An Interview with Alisa and Andrew Geers
Alisa and Andrew Geers joined First Pres in Spring of 2014. They were among the first to join our 20s Ministry launched in August of that same year, and quickly became vital leaders within the ministry. In my time with them, I have seen the Gears display a deep spiritual maturity and understanding that their personal callings are part of being active participants in expanding God’s Kingdom. Soon after we met, I learned of their mutual desire to pursue international medical missions. Our 20s Ministry is excited to support (financially and prayerfully) the Geers’ calling, to truly merge their faith and work. While I am ecstatic to see God lead these faithful millennials to help the people of Honduras with much needed medical care, I personally (rather, selfishly) am sad to see my dear friends go. They are just that great.
Here is a little more of their story, and how our First Pres family can help the Geers make disciples who light the world.
Where did you grow up?
Andrew: Born and raised in Tampa, Florida.
Alisa: Lived in Asia until I was 7 while my parents were missionaries with Cru and then we moved to Oregon. My family settled in Orlando to be at Cru headquarters when I was in middle school.
Where did you go to college?
Andrew: BS in Athletic Training at UF, Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant at Nova Southeastern University.
Alisa: BS in Nursing at UF, Master in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University.
Where do you work and in what roles?
Andrew: I am a Physician's Assistant in an Internal Medicine practice in Ocoee.
Alisa: I am a Nurse Practitioner in a Family Practice in Eatonville, for the underinsured.
When and how did you get interested in international mission work?
Alisa: I was first interested in medical missions when I went on a summer project to Botswana, Africa at the age of 14. Seeing the desperate needs of the people there, both physically and spiritually, I vowed to stay in Botswana and create change - my parents eventually convinced me that I should return to Orlando to graduate from high school first! During that trip I decided I would become a nurse and ever since I have been eager to travel to different countries to work with underserved people groups.
Andrew: While reading Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson in high school, I first felt stirred to pursue a career in medicine. That desire was further shaped after taking a mission trip in college to Nicaragua. While there, my eyes were opened to a disparity of resources and care.
Andrew: Both of us felt called to Latin America, and while searching for possible places to serve we were directed to Hospital Loma de Luz. Loma de Luz is a mission hospital in rural Northern Honduras where there is great need for services for a group of villages comprising about 70,000 people. The next nearest hospital is about 4 hours away and most people don’t have the transportation to get there, much less pay for any services. While small fees are charged for services at Loma de Luz, no one is ever turned away due to lack of funding. The hospital is currently short-staffed and in need of more providers to continue running basic operations, such as inpatient and surgery services.
What is the name of your organization?
Andrew and Alisa: The hospital Loma de Luz is part of the Cornerstone Foundation. Our sending agency is Christian Health Service Corps.
What will you be doing there?
Alisa: We will be providing care in various capacities – through the emergency room, inpatient care, outpatient appointment visits, wound care, and radiology services. We treat men, women, and children; also providing prenatal, obstetrical, and gynecologic care. We also get to point all of our patients toward Christ at every encounter – praying for them anddiscussing true healing from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us.
How long will you be there?
Andrew: We are committed to 2 years of service and, with God's leading, open to more.
What are you looking forward to most?
Andrew: I am looking forward to learning about a new culture and growing in my medical skills.
Alisa: I am excited to use my clinical skills to serve those who need it most, but would likely never be able to access it without the hospital being in their community. And pineapple, lots of fresh pineapple!
What causes you anxiety about going?
Alisa: Leaving our friends, family, and First Pres community is the most painful thought about moving to Honduras.
Has being involved at First Pres helped you prepare?
Alisa: First Pres has been a spiritual rock for us, helping us grow in our marriage through the Marriage Retreat and “Two Becoming One” Sunday school. Individually, we have both been challenged in our 20s Ministry Bible studies. Our knowledge of the Bible, doctrine, and ourselves has increased since becoming members.
How can the church family support you?
Alisa: We cannot attempt to make this move alone. We need a team to come beside us prayerfully and financially to ensure success of our time at the hospital. We realize that not everyone can or wants to move to Honduras to provide medical care for the poor there. Investment in this ministry allows a person’s footprint to extend far beyond the Central Florida area. We need to raise $3,800 per month to cover living and travel costs while serving in Honduras. Most importantly, being covered in prayer for safety, wisdom, and grace is essential for our time there to be fruitful.
Can you share an interesting fact about Honduras?
Andrew and Alisa: When Christopher Columbus first discovered Honduras it is believed that he said “Thank God we got out of these great depths,” which is why he named it Honduras. In Spanish, Honduras means “great depths.”
What do you most want others to know about mission work?
Andrew: We believe that it is important to preach the gospel, bring people to faith, and disciple people to maturity. It is also important to minister to the whole person, which sometimes opens the door to the gospel. The Lord has given us medical skills and we are happy to give it back to Him to use for His glory.
Alisa: Each of us are called to be missionaries in some sense. The Lord has called some of us to be His witness at work in a law office, teaching elementary school, or at home raising children. We are His salt and light, His witness, whatever our job or vocation. ●
If you feel led to support the Geers in their journey, visit healthservicecorps.org/moto/geers. To connect directly with Alisa and Andrew, or to learn more about our 20s Ministry, contact Scarlett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407.423.3441 x1497. To learn more about Loma de Luz, visit crstone.org, or the Geers' sending agency, healthservicecorps.org.