The increasingly unique thing about Campbell University is the amount of opportunities students have to explore their career path. The amount of space that I have as a student to expand my mind and think about what I want to do once I leave this beautiful campus and become a licensed pharmacist is probably my favorite thing about this university. If there is something that you decide you want to do as a student in order to prepare for your career, chances are we have a like-minded faculty that wants to help you do so.
Last semester over Spring Break, while all my friends were off on beach vacations enjoying some relaxing sunshine, I journeyed down to Honduras with several other professional students and faculty on a Medical Mission trip to set up a medical clinic in a village that had not seen medical attention in over five years. My faith, serving, and going into the world to meet people and share Christ’s love for them has always been a huge desire on my heart. Getting to go down to Honduras last semester drastically changed my career path. I have always loved missions, but I never realized how realistic it was for me to be a pharmacist and still me a missionary for Christ until this trip. After coming home from this trip, several students and one of our faculty decided to look into other opportunities to better equip us for our return trip this spring (yes, the trip was so amazing that for me going back was never a question). It didn’t take long for us to decide that we were going to make our way up to Kentucky and attend the Global Health Missions Conference.
This year was the first time that CU has sent pharmacy students and staff to this conference, and as amazing as it was I can’t wait to encourage students to attend from now on. Colonel Pickard (our faculty member) and two fellow students started our road trip to Kentucky on Thursday morning and arrived just before things got going for the evening. The conference is hosted at Southeast Christian church which is by all definition, a mega church. It is easiest to say that arriving at this church was an overwhelming experience just because of the size. And then the immediate realization that you’re about to be surrounded by thousands of other Christian medical professionals all present to learn more about how to use their medical training to serve Christ in other countries.
Between the four of us that attended the conference from CPHS we attended several different seminars including how to prepare yourself for medical missions overseas to how to get funding and supplies for your trip. Whether you want to attend this conference to be spiritually fed and learn more about how to prepare for missions, or you need to know how to make your trip more fruitful, this conference is for you. There are also three exhibit halls full of representatives from missionary insurance companies, medical and pharmacy residencies, medical supply companies, and missionary organizations themselves. Basically, if there is something you’re interested in getting involved in, or learning about, this is the place for you!
The members of Southeast Christian host and volunteer running the conference, and even host guests in their homes. This means two things: you don’t have to get a hotel room (which is excellent news for students), and you get a loving family to come home to and show you around Kentucky (which is also excellent news). Lucky for us, Colonel Pickard’s Aunt and Uncle live in Kentucky and are members of this church. They were our host family, and took us out to eat at their favorite restaurant in town. To our delight, it was an authentic German restaurant owned by a close friend of theirs. If you’ve never had German food and you’re ever in Louisville, you should definitely go to this restaurant. Judging the pictures of the desert alone, you can’t argue that it looks like a delightful experience (and it definitely was).
The main question that was posed to each of us was “Where is God calling you?” Each day, many times of the day, I walked past this banner and thought about this question. Lucky for me before I left, I think I found this answer. If you’re not sure what God wants you to do with your career and how you can serve Him as a pharmacist in your career, I highly recommend you attend this conference. If you’re not sure that you can be a health care provider and practice to the fullest extent of your license, I highly recommend you attend this conference. I think the answer may surprise you.
If you’re interested in learning more about this conference, explore the site! There is a wide variety of topics offered, and as I’m sure you can tell, it is a life changing experience.
-Taylor Griffies (P3)