West Lawn UMC Mission Team

Four weeks ago we were so blessed to have a church team come from the US and spend a week with us in Magambua. My parents and my Uncle Bob from Virginia were also part of the team, so that was an added blessing for our whole family!
They came from one of our supporting churches, West Lawn United Methodist Church, in Pennsylvania, who raised funds for the new patient ward that is being built. The team members were Pastor Jeff Raffauf, Al Wicks, Peter Sellgren, Bob and Stephanie Mays, Joyce and Mick Eager, Bob Harman (my uncle), and Blasto and Machaa from Kenya. During their stay they worked on the interior of two of the rooms in the new building. It was impressive what they accomplished in the six work days they were here. They painted 51 ceiling boards, built a frame to hold them, and then mounted the boards in two rooms. Then they painted both rooms and window frames with two to three coats of paint, and mounted one of the doors.
The team worked side by side with our local foreman and other builders and were a blessing to all. Besides the construction work, on Saturday they also did a puppet show and games for a bunch of the local kids. It was a blast!
Pastor Jeff got an opportunity to share during devotions at the clinic and also preach on Sunday morning. The team even got up and sang some songs and my Uncle Bob played the trumpet in church. Many in the church told us how much they enjoyed these American guests.
Our two Kenyan friends Blasto and Machaa were an integral part of the team and such a huge help with translation, getting their luggage to Magambua, the construction work, and playing UNO with our boys! Liz Lampen jumped in as well that week and worked right alongside the team, painting, puppeting, and taking some of them around to visit some of the elderly Sandawe people.
Melissa did a wonderful job organizing the hosting of the team, orienting them, and arranging Tanzanian cuisine for lunch and having the team over for dinner at our place each night. She even set up a cook-out in the bush off the airstrip, and a ‘safari’ brunch in our front yard.
We thank the Lord for all the safe travels, the great example of partnership the team was, the work that was accomplished, and the experiences the team had while in Tanzania (like learning how to fit a non-square door into a non-square frame, and how to kill a five foot spitting cobra!). My dad (an OBGYN) and I even got to deliver a baby together while he was here!
Thank you so much for praying for this team, it is exciting to see this new ward coming along so well. Not that a building is something in and of itself, but it is a tool for ministering to patients and caring for them with Christ’s love. It’s what happens inside the building that counts. Exactly one week after the team left Magambua, we were able to use the two rooms they completed, filling them with eye surgery patients. The eye surgeon was able to do 31 surgeries, and we would not have had room to admit all of them if it wasn’t for the work the team completed on the new ward. Thank you guys! – Jon

 
Arriving at Magambua airstrip!
Arriving at Magambua airstrip!
Part of the new ward.
Part of the new ward.
Jeff, Liz, and Stephanie painting ceiling boards.
Jeff, Liz, and Stephanie painting ceiling boards.
Putting up the frame to hold the ceiling board.
Putting up the frame to hold the ceiling board.
Drew giving Uncle Bob a hand.
Drew giving Uncle Bob a hand.
Dad cutting wood.
Dad cutting wood.
Morning devotions at the clinic.
Morning devotions at the clinic.
Josh helps paint a window frame.
Josh helps paint a window frame.
Peter cutting wood on the mitre saw with Machaa looking on.
Peter cutting wood on the mitre saw with Machaa looking on.
Pastor Jeff meeting one of the local village leaders.
Pastor Jeff meeting one of the local village leaders.
Jon, Dad (Mick Eager), and night guard Forto after killing a spitting cobra.
Jon, Dad (Mick Eager), and night guard Forto after killing a spitting cobra.
Blasto and Machaa nailing a ceiling board in place.
Blasto and Machaa nailing a ceiling board in place.
 
Stephanie Mays and Al Wicks working on painting the walls.
Stephanie Mays and Al Wicks working on painting the walls.
Bob Mays and Pastor Jeff lugging ceiling boards.
Bob Mays and Pastor Jeff lugging ceiling boards.
 
This could be a Coke commercial.
This could be a Coke commercial.
Machaa, Blasto and Al happy about the work accomplished.
Machaa, Blasto and Al happy about the work accomplished.
Cook-out near the airstrip.
Cook-out near the airstrip.
 
 
Bob Mays painting window sills.
Bob Mays painting window sills.
Joyce Eager painting walls.
Joyce Eager painting walls.
Peter painting the joints with Blasto 'supervising'.
Peter painting the joints with Blasto 'supervising'.
Daniel and the Lion's Den puppet show.
Daniel and the Lion's Den puppet show.
 
The 'Lion Hunt' skit.
The 'Lion Hunt' skit.
Dad showing how to play bells.
Dad showing how to play bells.
The crowd watching the show.
The crowd watching the show.
Games!
Games!
Limbo!
Limbo!
A job well done.
A job well done.
It fits!
It fits!
Uncle Bob playing in church.
Uncle Bob playing in church.
Pastor Jeff preaches.
Pastor Jeff preaches.
 
Visiting a local elderly couple.
Visiting a local elderly couple.
Playing UNO.
Playing UNO.
Pastors Michael Mashauri, Peter Dotto, and Jeff Raffauf.
Pastors Michael Mashauri, Peter Dotto, and Jeff Raffauf.
Safari Brunch on departure day.
Safari Brunch on departure day.
Celebrating Rachel's fourth birthday.
Celebrating Rachel's fourth birthday.

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