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Missionary profile: Bill and Marsha McCoy

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Bill and Marsha McCoy have served in Papua New Guinea, part of the Melanesia Field in the Asia-Pacific Region, since 1996. Bill is a medical doctor at the Nazarene Hospital at Kudjip and Marsha works for the the Melanesia Field office.

Prior to this assignment, the McCoys were located in Swaziland at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, from 1985 to 1993.
 
They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
 
Engage: How did you first recognize God’s call to be involved in missions?  
 
Bill: Within three months of beginning our assignment in Swaziland,1985, trying to serve in my own strength, I collapsed in weakness, illness and despair. Flat on my back in bed, I heard God’s invitation to serve in His strength, on His terms, for His purpose.
 
There have been “calls” before and since, but that was the one that made the difference.
 
Engage: What is your favorite aspect of what you do in your present assignment? 
 
Bill: At Nazarene Hospital, a long line of people come to us on a daily basis. They need and they seek our help. We give ourselves to them, care for them, rejoice with them, weep with them, pray with them and for them. It is rich, full and intensely meaningful.  
 
Engage: What are some of the challenges that you face in carrying out your work?  
 
Bill: A colleague of ours was recently asked about the greatest problem she faces on the mission field. Her response: “I am.” That is true for us as well.
 
Engage: Please share a story of a significant event or moment that has happened in your current assignment.
 
Engage: How do you maintain a close relationship with God and your family in the midst of the demands of missionary service? 
 
Bill: Live in grace. We’re deeply thankful that God seeks us, loves us and sustains us. 
 
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Engage: What are the rewards of what you do?
 
Bill: Those sacred moments, potentially found with any and every patient, when darkness turns to light.
 
Engage: What are some aspects of the culture where you live that you have come to love or embrace?  
 
Bill: A deep trust shared between patients and doctors.
 
Engage: What do you like to do for fun?
 
Bill: Drink coffee and eat chocolate with Marsha after lunch. 
 
Engage: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?  
 
Bill: I am so technology challenged, I struggle to use a cell phone. Not sure whether anyone is surprised . . . 
 
Engage: What advice would you have for others exploring a possible call to missions, or embarking on their first missionary assignment? 
 
 Bill: Don’t settle for anything less than that which God plants in your heart. Pursue divine passions.

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