Bigger Than Me

In 1953, Dr. Wana Ann Fort arrived in Zimbabwe, where she and her husband became the first doctors at the primitive Sanyati Baptist Hospital. In addition to serving as a doctor, Wana Ann was a cook, Sunday School teacher, hospital correspondent, language student, and mother of five sons.

Life on the missions field was difficult to say the least. The Forts not only faced physical and environmental challenges but also encountered a culture deeply rooted in witchcraft. The more the Forts understood the people’s tribal religion, the more they desired to show them the light of Christ.

Wana Ann tells incredible stories about how God changed the lives of the people in Sanyati in her memoir, A Thousand Times, Yes. I love this book and encourage my friends to read it, especially those who are interested in medical missions.

One day I loaned the book to my friend Annie, who is studying to be a physician’s assistant. A few months later, she called me and said, “Rachel, you’re not going to believe this!”

That day Annie had shadowed a female doctor who went on a missions trip every year to a Baptist hospital in Zimbabwe. Before long, Annie realized that this doctor was serving at Sanyati Baptist Hospital—the same hospital where the Forts had served.

I was amazed. This doctor had never even heard of Wana Ann, but every year she flew across the world to bring the same gospel to the same to the same people in need of service.

Annie’s connection showed me that service in God’s kingdom doesn’t begin and end with us. God uses believers in His giant plan that is greater than what we can foresee or imagine. When we step back and follow Him with our whole hearts, He will reap eternal rewards.



Rachel Sinclair is a student at Samford University and loves to share people’s stories. Contact her at






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