I’m Michael Seamon, a 28 year old and have been living in Nashville, TN for going on 6 years now. In December 2010, I graduated from Belmont’s School of Nursing, and have worked at Vanderbilt on the Neurology/Neurosurgery ICU as a RN since.
I first visited Caring Hearts Ministries in August 2016. I have been going on mission trips since middle school with the church I grew up in, mostly domestically in the Southeastern US, but also abroad for 3 weeks in Cambodia with Belmont’s SON. I found out about Caring Hearts Ministries from my friend Mackenzie who had been on a previous trip before and invited me to go on the August 2016 trip with other Nashville college students and young professionals.
My most memorable experience from the trip would have to be the shut-in ministry when we visited Donny and Marytoni. Donny has been such a big part of Caring Hearts Ministries, as I learned before and while visiting with him and his wife; however, he has had to take a step back as his liver failure and overall health have made it nearly impossible to leave his home. As this was not a medical mission trip, I did not foresee having to use my knowledge or skills as a RN. But God gave me the opportunity to work with this group, specifically Natalie and Marcelo, who discovered the need and how to help, and Lalo, who helped translate, to teach and help Marytoni and Donny better understand his medications and his care to better treat him. Donny and Marytoni blessed us so much more with their kindness by welcoming us into their home and loving on us like family.
My time in San Luis impacted my life greatly. It showed me that I need to slow down, appreciate and praise God each day for what I have, and to continue to love on others. Since being back in the US, it has been a challenge not to just fall back into my routine with work, hanging out with friends and family, and so on, but God continues to remind me along with the help of the friends I made on this trip to pray and keep in touch with the people we met and promised to pray for.
- Michael Seamon 2016