Patiene GitauWhen Patience Gitau first visited OKWU, it was her mother who was convinced that it was the right place: “[Mom] loved the atmosphere and felt like this was God’s calling on my life. I was like ‘mm, I don’t know?’ But now, I definitely feel it was the best decision because I would not have been able to accomplish what I have anywhere else. Balancing basketball with the nursing program anywhere else would have been nearly impossible, and the way OKWU has helped me grow in Christ is a big reason I’m glad I made this decision in the end…You were right, Mom!”

Patience graduated in May 2018 with a degree in nursing, and had a job already waiting for her at a nearby faith-based hospital. While she was impacted like many students by aspects of all the Four Pillars, Patience was deeply passionate about the Pursuit of Truth as it relates to her field of study.

“I grew up in a Christian home. My parents are missionaries, and my dad is a chaplain in the Army. I’ve always grown up in a Christian environment, but I never really found that truth for myself, or understood why I believed what I believed. Coming here, you’re encouraged to ask questions, to strengthen your wisdom and pursue truth.”

One aspect of that truth is the inherent dignity and value of life from beginning to end—an important subject especially in healthcare today.

“We really put an emphasis on giving the same care to everyone, no matter what they look like, what they’re going through, or what brought them to this point…we do clinicals at The Cottage, a really powerful ministry with a mobile medical unit [owned by OKWU] that provides ultrasounds and pregnancy tests. Through this experience, we see mothers hearing their baby’s heartbeat for the first time and [thus] they make the decision of life versus death of their baby. Seeing that heartbeat gives a lot of dignity to that life.”

She has incorporated that mindset into her own practice of nursing. “I love to take care of people,” Patience said, “[because] I value every patient and see every patient as a potential member of the kingdom of God. Being able to have an impact on each patient’s life is the most meaningful thing to me: that’s why I do it…if I just instill a little drop of hope in each patient, in the most weak and vulnerable points of their life, I feel like that’s a mission field in itself.”

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