volunteers working with a partner organization, ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.) These two men traveled well over 100 miles to get to our facility to pick up equipment that will be loaded into a container and shipped to Togo, Africa, where it will be put to use in a new hospital facility.
Vic and Harvey arrived at our loading dock with their Chevy Pickup Truck about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and began loading the equipment. The items that were included in this order included 2 anesthesia machines, the accessory kits, and another pallet of miscellaneous medical equipment and supplies. Did I mention that they pulled up in regular size pickup truck?
When I arrived in the warehouse to greet them, my initial thought was, “there is no way these two guys are going to fit all of that equipment onto that pickup truck.” I even heard another co-worker tell the guys “You can always come back and get whatever you can’t fit this time.” to which their immediate response was “we drove a long way to get here, we’re not making another trip anytime soon.” And so the loading of the equipment continued.
Before long, both anesthesia machines were loaded onto the back of the truck and the pallet of miscellaneous products began to find travel space in every nook and cranny that was still available. By the time this truck was loaded, it was packed from floor to ceiling inside the cab as well filling the available space in the bed of the truck.
While finding places for all of the products on the truck, I heard Vic say, “we’ll do whatever it takes to get this equipment loaded and back to the warehouse so it can get loaded onto the container.”
Whatever it takes…those words stuck out to me. These two men were willing to do whatever it takes to get this equipment to its destination, when my initial thought upon walking into the warehouse was that of negativity. I was thinking there is no way they will fit that equipment on that truck. The determination and desire from these two men spoke volumes to me. It really wasn’t about the distance they had to travel, or the amount of trips that they would have to make back and forth, it was about wanting to get it this equipment sent off as soon as possible so that others can begin to experience healing.
I am so thankful for the partners and volunteers that we work with on a daily basis, who are willing to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get the medical equipment and health products into places all around the world so that they can begin to change lives.
Whatever It Takes…may we take that mindset as we continue on the tasks that we are called to be a part of. God Bless You!