Hiking Angels Landing

Most things in life that are truly worth it do not come easily. As I sit here and write this post, I am was given this reminder as I thought about all the events that have taken place in the past few months. I finished my first semester of medical school well, and it certainly required a lot of work. For anything in life that is truly worth the time, it takes time and dedication. My journey to not only become a successful physician but also a successful man of God is one that requires these same qualities.

 

 

It is easy to appreciate the highlights from social media posts about one’s life; however, few actually want to devote time and dedication towards reaching those goals. Hiking Angels Landing with my brother at Zion National Park this past summer was an incredible experience. The particular day that we hiked was 110 degrees, so it made the hike that much more difficult. I had seen the views from atop Angels Landing online, and really wanted to be able to experience them for myself. The first half mile of the hike was not incredibly difficult; however, when I reached the switchbacks, things began to get challenging, especially with the heat.

Reflections from the Dominican Republic Medical Mission

When I initially signed up to attend the medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, I knew that God would use the experience to work in my life and in the lives of others around me. However, I did not expect the lessons I learned from so many people. Although traveling to a foreign country is exciting alone, the medical experience, spiritual influence and guidance, and lifelong connections I gained from the trip are what made it one of the best experiences of my life.

 

Brandon Gilliland Medical Missions

 

As I was boarding the plane to fly from Jacksonville, Florida to New York City to meet the team, I was excited, but I also thought about all the ways I was not prepared for the trip. I immediately began to think that my Spanish was not fluent enough to communicate effectively with the people in the clinics and that I was just a hopeful future physician. When I met the team members at the airport to board the plane for Santo Domingo, we all instantly connected. I felt as if I had known these people most of my life. I was reminded that God brings together His people and equips each person to accomplish His perfect mission.

Medical Mission to the Dominican Republic Team Video

It has now been a week since I returned from the trip to the Dominican Republic. Settling back into normal life was difficult at first, but I soon realized that my new normal was different. The experience and life perspectives I gained from the trip are things I will take with me throughout the rest of my life. This will certainly not be my last trip.

 

I know that I could not have served without the support of so many people. You all know who you are! 🙂

 

In return, I wanted to create a video for all of you showcasing some of the highlights from the trip.

 

 

I’m Back In The United States!

Hey everyone!

 

I just wanted to provide a quick update that I’m now back in the United States from the medical mission trip with GHO to the Dominican Republic. I’ve posted a few pictures from the trip on my Instagram, so please check those out if you haven’t yet.

 

I will be posting more details about what happened during the trip soon. I am waiting until I have all pictures organized from the rest of the team, and I would also like to make a video. I’ll continue to keep everyone posted about it.

 

Thanks again for the prayers, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences of my life.

 

-Brandon Gilliland

Dominican Republic Medical Mission Trip

Hey everyone! It has been quite some time since I have updated here on the blog portion of the website. I have been busy finishing up school, and I am blessed to say that I have graduated from Florida Atlantic University. You can visit my projects page to see what all I’ve been up to recently!

 

For the past few months, I have been praying about attending a mission trip during my time off before medical school. Recently, an opportunity opened up to attend a medical mission trip with the Global Health Outreach to the Dominican Republic in March. I have been approved for the trip, and I am excited to begin the process of fundraising.

 

On the trip page, the following mission can be seen: “Our Global Health Outreach team will partner with the Oasis church to reach into needy communities, providing them with physical, emotional and spiritual care. We will be providing primary care medicine and dentistry, plus a reading glass clinic.- GHO”

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