A servant’s heart reaches across Africa

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.  ~  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Over eighteen days, two teams, consisting of doctors, nurses, therapists, students, pharmacy support, quilters, bubble blowers, and all-around hand-holders, left the comfort of their homes, their families and their community to give of themselves in Africa.  Our teams were in Ghana, Kenya & Uganda.  Our teams experienced eating new foods; for some, using a passport for the first time; sleeping in unfamiliar environments; driving on less than smooth, well-maintained roads; waking at dawn and returning at night, just in time for a late dinner before falling asleep in their beds.  Our teams found themselves immersed in their new surroundings.  They held hands, wiped away tears, received hugs, danced, laughed, cried, and provided preventative as well as restorative care to over 3500 men, women, children and babies over the course of their combined 10 medical clinic days.  Beyond medical care and treatment, our teams also discipled and spread the word of Christ.  For some this was done quietly, through a gently held hand.  For some it was a discussion over learning to quilt.  For others, it was as they worshiped in the local community; hands raised and hearts opened.

Trust in the Lord.  It may not always be easy to do.  For 22 individuals, who listened to God’s call. Who got on a plane and traveled the globe.  They demonstrated to those they witnessed to as well as to themselves, that we all must and we all can, “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Trust is not easy.  Trust requires you to cast aside your fears and your worry and have faith.  Trust requires vulnerability and during a mission trip, trust also requires an open and forgiving heart.  One Community says “Thank You” to those who demonstrated their Trust in the Lord over those 18 days.  “Thank You” to those who supported from home, and sent their loved ones to serve God in Africa.  And, a very big “Thank You” to those who allowed us into their lives and touched our hearts, for we have all learned, that while you can return home, and clean the African soil from your clothes, Africa will always remain in our hearts.  So grateful for the trust that lead 22 individuals on a journey to Africa and to witnessing Life Change across the globe.  To help change the world, One Community at a time.

 

 

Kenya/Uganda team arrives in Makuyu, Kenya
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Kenya/Uganda Team is busy at work!

Our Uganda team made it safely to Uganda today with yet ANOTHER smooth sailing though customs with no questions asked. God continues to shower them with His grace and favor! All are well and having such fun serving these precious people. They are a close team with lots of silliness along the way. Yesterday was an amazing day at ROCO 20 school in Kenya partnering with Open Door Missions. They conducted a medical clinic for the grandmothers who weave baskets to give 10% of their income to the school as well as to generate an income for themselves. They were adorable and full of spunk! You can buy their baskets when the team returns! The Uganda team leader, Cathy, also had to join in with them for the “CuCu” (pronounced “show-show”) exercise class. While having fun with the CuCus some of the guys worked on electrical wiring for the school while others repaired torn clothing for the children or just played and loved on the kids. All had a wonderful Kenyan prepared meal together on top of a deck to enjoy the view. Tomorrow we are off to a small village in Uganda to do a large medical screening, partnering with local doctors and nurses. The team expects to treat 100-200 people who have been told we are coming. Pastor Moses Kaziba‘s team will also share the gospel and do discipleship training with some groups. In the mean time Jessica Smith, a quilter, will be teaching a quilting class to the women of the Mustard Seed Faith Community Ministries and there will be soccer play for the children. It will be a VERY full day. Thanks for your prayers. Pray for continued stamina as we are all a bit tired from all of the travel and lack of sleep. Also pray that those we come in contact will see the love that the team hopes to reflect.

 

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