2012 Kenya Medical Mission: The Team Speaks Blog 2

Say it ain't so.....the team is already gone.

It's so hard to believe how many months the team spent preparing to serve in Kenya, and yet as you read this blog the team has already returned to the US.  Wow!   Where did time go?  The old saying still rings true, "time flies when you're having fun."

Well, even though the team has returned safely, to the US, we want to provide ministry updates and words from the field.

Day Two of the Camp in Loruko:


"It was truly a morning to see my team members as they compassionately tended to the physical needs and spiritual hunger of this very remote community.  It is also humbling to see how the people of Loruko, living in such harsh conditions, still can see the joy of the Lord in their lives.”  -  Dr. Mike G.

“Today is day two of our medical mission with the people of Loruko in Isiolo Kenya.  As the morning began I was full of excitement and anticipation of what God was going to do on this day.  I continue to be amazed at God’s work through dentistry at the hand of the skilled yet humble Dr. Mike Givens.  My day ended with an introduction by my fellow team member Ramel to Pastor John, we prayed for him and seeing his heartfelt response to our prayer I was blessed by the presence of God.”  -  Roy W.


Patients wait to see a physician.
“As an American physician, with the best training (three degrees, Board Certified) I thought that I came prepared to treat most illnesses.  Today, I realized that sometimes people need really simple things like a $2 pair of bifocals.  All the training in the world didn’t compare to how humble this made me feel.  Every physician should have this experience.”  -  Dr. Linda G.

Dr. Linda checks the leg of a young patient.

Dr. Jana sees a young patient.
NaKisha and Ava prepare the babies and the children to see a physician by washing their hair/heads.
Mom and baby are happy!  All smiles...


Wrapping up Day Two!

Evangelism & Education...

The Evangelism Team educates the community about Christ and HIV/AIDS Education.

The following prayer was written by the translator who assisted Min. Alonzo with Evangelism and Education.  What a blessing and an honor for Min. Alonzo to receive such a heartfelt prayer.  Wow God!

“Prayer for our pastors, priests, evangelists, bishops, sisters, brothers, seminaries, church leaders, parents, teachers, community members, sponsors and our benefactors who are with us.  Lord Jesus, I pray that you bless our visitors together with my best companion friend Evangelist Alonzo.  These visitors sacrificed their time so that they come here in Kenya to share, learn and also treat sick people which is a good job and I promise that a great reward is kept for them in heaven and I do pray that the work of their hands is blessed.  Whenever they go to their destinations make their journey to be safe and guide them with the power of the Holy Spirit and I am sure they have learned a lot here in Kenya and their relatives and children will be very happy because they would be told a lot because we learn from others.  I pray you in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

Stay tuned for more updates.....

On Mission with God....The Team Speaks!

The team arrived safely in Kenya on Friday, August 31st.  We began Saturday morning with our "Kinship Gathering" so team members could meet our collaborative family and get to know the locals that would serve on the mission team.  ...and the weekend continued......

Cross-Cultural Training!

Team building!

After worship at Ridgeways Baptist Church!

Team Luncheon!

Preparing for medical camps!

Isiolo Arrival....more team building!


God is so awesome!  Today was the team's first day of serving in the Loruko community, in Isiolo.  Read on to see pictures and hear summaries from several of the team members.

Unpacking the truck for the day!

"Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Talk about experiencing God!  I saw God today through so many eyes; from medical, to dental, to education and most important, salvation.  What a blessing it was to be the answer to someone's prayer, as it was an unforgettable worship experience.  The team and I moved Faith Forward in Africa, sharing the love, life and lordship of Jesus Christ." - Nadine F., Camp Floater

"My experience today with the Loruko community, in Isiolo, was an experience I will never forget.  I literally felt God throughout the community regardless of the fragile huts the people lived in.  In essence, our souls connected, like no one I've ever connected with before!"  - Kim E., Medical

"We were five medical providers and we had a lot of help from translators and team assistants.  On average, we saw over 100 patients with different kinds of ailments including: intestinal worms, wounds, fungal infections, cataracts to corneal lacerations.  We treated them and it's our prayer that God heals them.  We are looking forward to serving more patients tomorrow and we hope that we will offer more than medical support."  - Elizabeth & Christina, Medical

"Today the triage/education team had the honor and privilege of being the first to extend the love of Christ Jesus to the people of Loruko.  We were blessed to distribute 140 medical and dental service bands to local villagers.  Our education team shared the Gospel, in addition to teaching HIV/AIDS prevention.  We planted the seed and God got the increase as approximately 20 people either rededicated their lives to Christ or accepted salvation for the first time."  - Kim W., Triage/Education

"Watching the Lord move in the dental area was a blessing, not only for the guests, but for me as well.  How the Lord anointed Dr. Mike's hands was amazing.  He performed each extraction effortlessly.  I am excited about what tomorrow and the next few days will bring as we serve in honor of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."  - Meresha C., Dental

"Before today, I had no experience distributing medicine.  I must admit, I was a little anxious about working in the pharmacy when I got my assignment.  But God is good and He equips those who yield to His will.  What an awesome experience to see God at work.  Before I knew it I was pulling medicine for the pharmacist with ease.  I just thank God for giving me the opportunity to help the Samburu people."  - Thomas S., Pharmacy

"Today was an exciting and exhilarating day.  I started today with some uncertainty about how I would react on my first international mission assignment.  Driving through the Reserve and seeing the elephants, giraffes, gazelles; and seeing the beauty of nature.  It was an awesome experience seeing the organization of the camp once we were on the ground.  I'm really looking to tomorrow to see what God is going to do."  - Min. Alonzo W.,  Education

We trust you have enjoyed this update!  More updates are on the way......


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