In the last 72 hours, we learned of two situations that need your help. Both are life-and-death medical care. As you’ll see below, one is a pacemaker and another is the safe delivery of a baby to a 17-year-old girl. It’s not typical that we present two needs, so large, yet so urgent and important, at the same time. But these lives matter. Can you help Bahati or Annet?

URGENT: BAHATI’S CRITICAL HEART SURGERY

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A dear member of the Bringing Hope to the Family community needs your help. 

Bahati Mugambwa just found out that he needs a pacemaker. He traveled to India for what he thought would be a smaller medical need, and even raised the funds to do so on his own from his community, family, and the government. 

But tests showed that a pacemaker is necessary for him to live. So, he’s in India waiting to have the surgery to implant it, but he needs $3,500 to make it happen

Can you help Bahati get the funds he needs for the pacemaker so he can come home healthy?

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URGENT: ANNET & HER BABY’S SAFE DELIVERY


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Annet is 17 years old and was brought to Bringing Hope to the Family’s crisis pregnancy department in desperate need of help. Annet is 34 weeks pregnant and has a severe case of STDs.

Annet is urgently in need of surgery to remove the STDs and a cesarean section, as a natural birth is not currently possible for her. 

Would you please help Annet and her baby with their urgent crisis? $1,500 will cover the cost of the birth and the operation. Thank you!

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Antony and Peter[4]

Poverty. Substance abuse.  Estranged family relationships.  Antony has experienced it all.

On the flip side, Antony had the opportunity to go to school, all the way through university.  He’s turned his life around from addictive behaviors.  And he’s humbled himself to reconciliation with his parents when that didn’t seem possible.

That’s a story of resilience.  That’s Antony’s story.

Antony was born to parents in Kenya who worked as fruit vendors.  But they never made much money.  His two siblings didn’t have the chance to go to school because it was too expensive to send all three children.  Though it was hard, Antony made it through high school with a “B” average.  But he had debt to pay before he could go to university.  The barrier felt as though his “destiny had been cut short.”

In that idle time, Antony made decisions he wished he hadn’t.  He allowed drugs, alcohol, peers with poor motives, and crime guide his life.  His parents disapproved and, after two years of these decisions, disowned him.

That was a turning point.

Antony made the decisions he knew he needed to regain his parents’ trust and regain his life.  He entered a youth program that helped him with basic technical skills.  A physician inspired him to seek a medical career.  And he enrolled at Msambweni Medical College.  While it wasn’t easy to resist more bad influences and make good grades, Antony was still convinced that his destiny was in the medical field.

Most importantly, Antony gave his life to Christ.  “I heard a voice inside of me that said I need to be born again, I need to be transformed, I need Jesus,” says Antony.

Reinvigorated in his medical studies, Antony also started to help at Blessed Camp, right next to his university.  He cared physically and spiritually for the men and women with leprosy.

As it turns out, this service to others would be a service to him, since he also met Peter Ochiel and Action Ministry through Blessed Camp.  Peter took the time to disciple Antony, teaching him leadership skills and fostering his spiritual growth.  In time, Antony began guiding Bible Studies, worship services, and prayer meetings.

So when Antony graduated, and searched for a job, Action Clinic was his first stop since it blended his passion for the people of Blessed Camp and his connection to Action Church and Ministry. It took five months for a position to open, and when it did, Peter and Antony felt God’s call that Antony should serve as the Clinic’s clinical officer.

Everyday, Antony’s relationship grows with his patients and the residents of Blessed Camp.  He visits them at home, checking on their physical needs and praying with them.   He has even led a handful of them to Christ.

Says Antony: “In the process of my service to the community through my profession, I have experienced growth in my heart for missions and passion for the lost as well.  It has always been my pleasure to serve the people around in their capacity.”

 

Feb
2015


Momo Bakari

Last year, you raised $12,000 for Momo Bakari – a Kenyan woman with a unique name and an even more unique medical situation. Her family had sold everything for her care, and you stepped in to finish it out.

Today, while she needs a little more financial support to cross the finish line – her medications post-surgery are expensive – she’s on her way to recovery. So far, we’ve told you bits and pieces. Now, let me share the backstory a little of how we’ve crossed borders, faiths and deep financial divides to help Momo.

In 2011, Action Ministry hosted a medical team in Mombasa, which held outreach camps on multiple days at Blessed Camp. News of these outreaches spread and people continued to come to Action Ministry for care even after the team had departed.

Momo walked in one day with her son. Even though she and her family are devout Muslims, she came to this openly Christian ministry for help. She had a brain tumor. Seeing the gravity of the case and the funds necessary from the start, it didn’t appear that much could be done.

But Peter immediately felt in his heart that this was an opportunity to share Christ’s love and faithfulness with Momo and her family. Peter shared with them that what is impossible for man is possible for God.

As Action Ministry received all of the details of her situation, they learned that her family had sold almost everything they had and sent Momo to India where 80% of the tumor was removed. But, they had nothing left that would allow them to return to India for the removal of the other 20%. As God has a way of orchestrating things, KTA’s founder, Travis Gravette, was there on this day and saw the need first hand.

That’s when we raised the money she needed to get the rest of her surgery. And we are pleased to say that Momo’s surgery was a huge success and she arrived back in Kenya last week!

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We are absolutely thrilled at what God has done and believe for her salvation. This can be a huge testimony to her family and community. It’s testament that no matter our situation or circumstances, God sees us and is involved in our story. God’s heart is that we know him and love him, and he will do what only he can in order to draw us to him.

Now that Momo is back and her surgeries were a success, she will need to be on medication for the next two years. This medicine is extremely expensive in the context of her families’ finances. If you would like to help provide funding for her medication please follow this link.

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Oct
2014


On Tuesday we took our volunteer, Karin, to Blessed Camp to begin working on her project for this trip. While she is here she will be interviewing the families within Blessed Camp in order to provide Action Ministry with better background history on their target group. The Action Ministry team has a pretty decent understanding on the history of most of the communities members, but their is still a lot of parts in each families’ story that is a mystery to Action Ministry.

At first we weren’t sure how these interviews were going to go. James, from Action Ministry went with us to interpret and facilitate these conversations. Honestly, I was not sure if the community members would be comfortable opening up with us muzungu’s there. To my surprise each of the community members we interviewed were quick to share their stories with us. They shared about their struggles with leprosy, rejection, poverty and family life. It was sadly apparent that this community is starving for someone to listen to them. Having been rejected and labeled an outcast there hasn’t been many people in their lives that are interested in them as an individual.

Sadly, we as a society, especially in the US, rarely take the time to listen to the stories of the generations that have gone before us. We miss out on the wisdom that we can glean from them and the relationship that we and they need. Now putting that in context of the leprosy victims that are 60+ years old and have lived an extremely challenging and rejected life and I can only imagine how much they crave conversation.

Karin is very excited to continue to visit with these families over the next two weeks and I am sure that her making them a priority will speak huge volumes to them. It doesn’t take much to share Christ’s love with those around us. We simply have to be willing to put out the effort.

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IMG_2381Here, James and Karin are talking with Mbekisubi Kisubi.

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Angelina showed us one of her most prized possessions, a photo of her with her daughter and grandchildren.

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Sep
2014


As many of you might recall from older posts, we have been helping Action Ministry assist one of Blessed Camp’s residents named Rose.  Rose is an ex-leprosy patient. Though her leprosy has been cured she still lives with the effects of leprosy. Back in January Rose fell and broke her hip and has been unable to walk since then.

Last month we were able to raise funds for a couple of wheelchairs for Action Ministry to use at Blessed Camp.  With these Rose has gained some mobility, which she had been lacking, but is still unable to walk.  After having x-rays and meeting with a volunteer surgeon, Rose is preparing for a hip surgery. Rose will need a walker, rehabilitation, medicine, and a possible blood transfusion in addition to her operation. The total cost to cover all of these items, as well as, the operation is $700. Would you consider joining with us as we strive to help Rose regain her ability to walk?  Click HERE to see her need.

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