Recent Concordia graduate Rachel Keller is a 2010 Immanuel alumna. She graduated and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing this year. Rachel’s passion for science and her ease In forming relationships were qualities that led her to become a nurse. Not only did nursing combine her passions, but she was introduced to the world of health care at a very early age. Rachel explained, “I was diagnosed with a bone disorder called Perthes when I was 5. It required 4 surgeries when I was 6, 7, 11, and 16 to correct bone deformities in my hip. Being in the hospital a lot from a young age not only lit the fire for my passion of health care but also required trusting God; it’s a perfect example of Him using something painful and difficult to be for my own good because it introduced me to my passion of nursing.”
Rachel recently had first-hand experience of the Lord providing a path when she went on a medical mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico. Before leaving, Rachel had signed a lease in Chicago to make a big change. As soon as she arrived in Ensenada, Rachel fell in love with the city, the people, and the help she was providing. Rachel said, “I have never heard a call more clearly before”. The missionary group Rachel was working with housed mission groups year-round. Not only did Rachel feel she would be a good fit for such work, but the mission group felt so too. Regardless of that, Rachel still had the lease in Chicago which wouldn’t allow her to come back to do missionary work. A short two days into the mission trip, Rachel’s lease in Chicago fell through, which allowed her to apply to come back. Rachel is returning to Ensenada this summer to continue doing mission work. When she returns she will be beginning a new nursing job in labor and delivery. According to Rachel, “I think what’s important to know too, is that hearing a call and feeling the need to follow it is hard. I had a plan, pretty much set in stone. I knew what I wanted and that’s what I was going to do. I hadn’t really consulted God much in the decision. But he showed me (quite clearly too!) what he wanted me to be doing! Having plans change is hard, but knowing that God is working through it and me for the betterment of others makes it all worthwhile.”
Along those lines, Rachel advised Immanuel students to remember Proverbs 16:9. While we may think we know our direction, God is ultimately the one who makes these plans and guides our lives.
We are proud of your drive and dedication, Rachel, and can’t wait to hear all about the mission trip to Mexico! Nursing is the perfect career path for you. God bless you on your journeys.