Praise the Lord! We made it to our first Pokot clinic since coming back to Kenya. We had a wonderful time and the Lord was so good to us by giving us traveling mercies and a blessed time with the people there. We started our journey on Saturday morning and made the 4 hour drive to Lodengo where we have been going to work among the Pokot for over the past 1 year now. It was my first clinic since returning from our furlough. I was very interested to see how the work was going on in the clinic/health center that we are constructing. When I left them last December they had only completed the foundation. So I was very happy to see that they had already almost completed the building. The community has really all been working so hard. The women have been bringing all the water they need for the project often walking long distances to find it. As you may know we are in the process of digging a well, but it had to be put on hold until another bigger drilling rig can come and finish the job. We found the ground was very rocky there so we are praying to get water soon. So before we started our clinic we took time to really appreciate all the work they had done. We held the mobile clinic in the new clinic building even though it was not all the way done. It was still so great to use even 3 of the rooms and everyone was so happy. Before the clinic we had a time for sharing the gospel. I shared the story of the tower of Babel and how the people at that time were building it to bring glory to themselves, but that we wanted to build this clinic to bring glory to God. I asked how many of them were followers of Jesus and less than half of them raised their hands. I wish I could tell you that at the time of the invitation they all decided to accept Jesus in their lives, but that did not happen. There is still much darkness in that place and that is why we want to have a steady presence among them with the clinic. God is beginning to break through among them and every time we go we get to see the new believers and fellowship with them. On Sunday morning we spent several hours with them, worshiping together and praying for their people. We heard one testimony of a woman that had come to know the Lord the week before. She said she had been making home alcohol brews before, but she was no longer going to do that. She now wanted to follow Christ. All the believers are first generation Christians. It is fun to see their excitement for learning new things about the Lord. We are praying for God to fully reach their people and that they would follow Him for generations to come. It felt very good to be ministering to them again in their physical and spiritual needs. That is our goal each time we come. We make sure that they know we love them and we are there because of Jesus. We take time to pray with each patient when they come to the clinic which has been such a joy. It seems like I always get my sickest patients coming on Sunday mornings. The last 2 visits I have had to start IVs on sick patients before church. The woman that came this time had recently miscarried and had lost a lot of blood. We gave her IV fluids and medicine to help her blood levels increase. She came to us dizzy and bearly able to stand. When she left I saw her smiling at me and with her strength back, which is one of the reasons why I will keep going back again and again. I look forward to opening the Health Center Lord willing by early next year. We hope to complete the clinic and start working on building a staff house within the next month. Thank you to so many of you that have helped contribute to this project. We feel it is worthwhile and something the Lord desires for these people. We pray that it will produce much fruit in every way for many years to come. Enjoy some pictures below of our trip.
|AIC Lodengo Health Center under Construction
|Meeting with Pokot woman before the clinic
|Post-partum ward and matenity under construction
|Evans and I. He is my contractor for the building.
|Before the clinic
|Praying with a mom and her sick baby
|The children singing at church