Today is the first day of our actual mission trip. We were out of the hotel by 9 am for our one hour drive to the church. Upon arrival there were about 1,000 people sitting quietly under the tents with those just arriving being registered at the makeshift front desk.
The first station is the HIV station where anyone wishing to have a blood test can have one performed on the spot. There is also HIV counselling available in the event of a negative (HIV positive) outcome.
Upon entering the church the first station is the dentist. New this year is that the dentist have some “deadening” medications. Yes, in years past anyone seeing the dentist did so without the benefit of deadening medications…..OUCH!
The next stop is the ophthalmologist. It’s interesting to watch the interaction between patient and doctor. At first the doctor points to the chart on the wall and if the patient can’t see even the largest print he begins walking toward the patient holding up different fingers. For one elderly gentleman he got up to within 5 feet of the patient and he could not differentiate between one finger or two! Unfortunately the only glasses we have are various levels of readers which range from 1.75 strength to 2.5 strength. The doctor is also equipped to handle minor eye infections which he treats with eye drops.
Moving on we come to 6 doctor stations lined up along the walls with screens to provide some privacy to the patients. The reviewing process was extremely slow today as the Kenyan doctors were quite thorough in their evaluations.
The next station is the dispensary with Karen and Jana being the designated pill counters. They bag up the medications into small bags which allows the pharmacist to deal exclusively with the medicine requests. Next to the pill stuffers are the pharmacist who fill the prescriptions.
Last but not least is the net station manned alternately by Michael, David and Doug.
In total our little band of merry missioners saw 979 patients and handed out 775 mosquito nets. Not a bad days work.
While the medical mission was taking place we were also doing the praying and evangelizing. Sean stepped up to the plate and gave powerful messages about salvation through Christ. He also held his own dance party with a lot of Watotoes (little children). Later Sean and David double-teamed the prayer station and heard all manner of issues from demons in lives to a daughter that is not paying attention to her mother. The dominate requests were for aches and pains from a life that is too hard and too stressful. We had one lady accept Christ during our prayer session. Praise God!
Sean and Michael entertained the Watotoes with a new game for them called Duck, Duck, Goose. Of course they had to demonstrate how to play it with Sean chasing Michael around a circle of 20 Watotoes. Don’t worry Trish, Michael survived.
Back at the hotel by 6 pm, dinner at 7pm, and then up again tomorrow at 6:30 am, we continue on our path. Pray for us. Some of the medical issues we encounter are just too much. Like a 4 year old child we prayed over who was born paralyzed.
So we go forth, in God’s name. Amen.