September 2012 Kenya Trip Report

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Thank you for your prayers. We know they were effective.

Due to the conflicts in upper Tana River  we had to focus our first two clinics a little South of there.  Many refugees came to our clinics seeking medical attention. Some had traveled over three days, running for their lives.  They were tired, frightened and in need of food, clothing and medical attention.  We supplied as best we could and left money with the pastor in charge who has since returned and brought food, clothing, blankets and more importantly HOPE. Since doctors were on strike, every place we went said you have come just in time – God’s timing not ours.

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We held nine clinics in eleven days. Some required us to take along armed guards.  Most places were a 45 min to two-hour drive from our location at night.  We saw 350 to 400 people each day.  Nat provided reading glasses for many and even sunglasses for some whose work was mostly outdoors and sun intensive.

The Dental team of three dentologists and a licensed dentist from Kenya saw from 12 to 75 daily, doing cleanings and extractions as well as dental health consults.  Praise God for the two David and Sammy who risked their life to be with us that first week.  They told tales of fighting and killing that will not be elaborated here.  We sent supplies back with them to Tana, along with a pastor from that area who also braved the conflicts to come and get medicine for his people.

Sherry was our evangelist.  She presented the Gospel in small groups and then prayed with families and people individually at their request.  We had a wonderful worship service Sunday at Malindi.  I was able to share with the people a message from God’s Word.  The service was conducted with security guards at the entrances. This because churches are being targeted in Kenya, and steps are being taken to protect worshipers.

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It was a wonderful time of working together – our USA team and our Kenyan team, hand in hand sharing, caring, and serving. Our prayer is that all of Kenya would unite this way.

Our final day was spent at the orphanage near Nairobi that Nat and Sherry had served with many times before. It is in the heart of Kikuyu country, so many eye ailments were presented.

Despite conflicts around us –the clinics ran smoothly Thanks to the team:

  • Andrea, who saw patients, packed pills, and did all requested of her.
  • Victoria, who organized and ran the pharmacy, never getting behind, and when possible lending her expertize seeing patients.
  • Rebecca, who saw patients and assisted in pharmacy and wound care.
  • Amber, her daughter, who never tired of assisting Victoria in pharmacy and learning the skills necessary to run it when Victoria left the second week.
  • Nat who was the eyeglass man.
  • Sherry who did some medical consulting, but primarily pastoral care and evangelism.
  • Hats off to our fearless drivers – Moses, Eutycus, and James.
  • Dental team – George, David, Sammy, Regina, Constance and Alex – all from Coastal region.
  • Pastors too numerous to mention – but a few Douglas, Shimbira, Paul, Stephen.
  • Our Kenyan HIV VCT tester, Rosemary, who traveled to all our clinics and saw about 25 daily. She entered those positive into the government system for medications and care.

The second week we were joined by a group from California doing a palliative care seminar in Nairobi and Maua at the Mission hospital.  For five days they joined us for clinics and worked diligently and tirelessly Thanks to:

  • Lee, coordinator of the seminar and NP who saw patients.
  • George, a physician who specializes in family practice and  was right at home treating his Kenyan family practice patients.
  • Brooke, who worked pharmacy, saw patients and did wound care.
  • Deb, who did primary care and pharmacy.

All of this would not be possible without the assistance and organization of Ruth, the health care coordinator for the Methodist Church in Kenya.

Praise be to God for all He has done and will continue to do for His people in Kenya To God be the Glory

Thanks again for your part in praying and supporting.

Lee and her team spent the second week in Kenya doing a seminar on end of life issues for the medical personnel at Maua Methodist Hospital in Maua and in Nairobi. Gathered  together were Kenyan and U.S. patient care providers involved in developing a model for the care of patients seeking solace in the midst of their illness.  Even in the U.S., developing and implementing a model for patient and family care is difficult. In Kenya, with limited resources, it is even more difficult.  Nevertheless, many who attended the conference said it was not only helpful but significantly changed how they approached people in these situations. Praise God for His guidance in this aspect of medical care