Carol Eskaros is an Egyptian believer who got involved in our YWAM Community Health Development internship to the Amazon. She was awarded the Centennial Scholarship at Barnard College, a private women’s liberal arts college, part of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City. She was told she could choose any area for a research study to advance an area of learning and then present it to a panel of faculty at Columbia. With a persuasive zeal, Carol boldly requested that she do an internship with YWAM where she would share the love of Christ to tribal people in the Amazon. The school approved and paid her way to do this internship in 1996.
While on the field, Carol was with a group of student interns who worked alongside doctors, teachers, missionaries and other professionals. Her health care team was called on to help deliver babies, examine malaria and tuberculosis patients, and bandage the wounds of leprosy patients. Carol dressed the wounds of a leprous man who said, “Don’t touch me; I am damned.” Carol befriended that man, named John, and she dressed his wounds and prayed for him. Though some of the experience did not see outward success, Carol learned the importance and the power of prayer.
Carol’s internship team worked with Kent and Josephine Truel, YWAM missionaries who worked on the Amazon for many years. You can read their stories in the book they wrote a few years ago called, River People. You can get the book here.
This was Carol’s first of many more missions trips since 1996; she and her husband have lived a life of commitment to Christ’s mission as a family on mission trips and right where they live. Carol explains how the internship was important for her marriage (she got married the following summer) and her four children. Carol talks about how she helped my wife, Mary Henry, in the kitchen during the orientation phase in Richmond, VA before the internship teams departed for Brazil, South Africa, and Albania. She said she learned how to be a Christian woman, a wife, and a mother, with a passion for Jesus and his mission by observing Mary and simply talking about life issues with her.
Carol’s family started a ministry called “Teaching Children To Care” or TCTC. Carol tells the story of her oldest daughter, Eden, who met two girls in Mexico that were sharing one pair of shoes. They had brought two pair and they fit perfectly. After that experience, Eden declared that they should return the next year with 100 pairs of shoes. God honored this prayer with over 1000 pairs of shoes were delivered to poor families in Mexico. Eden has dedicated her life to worshipping Jesus through Jazz piano, with a passion to bring excellence and devotion to God to her music.
When Carol reported back to the faculty panel at Columbia University, she explained a Biblical view of development as applied to the needs of a tribal group. She presented to professors, board members, and peers, and among them were believers and unbelievers. Carol opened her report with a scripture verse and talked about a people group she studied who live on the Amazon. She spoke about the poor education and hygiene of the people. And she presented to the faculty board the urgent need to teach hygiene, especially as it relates to a tribal group living on the Amazon river.
Carol honors Jesus Christ with a fresh zeal that is contagious. She tells of the importance of a holistic view of missional living. God desires every part of our lives to be an expression of worship. Listen to Carol’s passion and rekindle your own passion for Jesus.