Dear Friends and Family,
“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16b
Thank you so much for praying! The Lord blessed our time in Pahi and we had a very successful mobile clinic there. There were many aspects about the time in Pahi that evidenced the Lord’s hand upon the work there. Our team had great unity and a wonderful time of fellowship with the local pastor and local nurse and other believers who helped out with the clinic. Pahi has a great dispensary building and even inpatient ward (but only one nurse and a cleaning lady working there), so we were able to run things at the dispensary there. Here are the areas we really felt blessed to be used in:
STUDENTS: We saw 166 high school students, most from the local AICT Tanner Girls School. Many had small complaints, but a few were quite sick. We were able to do HIV testing and brief counseling with many of them as well, re-enforcing what the school is already teaching – that they are valuable in God’s sight, and that God’s best for us is to wait and save ourselves for marriage. Of course, not being naive, we also did a lot of urine pregnancy tests. Out of 100 only one came back positive. The local church and Matron at the school will be working with this pregnant teen and her parents. Unfortunately in Tanzania, a pregnant student is often dismissed from school, and they often don’t get another chance to finish their education.
We also saw 13 of the local children who are sponsored through Compassion International who were sick.
LOCAL VILLAGERS: We saw 91 people, children and adults, from the local communities and treated a host of illnesses like Typhoid, Malaria, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Pneumonias, Arthritis, and Diarrhea. Most everyone in the local area is from the Rangi people group. My impression is that we were well received and people appreciated the medical care. Pray for Joyce and Pastor Kuhanda as they follow up with the community and continue to build relationships that demonstrate Jesus’ love for the Rangi.
MISSIONARIES: It was amazing the timing of this mobile clinic in Pahi for a group of missionaries who live and work not far from Pahi. We saw 10 of them including some of their children on Sunday night when we arrived just for routine things, but a couple days later one came back with severe dysentery and required an IV drip and medication and overnight stay. The following day, as she was recovering, another one from their team arrived with right sided lower abdominal pain. I was worried about possible appendicitis, and being in the Tanzanian bush, you can’t just call the local ambulance and whisk him off to the community hospital 20 minutes away. Through the hard work of many people in AIM, this missionary ended up on a seven hour drive to the nearest CT scan, and then a medivac by plane the following day to Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. They are still working on diagnosing his problem, it hasn’t been clear cut, but he’s stable right now. Please pray for Jared.
TRAINING: During the mobile clinic, we were able to do some training with Nurse Joyce, who is the sole medical person at the Pahi Dispensary. We had her in the lab learning a few straight forward lab tests that she can do on her own to enhance her medical services. I also grabbed her for some interesting teaching cases to try to help her diagnostic skills.
We’re thankful we made it back to Magambua well, because the road to Pahi takes us through a tsetse fly-infested conservation area that has a few very muddy patches on the road that can be tricky to navigate. The road was dry in the beginning of the week when we went, but coming back, it had rained a bit and the rivers were rising and swampy areas getting boggy. Because of the busy-ness of the mobile clinic and caring for the sick missionaries, we were late in getting off on Thursday, so it wasn’t until dusk when we came back through the tsetse area. I was driving our Landcruiser truck, and at one point it started raining and we fish tailed (in spite of being in four wheel drive) on a very bad spot that had a nasty drop off in to big ruts on both sides of the muddy road. Just past the bad spot was a ‘small pond’ in the middle of the road. I think the Lord sent an angel to straighten out the car just at the last moment before we plunged in to the pond and bounced out the far side, still moving, and still on the road! A quick pulse check showed I was tacking away at about 100.
We pulled in to Magambua around 8pm, thankful to be back with our families, and thankful we didn’t need to use the high-lift jack to get unstuck from any mud-holes.
Thanks for praying for rain, it has rained well in the last week, and many areas and crops have improved now!
1) Nurse Joyce (right) from Pahi and Mama Soja from Magambua at the pharmacy window dispensing medicine.
2) High school students waiting outside the doctor’s room.
3) Lab tech Otto and Lucy, from Magambua, working in the laboratory at Pahi.
4) Pastor Kuhanda led morning and evening devotions every day with our team.
5) and 6) A cute little baby with scabies. (apparently a Chelsea fan).