My story—Aidan Papaol

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When I was only seven or eight I read “Gifted Hands”, the story of Adventist neurosurgeon Dr Ben Carson. That book inspired me and at that young age I decided I wanted to be a medical doctor.

But during my schooling I was distracted by friends and the troubles of growing up and I lost this vision as I drifted further away from God. However, He continued to bless me with academic success at school and I graduated from high school with marks good enough to enter university.

I know that there’s a long road ahead with many twists and turns, but until God leads me differently, I will stay on the path He has laid out for me.

I was thinking of studying science at the University of Papua New Guinea but somehow the official record of my grades was slow in coming. By the time it arrived the deadline for enrollment had passed. But what at first looked like a disappointment turned out to be a blessing, because I was able to attend Pacific Adventist University instead. I’ve only completed one semester of a Bachelor of Science at PAU so far and already my spiritual life has been revived by the worship events and positive Christian atmosphere. 

As my connection with God has strengthened, I’ve found that my childhood dream of being a doctor has returned stronger than ever. I’m even thinking that I might specialise in neurosurgery, like Dr Carson. I know that there’s a long road ahead with many twists and turns, but until God leads me differently, I will stay on the path He has laid out for me.

His blessings have continued through my studies—all my marks have been A or A minus this semester. At some stage I will need to switch to another university that offers medicine—I don’t know if this will be in PNG or if I could qualify for a scholarship to study overseas. But God knows. And my awareness of His plan for my life is motivating me to continue to strive for excellence.as told to Kent Kingston