We are the Gilley Family.
Nathan & Bethany Gilley with our 4 children.
Living in Honduras.
Our family is on an adventure: we moved from Murfreesboro, Tennessee (USA) to a language school in Siguatepeque, Honduras. Two month into language school we went on a brief trip to our mission hospital (to allow Bethany to deliver our fourth baby), and while there, COVID19 struck. Since then we have been unable to leave, so we’ve begun settling into our work at the mission hospital. With tight travel and school restrictions, we are thankful that God has us here at the hospital where we can work and help. And until things change again, we’ll be here – a rural coastal hospital near Balfate, Honduras called Hospital Loma de Luz. Pray that we may provide medical care as the hands and feet of Christ while raising our family in the Way.
We are missionaries through World Medical Mission Post-Residency Program which is the medical mission arm of Samaritan’s Purse. The Post-residency program specializing in bridging the needs of mission hospitals around the globe and the calling of God on medical doctors who are completing their residency. They come along-side candidates with a thorough interview and commitment process. Whereafter they support their post-residents through the steep learning curve of medical missions; facilitating travel, language learning, visas, licensure, hospital placement, fundraising, spiritual care, and mentorships for a 2-3 year period.
This is our tentative timeline:
- Family Medicine Residency – Completed June 30th 2019
- World’s Medical Mission Post-Residency Orientation – Completed August 2019
- Language school in Honduras – 2020 for 6 months – interrupted at 2 months
- Move in and begin working at Loma de Luz – 2020-2022 for a 2 year commitment with Samaritan’s Purse Post Residency Program – started, may return to language school at some point.
- Seek the Lord’s will about the location of our family’s continued ministry
We are presently attending our language school online, while living in a house on the hospital compound near Belfate. I am working in the Hospital/Clinic, and Bethany is continuing the work of homemaking, educating our 4 daughters, a making our home a place of hospitality and ministry. Bethany, though a Physician Assistant (PA), is not committed to working in the hospital at this time. We would like to get settled in, find our routines, and then branch out to ministry opportunities as God presents them.
After 2 years serving at the hospital, our commitment with Samaritan’s Purse will come to an end, in the middle of 2022. By that time we hope God will have revealed the next steps that he would like our family to take. The purpose and hope of the 2 year post-residency program through Samaritan’s Purse is that missionaries will be transitioned to long term mission agencies and continue to serve abroad.
Please keep us in your prayer and support us as you feel led.
Nathan & Bethany Gilley
Belfate, Colon, Honduras
8th of May, 2020
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are not the views of Samaritan’s Purse or World Medical Mission.