Kenya Update 2

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

It was a beautiful morning. I realized that in the States we miss out on the beauty of God’s creation because we are just too busy to stop and notice. After our morning devotions and breakfast, we got a tour of the hospital.

It is just amazing to see how much they can do with so little. As we visited the various wards, we had opportunities to meet various staff workers, as well as some of the patients. In the middle of our tour, Dr. Peter was rushed to the operating room because he was needed for a C-section.

We ended up dividing up to our various specialties and working with the local Kenyan hospital staff. Kevin and Liz paired up together to do some hospital rounds. Pastor Ben and Susan paired up together, while Christina and I paired up to help the chaplain visit various wards to share God’s Word and to pray with the patients. It was encouraging to see the couples working together as a team.

Christina and I went into the Women’s Ward and saw a lot of women who were in pain. Dr. Steve mentioned that some of the women were in the hospital due to physical abuse from their husbands. Christina was able to share her testimony and some of the experiences that she went through with her parents. Then we ended up praying for them. It was a powerful moment. It keeps on reminding me – “through our great miseries comes our greatest ministry.”

In the late afternoon, we ended up doing ministry with the youth. In Kenya, like many other countries in the world consider those people who are not married as, “youth.” We did some praise, icebreakers and bible study. It was encouraging to see the hunger in the Kenyan youths.

Please continue to pray for us as we minister to the youths as well as to the people in the hospital. God has truly been good.

Here are some pictures:
 
 
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Dr. Steve giving us a hospital tour
 
 
 
 
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The Kenyan kids love taking pictures
 
 
 
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The maternity ward in the hospital – as you can tell, things are very basic
 
 
 
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The mortuary that many of you gave sacrifically to is making progress
 
 
 
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A group picture in front of the future mortuary
 
 
 
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Our youth meeting with the youth from the neighborhood

Kenya Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

We arrived in Nairobi safely in the evening after a long day of travel. We had a hard time trying to get all of our luggage from the baggage claim. In fact, there was one bag that did not come on the plane. We ended filing a lost luggage claim.

We stay the night at a guest house in Nairobi and then the next morning we made the long trek to Kapsowar. From my recollection, I remember the roads being very bumpy and a little difficult. Therefore, I told the men who got into the matatu (Kenyan mini-van) – “after this ride, we will either be bitter at God or we will learn to love Him more.” We were praying for the latter.

When we arrived in Kapsowar, we were warmly welcomed by Betty and the rest of the family and also by the AIM hospital staff. We had a traditional Kenyan dinner with all the fixings. It was a great time of fellowship as we got to know some of the people that we were going to work with at the hospital.

After dinner, we had a time of briefing with Dr. Steve and Betty about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of the area. One of the “don’ts” was no PDA’s (public display of affection) on the compound – Christina was disappointed… haha!

We closed out the night by praying together and then went to bed early to be fully charged for tomorrow’s ministry.

Here are some pictures:
 
 
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Bus ride to Kapsowar
 
 
 
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Loading up the matatu with our luggage
 
 
 
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Overlooking the Rift Valley
 
 
 
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A classical Kenyan meal was graciously and lovingly prepared for us
 
 
 
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We fellowshipped with some of the hospital staff members