After taking the overnight bus from Kisumu we arrived in Mombasa on Tuesday morning and then made our way down to the South Beach area. The climate is quite different from one side of Kenya to the other. In the west it was cool and very much like it is in western Uganda, but here in Mombasa it is extremely humid and about 10 degrees hotter. But, on the plus side, if you get too hot here you can jump into the Indian Ocean and cool off.
On Wednesday morning our team held their first medical outreach at Blessed Camp. Unlike in the west where there were numerous cases of malaria, here the majority of cases were for various sores, wounds and jiggers (chigoe flea.) Many of the children at Blessed Camp struggle with jiggers. It is great to see the children getting relief from this, but it’s sad to see so many kids’ infested with jiggers. The team had to soak the children’s feet in bleach water for 20 minutes and then cut open the infected areas in order to remove the jiggers and any additional eggs that may have been laid.
The team was able to help 121 people at Wednesday’s outreach. We are looking forward to two more great days of outreaches. The South Beach area is a predominately Muslim area, but Action Ministry is shining the light of Christ in this community through meeting the needs of these people.
On Sunday we attended church in the morning and later spent the afternoon at Peter’s (director of Action Ministry) parents home in Got Osimbo. We had time to hear stories about growing up in Got Osimbo and to get to know his family. We also said most of our goodbyes, as we will be heading to Mombasa on Monday.
As we are preparing for the medical outreaches in Mombasa, we would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who donated towards the urgent purchase of medicines for the upcoming outreaches. Medicine is considerably more expensive to purchase in Kenya than they are in Uganda and we are extremely grateful for the way you all are helping us support and impact this communities. Thank you for your help and your prayers.
Below are photos of Peter and his family, as well as, random photos from this first leg of our medical team’s trip.
On Saturday our team returned to the dispensary in the village of Got Osimbo. Upon arrival, there were over a hundred people waiting for the outreach to begin. The team was able to see 166 patients on Saturday, which brought their total of patients seen during the three-day outreach to 469.
Along with the medical care that was provided, a few team members with the help Kolby and Logan, taught the children in attendance the importance of good hygiene through a couple puppet skits.
The community came together to provide our team with a “thank you meal” near the end of the day. The people of Got Osimbo and other neighboring villages are clearly appreciative of the teams’ work.
As you can see in the first photo we have been fighting late afternoon down pours each day. It makes packing up slightly more challenging. And, as to the last photo, I just thought the flying puppy photo was great. Enjoy.
On Sunday we will be attending the local church that our new friend, Pastor William, pastors and afterwards we will be challenging the local children to a game of soccer. Please pray for God to do great things in the lives of those who assisted and attended the outreaches, as well as, the members of our team. We serve a great God. Let’s believe him for amazing things.