About Me

My name is Jen Hathorn. I'm a family medicine physician. Since January 2015 I have been living in Egbe Nigeria, which is in Kogi State. I am serving at a bush hospital practicing full spectrum family medicine. I am working with an organization called World Medical Mission which is a part of Samaritan's Purse. This blog is my place to stay connected with you through stories, meditations and pictures. I hope that you enjoy reading the posts!

Friday, October 31, 2014


In ancient times, it was customary for laborers to be sent ahead of an Oriental king (prior to a journey) to make sure that the roads he would travel where safe and smooth. Often they would spend a year or more working by hand so that the king would have a pleasant, easy ride. Imagine that task!! The sweaty, daily grind of clearing, shoveling, leveling. 

Was this on Paul’s mind when he encouraged Timothy to keep himself pure of dishonorable or unclean things so that he would be PREPARED for every good work the King would choose to do through him? 2 Timothy 2:21, “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” 

As the days slip quickly away before I leave for Nigeria, I wonder if I have prepared myself enough. I often think I haven’t and then I begin to feel nervous. Did I read enough books? Should I have taken certain classes? Did I use my time wisely? Am I even remotely close to being ready for this new phase of my life? 

The questions swirl and then drift away as I settle onto this truth; the preparation I need most is spiritual. Of all the ways I can prepare, this one is preeminent.  After all, my primary motivation for moving to Nigeria is not humanitarian or personal - it’s spiritual.  I’m heading down this path because He has called me to. He is the one with the grand vision and plan. It is my King who knows the people I will meet, the circumstances I will encounter and the reason for each. He knows the good works set out before me, the ones that fit into his eternal plan. 

My role? 
Get ready.
Get pure.
Get prepared! 

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