The annual Kenya medical team was a great success in so many different ways. The team of ten from Michigan and North Carolina served with local pastors, evangelists and others to share the Gospel and give medicine to treat more than 2,600 people.
Based at Chepturu in East Pokot, the team would load up their daily supply of medicine and head out each morning to a location that had been chosen by pastor Job and his evangelism team in advance.
The team quickly gelled with each other and came prepared to work. Their willing spirits combined with their compassion, patience, and desire to help the people and each other was truly remarkable. Everyone, including the interpreters and drivers, went above and beyond the call of duty so that the group, all of us working together, could help as many people as possible.
I stood off to the side one day and took in a picture of what the church is supposed to be as people, black and white, who spoke different languages come together to show the love and compassion of Christ to the people of Pokot. It was a special time that will remind me of what is possible when we work together as the Church.
People like Kapon in Chemoikut, a mother of three. Kapon stood to give testimony that her youngest child, who was less than a year old, had been sick for some time. The area lacked any medical facilities and she did not have the money for transportation or for treatment of what ended up being a very treatable ailment. Kapon was so thankful when she received word that the medical team would be conducting clinics near her home. Despite a sleepless night, she was at the clinic site with her three children and was the first to stand to give thanks to God for our coming.
When I got home I came across Isaiah 58, which resonated with me as both an encapsulation of what the team did and as a reminder to me of a greater purpose and goal for my own life.
“… you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail” Isaiah 58:9-11.
Thank you to each of the team members and the people that made it possible to be part of the team. The impact of you being there and how God used you might never be known to you. The medicine that you administered will pale in comparison to the indelible mark you made through your sacrifice and compassionate spirits.