While Marilyn was training as a nurse in Ottawa, she recalls a time when God challenged her with these words: “I want your life too!” Marilyn had just placed her mission gift in the offering plate when the Spirit prompted her to consider serving in His mission. She knew at that moment she was heading to the mission field.
Marilyn’s ministry in Kenya neatly divides into two chapters: Nursing, from 1975 to 1998, and Discipleship Training from 1998 until her retirement in 2017. Her first nursing assignment was quite an adventure at the Tom Mboya Memorial Health Centre on Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria. For four-and-a-half years she delivered babies, treated the sick, and travelled by boat to conduct clinics on Mfangano Island. The next 10 years were spent treating patients at the Komolion Dispensary on Lake Baringo and in conducting clinics in other places in the region. Marilyn’s talent and dedication projected her into the leadership of PAOC’s medical work in Kenya. This involved thousands of kilometres of solitary travel for this young nurse. Just shopping for supplies was a major event. Marilyn talks about her challenges matter-of-factly –
“It was God who protected me.”
God certainly did a major work in Marilyn’s heart to win her so completely to His will (Stephen Chaloner, 2017).
The medical ministry of our global workers has treated many physical ailments and has enabled people to find their way back to God.