Nurse Rebekah Sartori laughs when she speaks of TLC’s staff on the ground in Swaziland. “We work so closely together, I don’t think there’s much they don’t know about me.”
A registered nurse in a Kentucky hospital for six years, Rebekah was asked to lead a team of Cedarville University nursing students to Zimbabwe. When political instability caused that short-term trip to be cancelled, Swaziland became her “second choice.” In 2011, she returned full-time with The Luke Commission.
Rebekah now is the medical and QA manager and has developed many new medical programs, including the surgical eye program, in which patient care is always foremost. And Swaziland is now her favorite place. “I like the kindness of the people, the beauty of the country, little things like the climate, and big things like my church.”
To supporters in North America, Rebekah says: “Remember you’re making an impact and play a vital role in God’s kingdom. It might be easy to be disconnected, so please make every effort to stay committed. I’m truly grateful to those who stay committed without seeing TLC firsthand.”
As Rebekah is spending her later 20s and early 30s in Swaziland, she willingly discusses her relationship with Jesus, too. “My view of Jesus changes with the years; He’s showing me different things. This past year He has been a loving disciplinarian –- patient, gracious, working on my pride and bad habits.”
About TLC’s long-term presence in Swaziland, Rebekah notes: “Harry and Echo have been willing to follow where God is leading. TLC has a more and more established place, medically and spiritually, in Swaziland. We’ve grown, been given property, and have a place to call home. That’s plenty of evidence that TLC is here to stay.”