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Uganda Med­ical Mis­sion, Post-​Clinic

After a pro­duc­tive week of serv­ing in the Pokot vil­lages, we packed up the bus Sat­ur­day morn­ing and began the drive back to Jinja. We were once again able to enjoy the scenic drive and beauty of the Ugan­dan countryside.

As we approached the city of Jinja, we were able to stop and tour the Lutheran The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary of Uganda in Mag­a­m­aga. The site is under con­struc­tion as fundrais­ing con­tin­ues, but many of the build­ings are in use with great vision for how the prop­erty will con­tinue to develop and be uti­lized. Sem­i­nary stu­dents recently returned to class for the fall semes­ter. There are four years of edu­ca­tion for the sem­i­nary stu­dents. The first two years are spent in didac­tic class­room instruc­tion. The third year the stu­dents com­plete a vic­arage, and then in the fourth year they are back in the class­room. There are three sep­a­rate class­rooms set up for the three years of teach­ing. Other build­ings on the cam­pus include an admin­is­tra­tive build­ing, a space for an e-​library in the future that will con­nect to one of the LCMS sem­i­nar­ies in the United States, a space for a book library, a mul­ti­pur­pose hall to be used for wor­ship and con­fer­ences, and dor­mi­to­ries where the stu­dents can stay. The sem­i­nary can hold 50 stu­dents at capac­ity. Stu­dents come from every region or dis­trict of the Lutheran Church of Uganda, so all parts of the coun­try are rep­re­sented. Con­struc­tion is com­ing along, and there are some great murals in place for dec­o­ra­tion. The poten­tial and vision for the site is inspiring.

At the Lutheran The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary of Uganda.

Sun­day morn­ing we were able to wor­ship at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jinja where Rev­erend Enoch Macben is the pas­tor. The church cur­rently meets in a local school. It was neat to read all of the edu­ca­tional mate­r­ial on the walls in the school as the chil­dren appear to be learn­ing Eng­lish. The church ser­vice was in Eng­lish, and we used a red Lutheran hym­nal from 1941 for the ser­vice. There was a bit of a Ugan­dan flare added to the ser­vice with the offer­ing song, which added to the cul­tural wor­ship experience.

Rev. Enoch Macben.

In the evening, our group was able to take a boat cruise on Lake Vic­to­ria and to see where the Nile River begins. The time out on the water was relax­ing and enjoy­able. The evening allowed us to spend time as a group at the home of Mark and Megan Mantey, career LCMS mis­sion­ar­ies to Uganda. We enjoyed a meal of Mex­i­can food and were able to try jack fruit, which was quite tasty.

Boat ride on Lake Vic­to­ria to see the source of the Nile River.

Mon­day brought shop­ping and then a time con­sum­ing bus travel jour­ney to the air­port in Entebbe. We are all begin­ning our jour­neys home excited to see fam­ily and friends again and full of mem­o­ries of time spent together in rural Uganda with the Pokot people.

MMT group fol­low­ing church service.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Uganda Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Five

The final morn­ing of clinic began in a more timely fash­ion here in African time where one often waits to begin wait­ing. After load­ing the bus full of peo­ple with ser­vant hearts and mak­ing the trek to Lope­dot, we actu­ally arrived at the clinic site at 10:00 AM. Many Pokot were wait­ing our arrival. The day began with evan­ge­lism, and the local pas­tors led the crowd in a bit of singing prayer. Sev­eral team mem­bers then began the task of triag­ing patients to ensure that those who were truly ill were reg­is­tered and received med­ical care. It seems to be very chal­leng­ing for the Pokot to line up to be assessed and reg­is­tered. The pre­ferred method by the Pokot seems to be to crowd, push and shove to plead the case for their need for med­ical treat­ment. It is daunt­ing just to watch this process and not won­der if we missed a per­son who truly needs care. How­ever, we pray that God guided us to those who need our help and ser­vice the most.

Two lines for triage and evan­ge­lism to begin the day.
Mary in nurs­ing triage.
Rachel in nurs­ing triage.
Sarah pro­vid­ing care to a dehy­drated woman.
Shara keep­ing phar­macy organized.

Through this last day of clinic we were able to pro­vide care for 297 peo­ple. We had sev­eral patients come through very sick with malaria and with tem­per­a­tures of 104 degrees Farhen­heit. Many peo­ple pre­sented with aller­gies and upper res­pi­ra­tory tract infec­tions. Pneu­mo­nia, uri­nary tract infec­tions and fun­gal skin infec­tions remain as com­mon diag­noses as well. Another child came through today with mal­nu­tri­tion and fail­ure to thrive. Today one patient did return who was min­i­mally respon­sive and pre­sumed to be expe­ri­enc­ing an ectopic preg­nancy or incom­plete mis­car­riage. The woman was pro­vided with IV flu­ids and then trans­ported to the Amu­dat hos­pi­tal for fur­ther test­ing and treat­ment. This patient’s pre­sen­ta­tion led to a pelvic exam, which con­firmed the con­tin­u­ing prac­tice of female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion as a rite of pas­sage and part of the Pokot cul­tural tra­di­tions. Edu­ca­tion con­tin­ues but cul­tural prac­tices are chal­leng­ing to break.

Pokot in the vil­lage of Lopedot.

At the end of the day the remain­ing sup­plies were packed up and sorted. Many sup­plies were donated to the Amu­dat hos­pi­tal for the care and treat­ment they pro­vide there to these Pokot com­mu­ni­ties. Other sup­plies will be inven­to­ried and stored for the next MMT to Uganda.

On the return trip to Nakapiripirit this evening, we were treated to a goat roast at the Lutheran church in Amu­dat. Many con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers were there as we arrived, and sev­eral women pre­pared for us a meal of roasted goat, pota­toes, rice, matoke (plan­tains in ground nut sauce) and cab­bage. It was a spe­cial treat and honor to receive this meal from the congregation.

Goat roast on the grounds of the Amu­dat Lutheran Church.

The Amu­dat Lutheran church has actu­ally out­grown their cur­rent church build­ing, and they are gath­er­ing sup­plies to build a new, larger church. The Lutheran church of Uganda is the fastest grow­ing church body in this area. Sev­eral other parcels of land have been pur­chased in the area as well for future church devel­op­ment and expan­sion. It is excel­lent to see the faith grow­ing and spread­ing here.

Tomor­row the team will make the return bus trip to Jinja to enjoy a cou­ple of days explor­ing this por­tion of Uganda and relax­ing in the tourist role. We are all very grate­ful for a suc­cess­ful and pro­duc­tive week of clin­ics to share the Gospel and pro­vide med­ical care. God is good all the time.

The Mercy Med­ical Team that pro­vided care this week.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Uganda Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Four

The morn­ing bus devo­tion was very timely and appro­pri­ate today. Pas­tor Dave stayed back at the hotel today for some rest and recov­ery for a travel bug, so we used a devo­tion from the Med­ical Mis­sion Team book as our open­ing. The theme of the devo­tion was to stay focused even though we may want to pro­vide more and feel there is more that can be done here in rural east Africa. The writer reminds us that what we and all of the peo­ple need most in life is the Sav­ior. This remains the first need and should be the focus. As indi­vid­u­als here to serve we can only do what we are given to do right now. God will lead and pro­vide for how to con­tinue to pro­vide assis­tance. But in this moment, we need to com­plete what is set before us.

This mes­sage was very poignant on this fourth day of clinic that felt like a first day as we pre­pared for ser­vice at a new site. The morn­ing moved very slowly as plans were made with the dis­trict health office for resources and trans­porta­tion to the Lope­dot site. We even­tu­ally left Amu­dat mid-​morning in the bus loaded full with sup­plies and two four-​wheel drive vehi­cles car­ry­ing some of the per­son­nel. The full drive from Nakapiripirit to Lope­dot takes about an hour and 45 min­utes on a dusty, bumpy road. Instead of trav­el­ing down the road to the Lutheran church in Lope­dot where the bus got stuck in the mud ear­lier in the week, we set up clinic in the main town area at a school. We were able to have three tents set up to pro­vide addi­tional clinic space in the shade. By the time every­thing was unpacked and set up, it was midday.

Sarah and Dam triag­ing patients for registration.

The day began with Pas­tor Moses pro­vid­ing a Gospel mes­sage for the crowd. It was neat to hear them sing together to begin. Then, with our late arrival and the large crowd of peo­ple wait­ing to be seen, we had to be selec­tive in choos­ing the truly sick patients who would receive care. Sarah, a LCMS career mis­sion­ary and nurse, and Dama, a Ugan­dan clin­i­cal offi­cer, triaged patients and only allowed those with fevers and true signs of infec­tion to be reg­is­tered. This was a very chal­leng­ing and exhaust­ing task for these two women. Those work­ing in vitals spent the major­ity of the day tak­ing tem­per­a­tures on chil­dren who were very appre­hen­sive to be cared for by a white per­son. There were lots of tears and cry­ing today. The chil­dren do seem to really enjoy receiv­ing a sticker, though, as a small reward.

Katie and Nelly obtain­ing vital signs.
Lorrie’s magic touch weigh­ing patients.
Ted and Katie tak­ing vital signs.
Ben­jamin and Kim­berly in nurs­ing triage.
The phar­macy crew.

Over­all, today we were able to pro­vide care for 222 peo­ple in our short four-​hour time frame. Patients pre­sented with sim­i­lar symp­toms and diag­noses, includ­ing malaria, ear infec­tions, sinus prob­lems, aller­gies, upper res­pi­ra­tory tract infec­tions and gen­er­al­ized body pain. There were many more patients with wounds and burns today. Sev­eral chil­dren also arrived with IV catheters already placed in their hands or arms. Appar­ently there is a pri­vate health clinic in the area that is pro­vid­ing ques­tion­able med­ical treat­ment at a high cost. Those who truly need the care have paid the fees, trav­eled by foot to the clinic and then may have received incor­rect treat­ment. This is an unfor­tu­nate use of resources in this area where the need for acces­si­ble and accu­rate health­care is very high.

Late in the after­noon we packed up all of the sup­plies and hauled them across the field to store them in the Full Gospel Church (Pen­te­costal) for the night. We had our late lunch of rice, beans and posho before begin­ning the return bus ride. The team was able to explore the local Pokot vil­lage a bit through­out the day and see the cook­ing hut where a dik dik (a type of small ante­lope) that had been killed in the bush was being cooked. The women were also cook­ing up some donated food for the vil­lagers. We were also able to see the camels that were wan­der­ing through the com­mu­nity. These ani­mals seem to belong to local vil­lagers and are not wild.

Tomor­row we will return to this clinic site in Lope­dot in hope of see­ing many patients. We antic­i­pate a larger crowd in the morn­ing as the Lutheran church con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers from five kilo­me­ters away in the next vil­lage over come to be treated. The word will also spread that we are pro­vid­ing care, and addi­tional peo­ple will seek treat­ment. Our hope and plan is to leave a bit ear­lier in the morn­ing in hopes of arriv­ing to the clinic site, get­ting set up and begin­ning to see patients in a timely fash­ion. The team is feel­ing dis­heart­ened that we are leav­ing patients with­out med­ical care. How­ever, the prayer and hope is that we are pulling out and treat­ing the sick­est. Oth­ers can cer­tainly ben­e­fit from med­ical care, but our goal is to make sure the crit­i­cally ill are treated and that all receive spir­i­tual care. We will see what African time brings in the morning!

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Uganda Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Three

This morn­ing our team was able to arrive to the clinic site a bit ear­lier where a large crowd was wait­ing. Some patients we were unable to see on Tues­day received num­bers to allow them to be seen first today. The Pokot do have large fam­i­lies with many chil­dren, but it seems those with pre-​registered num­bers came back with their chil­dren as well as those belong­ing to rel­a­tives and neigh­bors. Each fam­ily unit receives a num­ber, and then at time of reg­is­tra­tion each per­son being seen receives an indi­vid­ual reg­is­tra­tion paper. It seems peo­ple planned ahead for this today. Women were com­ing through with up to seven or eight chil­dren. The morn­ing began with the large crowd receiv­ing a Gospel mes­sage from Pas­tor Dave and Rev­erend Moses. Those gath­ered cheered at the end of the mes­sage, so it seems it was well received.

Pas­tor Dave shar­ing the Gospel message.
Rev­erend Ben­jamin and Felix assist­ing to reg­is­ter patients.

Today we were able to pro­vide med­ical and spir­i­tual care to 321 patients. The flow of the clinic was slower in the morn­ing due to all of the chil­dren being seen. It takes a longer amount of time to check vitals, triage, and pro­vide med­ical con­sul­ta­tion when there are mul­ti­ple chil­dren in each fam­ily unit. Mid­way through clinic we had to change the process and ask the fam­ily to reg­is­ter the one child in the fam­ily who was the most sick and in need of health­care. This mod­i­fi­ca­tion really assisted with clinic flow. How­ever, there were still many peo­ple wait­ing, and we unfor­tu­nately did not have enough time to pro­vide care to all. In the last one or two hours of clinic, Sarah and one of the Ugan­dan providers went out into the crowd to triage and assess who was sick and most in need of med­ical care. This was a daunt­ing and chal­leng­ing task for these two med­ical personnel.

Lines of patients wait­ing to be assessed for reg­is­tra­tion need.

Despite the chal­lenge of not being able to pro­vide care to all patients, we were able to reach many who ben­e­fited. One child pre­sented with a severe case of malaria where his spleen had enlarged immensely. Malaria con­tin­ues to be a promi­nent diag­no­sis in this area. Today 60 of 61 malaria tests came back pos­i­tive for 19% of the patient pop­u­la­tion seen today being infected with malaria. Other med­ical con­cerns treated today include ear infec­tions, uri­nary tract infec­tions, asthma, aller­gies, upper res­pi­ra­tory tract infec­tions, and sev­eral wounds. Many patients report gen­er­al­ized body pain related to man­ual labor and the local lifestyle. Headaches are also a com­mon chief com­plaint and are most likely related to dehy­dra­tion. We did have one pos­i­tive HIV test today, and the Ugan­dan med­ical per­son­nel were able to pro­vide coun­sel­ing and resources for the patient.

One ben­e­fit of work­ing with the local health­care providers is the friend­ships that develop amongst the team mem­bers. One of the trans­la­tors today, an oper­at­ing room tech­ni­cian, was shar­ing his fam­ily story and the his­tory of this area. Many of the local tribes his­tor­i­cally have been ene­mies, and the tribes were known for steal­ing cat­tle from each other, which may lead to mur­der and other dan­ger­ous crimes as well. In recent times, within the last 10 years, the gov­ern­ment has stepped in to assist with the bru­tal­ity. The gov­ern­ment has removed the weapons from the vil­lages, which lim­its the abil­ity to steal cat­tle effec­tively, and the gov­ern­ment offi­cials will become involved if cat­tle is stolen. Roads have also been devel­oped in these more remote areas and allow the tribes to com­mu­ni­cate and be more acces­si­ble to each other. Many of the local tribes con­tinue to be ene­mies, but it seems the fierce­ness of the rival­ries has sub­dued a lit­tle. How­ever, the local health­care work­ers report that even in the hos­pi­tals the tribes choose to be on oppo­site sides of the hos­pi­tal wards to seg­re­gate from each other.

Chil­dren observ­ing our team at the clinic site.

Our team has enjoyed home­made meals all week that have been pre­pared for us on char­coal fires by a team of women work­ing tire­lessly. They pre­pare rice, beans, and posho (corn maize flour and water) each day. Today the Pokot vil­lage donated a goat for our lunch as a thank you gift.

The cooks.
The lunch room.

Clinic ended today with the pack­ing up of all the sup­plies. Tomor­row we will travel back to Lope­dot to pro­vide care to the peo­ple there. Lope­dot was the orig­i­nal site for the clinic, but after the bus was unable to reach the pro­posed clinic site the plans for the week were changed. This week we have heard there are many peo­ple wait­ing there for our care as the clinic was adver­tised in the area. The team also observed the great need for med­ical care in the com­mu­nity while inter­act­ing with the vil­lagers while the bus was stuck. Bishop elect Bameka from the Lutheran Church of Uganda and two LCMS mis­sion­ar­ies to Uganda arrived tonight in a four wheel drive vehi­cle. The dis­trict health office has also offered the use of a four wheel drive vehi­cle. The plan is for the bus and sup­plies to travel to Lope­dot with the two 4×4 vehi­cles com­ing along to pro­vide backup and assis­tance if needed. These addi­tional vehi­cles will also assist with the deliv­ery of sup­plies and work­ers to the clinic site. We are antic­i­pat­ing a pro­duc­tive day tomor­row serv­ing those await­ing our arrival in Lopedot.

Sun­set in Nakapiripirit.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

Uganda Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Two

Each morn­ing Pas­tor Dave leads the team devo­tion dur­ing the thirty-​minute drive to Amu­dat to pick up the local health­care work­ers. Begin­ning the day with joy­ful songs of praise is encour­ag­ing. The devo­tions this week have been shar­ing the mes­sage of mercy and the gifts we are equipped with to go into the world and serve. Each team mem­ber offers vary­ing gifts to this Med­ical Mis­sion Team, and we would not be com­plete with­out each one.

This morn­ing we expe­ri­enced another les­son in African time as we were all anx­iously antic­i­pat­ing arriv­ing at the clinic site and begin­ning ear­lier in order to pro­vide care to those wait­ing. How­ever, we first needed to gather sup­plies, pick up the Ugan­dan health­care work­ers, obtain extra treat­ment sup­plies from the hos­pi­tal and make sure the day was in order. As a result, clinic began about two hours later than the Amer­i­can team antic­i­pated as we started to pro­vide med­ical care around 11:00 AM. This cul­tural aspect of African time and the impor­tance of devel­op­ing rela­tion­ships first can be quite chal­leng­ing for a west­ern mindset.

Sit­ting on a bench, just waiting.
The line to obtain a num­ber to be seen.

The day began with a bit of a ruckus as we worked to orga­nize and mobi­lize the peo­ple wait­ing to be seen at the clinic. Each patient is handed a num­ber to indi­cate his or her place in line. How­ever, the pas­tors and reg­is­trars learned that the major­ity of the peo­ple can­not read the num­ber on the card. This made it very dif­fi­cult to call the peo­ple up in groups of twenty to be reg­is­tered. The peo­ple wait­ing were also very anx­ious and con­cerned about being seen today, so stand­ing in a line to obtain a num­ber was a chal­leng­ing task.

Pas­tor Dave shar­ing the message.

Pas­tor Dave began the day by evan­ge­liz­ing and shar­ing the Gospel mes­sage with the large crowd wait­ing. Once he and Pas­tor Moses and Pas­tor Ben­jamin began speak­ing, the Pokot peo­ple really gath­ered around to lis­ten. The Lutheran Church of Uganda is grow­ing in this area, and the local pas­tors are find­ing that the peo­ple do lis­ten well and over time are chang­ing their beliefs. The chal­lenge is the long his­tory of cul­tural beliefs in these rural tribes. For instance, polygamy remains a com­mon prac­tice among the Pokot. When Pokot vil­lagers are inter­ested in join­ing the Lutheran church, the peo­ple are accepted where they are at as we all enter the church with our sins. Sim­i­larly, Christ accepts every­one with all of their sins and offers for­give­ness. If a man has four wives, he is asked to come with all of his wives and chil­dren to the church. How­ever, he is told to not add any more wives. Teach­ings from the Bible are then used to explain how God looks at mar­riage. Slowly progress is being made to instill Chris­t­ian beliefs in among the long stand­ing cul­tural beliefs and to begin to change the cul­tural prac­tice of marriage.

Prayer prior to the start of clinic.

Another rural cul­tural prac­tice is for chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly girls, to be raised for the pur­pose of mar­riage. School is not com­mon among the rural tribes for cul­tural rea­sons but also due to the dis­tance of travel to the clos­est school and the fees fam­i­lies pay for school­ing includ­ing uni­forms, food and books. Amaz­ingly, girls are being mar­ried as young as ages ten to twelve. Large fam­i­lies with mul­ti­ple chil­dren, up to six or seven, are also com­mon. We are also observ­ing that many patients do not know their ages. The age writ­ten on the paper is merely an esti­mate. There are some chil­dren who appear at the end of the day in school uni­forms who join in the games, but they are by far the minor­ity. The gov­ern­ment is work­ing to advo­cate for school­ing for chil­dren, but the progress is slow.

Games at the end of clinic — fris­bee, ring around the rosies, hop­scotch, the Congo line.

Today our team was able to pro­vide care for 353 patients. We saw patients from dif­fer­ent tribes today, and some peo­ple walked across the bor­der from Kenya to be seen. We are antic­i­pat­ing even more patients these next few days as the word is spread across the area about the treat­ment available.

A high per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion is test­ing pos­i­tive for malaria. Today we tested 148 peo­ple for malaria, and 58% of them were pos­i­tive tests. This equates to 25% of the pre­sent­ing peo­ple today hav­ing malaria. The local health­care work­ers are impressed at how healthy they are pre­sent­ing with the malaria, though. It is almost like they have some immu­nity to at least the symp­toms of the disease.

We also saw cases of upper res­pi­ra­tory tract infec­tions, uri­nary tract infec­tions, ear infec­tions, aller­gies and a cou­ple of patients with asthma. The day began with the team assess­ing and treat­ing a semi-​unconscious man who was referred to the hos­pi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment for a pos­si­ble intesti­nal obstruc­tion. The IV flu­ids pro­vided perked up the patient before trans­port to the hospital.

Lor­rie weigh­ing patients.
Kim­berly assist­ing with vital signs.
Ted tak­ing a blood pressure.
Mary in nurs­ing triage.
Rachel in nurs­ing triage.

The local health­care work­ers are notic­ing that the lack of hygiene and health edu­ca­tion in this area is an oppor­tu­nity. For instance, all of the vil­lagers bathe in the same place, which then allows for one dis­ease to quickly pass among all of them. One of the ben­e­fits of these MMT clin­ics is that the local health­care providers are able to see the need that exists in these com­mu­ni­ties, and they are able to get out among the peo­ple to assess the need and link peo­ple to local resources.

Each team mem­ber filled key roles today in pro­vid­ing care. Many stayed in the same sta­tions but some moved into new areas to fill in oppor­tu­ni­ties for a smoother process. We antic­i­pate another full day of clinic tomor­row as we pro­vide both spir­i­tual and med­ical care to those who seek our services.

Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kind­ness,” “mercy,” “loy­alty,” “loving-​kindness” or “stead­fast­ness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together — a “love your neigh­bor as your­self,” active, self­less, sac­ri­fi­cial, caring-​for-​one-​another brand of liv­ing con­tra­dic­tory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are con­tin­u­ally look­ing to work together to share some small mea­sure of God’s extra­or­di­nary love. Won’t you join us?

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