Elizabeth McCormick is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a pharmacist at the Chicuque Rural Hospital in Mozambique. She was commissioned in May 2016. Her husband, David, is also a missionary at Chicuque.
Chicuque is a fishing village on the Indian Ocean coast some 300 miles north of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. It is well known in the region as the location of the 200-bed rural hospital that bears its name. The health care facility was started in 1913 by a Methodist medical missionary, and remained under church sponsorship until 1975, when it was nationalized by the government. However, in 1986, during a protracted civil war, the government asked the church to form a partnership with the Ministry of Health to manage the hospital. Chicuque provides a wide range of primary and preventive health services, including general medicine, women’s health, surgery, and pediatrics. It has an emergency room and a pharmacy serving an area with a population of some 500,000.
Elizabeth is from Shreveport, Louisiana, where she is a member of the Grace Community United Methodist Church in the Louisiana Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in neuroscience from Centenary College, Shreveport, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She became a certified geriatric pharmacist in 2016.
She has worked as an outpatient clinical pharmacist at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center and as a pharmacy manager for the Brookshire Grocery Company. Earlier, she was a pharmacist and intern with Walgreens.
Elizabeth is from a Christian family and says she has never “experienced life without some knowledge of the teachings of Christ.” Yet as she found her identity apart from that of her parents, she also learned to separate faith from the rest of life.
“It did not take long for me to discover that a life apart from Christ left me confused and empty. I may have chosen to ignore Christ, but Christ never forgot me. Thankfully, God took me from being a ‘good Christian’ to experiencing the fullness of life through Jesus. I am called to seek justice, love the outcasts, fed the hungry, and be in community with others…Once my faith journey was shifted from duty, I began to see opportunities to live like Christ all around me.”
The idea of serving in Africa as a missionary was actually placed in her mind as a child when a missionary serving there spoke in her church. Years later, the thought recurred when she became active in volunteer mission journeys.
After her marriage, she and David talked about leaving their comfortable lives to enter mission service, but it was not a choice embraced at that time. “Once we started a family, I thought God had taken that calling away, but after a second child I heard the calling stronger than ever.” Local church small-group studies removed any doubt. “God used those studies to set a fire in my bones for the mission field. It became a calling we could no longer ignore or rationalize our way out of.”
Elizabeth and David have two small children, Eva, born in 2012, and Annie, born in 2014.
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