“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Praises and Greetings from Kenya!
We have been abundantly blessed. God has sustained us, encouraged us, loved us, and strengthened us through the graciousness and appreciation showered upon us by our Kenyan family.
We asked what MOHI would consider a success from the week and we’re told that a “win” would be if everyone who desired to be seen was seen. So far we’ve been able to keep on point through the grace of God — 225 patients seen yesterday and we believe we’ve exceeded that number today. Goal is to have everyone seen who wants to be seen so that no one is forgotten, left behind. God has given us strength for none of us have ever worked quite as we are now.
Monday we had orientation with Mary and her husband Wallace Kamau. What they have done with the slum community is truly amazing. They have taken an area of 3 square miles with 800,000 people and offer education, empowerment and self-reliance while bringing them the hope of Christ. Mary recently returned from a trip in northeastern Kenya where poverty has a different appearance with famine. However, NE Kenyans still own their land and have maintained their self-respect. In the slums of Mathare Valley she stated, “People at least have garbage but they have lost their dignity.” Missions of Hope desires to restore Mathare Valley inhabitants dignity by having them find their identity in Christ. By being an everpresent fixture in the community, providing education for the children, and partnering with other organizations to help meet the basic needs of the occupants, they have earned the respect of the people. The clinic has allowed MOHI and TPCC to partner in addressing some of the basic needs of people who are often forgten.
Brief overview of the clinic procedures: Patients are triaged then assigned to consultation rooms for evaluation. After evaluation patients are escorted to a room where they can pray with our prayer team. Patients then stop by our pharmacy before they exit. No one on our team has ever worked together in this capacity but this clinic runs flawlessly. We praise God for His faithfulness and the truth in His word. Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
I saw a seven year old boy today who wants to be an engineer when he grows up. From that sentence he could be from the US. However, he has lost one parent, lives in an area with no running water or electricity, and his clothes, shoes, and the only meals he eats are provided by his school in Bondeni. He constantly is exposed to horrible diseases that physicians hope they never see. He has no guarantee that he will reach an age where he can actually make the decision about engineering. He is amazing and courageous and his normal encompasses most other’s nightmares. I think we have all struggled a bit with the concept of suffering but C.S. Lewis stated it best, ” which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”