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Tan­za­nia Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Five

Fri­day brings the close of the clinic and a busy day as we try to care for as many patients as pos­si­ble. We arrived ear­lier today to the clinic site and to a large crowd of patients wait­ing for us. There were over 200 patients pre-​registered for the day.

The morn­ing began with song and prayer. The LCEA pas­tors had the crowd join in song to the famil­iar tune of Rock of Ages. Pas­tor Schulte then opened the day in prayer.

The team came together once again to pro­vide care to approx­i­mately 300 patients. The day went quickly and effi­ciently. The clinic flow and set up worked well this week to alle­vi­ate bot­tle­necks and chal­lenges in patient flow. All of the health­care work­ers and pas­tors worked cohe­sively to pro­vide effec­tive, effi­cient, and edu­ca­tional care to the patients who pre­sented. This really made the week run smoothly.

Pas­tor Schulte open­ing the day in prayer

Today brought another myr­iad of diag­noses to treat. The woman with depres­sion came back for fur­ther con­ver­sa­tion and treat­ment. We saw many patients with high blood pres­sure, res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses, fun­gal infec­tions, skin dis­eases, joint pain and arthri­tis and diges­tive dis­or­ders. Today we saw sev­eral chil­dren who are devel­op­men­tally delayed and an ado­les­cent who was born blind. These sce­nar­ios are chal­leng­ing because we can­not heal the patient and can only pro­vide emo­tional and spir­i­tual sup­port and basic edu­ca­tion. The patients who were to return to the clinic for fur­ther follow-​up did appear and many had great improve­ments in their health, which brings great encour­age­ment. The woman we saw early in the week with the dia­betic foot wound did seek care at a local hos­pi­tal, and her fam­ily raised some money for her care. Many on our team are donat­ing funds for her con­tin­ued treat­ment of her dia­betes, wound debride­ment and pos­si­ble amputation.

Wait­ing patients at clinic
Rev­erend Mas­sawe at registration
Bishop Angowi pray­ing with a patient
Patients wait­ing to be registered

The morn­ing once again began with a very sick patient. Baby Charles was brought to the clinic by his fam­ily. He was born May 31 with encephalo­cele, where part of his brain and the mem­branes cov­er­ing it pro­trude out of the skull. In his case, the pro­tru­sion was on his face between his nose and mouth. This abnor­mal­ity occurs when the neural tube does not close dur­ing preg­nancy. The fam­ily was hope­ful that we could fix this prob­lem. Unfor­tu­nately baby Charles does not have many of the neural reflexes that are vital to life, and even in the United States the prog­no­sis for baby Charles would not be good. The team shared with the fam­ily the fatal­ity of this defect and the short life expectancy for this child. Edu­ca­tion was pro­vided to the fam­ily on how to care for the baby and his brain until he is called to his heav­enly home. The nurses sang “Jesus Loves Me” to baby Charles as they pro­vided care. After dis­cus­sion with the fam­ily, Rev­erend Mas­sawe from the LCEA and Pas­tor Pase from the LCMS bap­tized baby Charles. This fam­ily heard ter­ri­ble news today and is going to expe­ri­ence many chal­lenges through this. Hold them up in prayer.

Through­out the day Pas­tor Pase con­tin­ued to work with the local pas­tors and sem­i­nary stu­dents in the evan­ge­lism area. Up to eleven dif­fer­ent pas­tors and stu­dents pro­vided the mes­sage today, prayed with patients and received guid­ance and mentoring.

Over 1,100 patients this week received care from our team in both body, mind, and spirit. Patients saw the work of the Lutheran Church in East Africa here in Tan­za­nia and hope­fully saw the love, kind­ness, and care from our Amer­i­can team. The team will con­tinue to impact lives through the ser­vices pro­vided here this week and as we all begin to return to our pro­fes­sional roles back home. For now, the team departs on safari tomor­row for some time to decom­press, relax and enjoy before return­ing. It has been a mean­ing­ful week for all of us on this team.

The Tan­zan­ian and Amer­i­can team members

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?

Tan­za­nia Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Four

This morn­ing the team arrived at the Mdawi clinic site to an even larger crowd of peo­ple wait­ing to see us. The local pas­tors arrive long before us and have the peo­ple begin to orga­nize. They all greet us with warm wel­comes and are so patient while we get set up and ready for the day. Today Rev. Mas­sawe of the LCEA opened the wait­ing crowd in song and prayer. It is pow­er­ful to wit­ness this spir­i­tual con­nec­tion between cul­tures where lan­guage does not separate.

Clinic ran smoothly today. Team­work con­tin­ues to abound, which helps us pro­vide care effi­ciently and effec­tively. Today we were able to care for approx­i­mately 270 patients, and there are nearly that many pre-​registered to be seen tomor­row as well.

Women wait­ing for clinic

Trav­el­ing and serv­ing in a devel­op­ing coun­try with a dif­fer­ent cul­ture than your own can be chal­leng­ing. The team is encoun­ter­ing and feel­ing the strug­gles of not being able to assist patients the same way we would be able to in the United States. Care options are dif­fer­ent due to avail­abil­ity and finan­cial strain. Cul­tural norms and under­stand­ings are also imped­ing our desires to assist patients in the emo­tional and phys­i­cal ways we want to. Pro­vid­ing sup­port and care options looks very dif­fer­ent. Our hopes are to con­tinue to be exam­ples to the local health care team; pro­vide a few min­utes of warmth, mean­ing and impor­tance to the Tan­zan­ian peo­ple; and share the Gospel mes­sage for eter­nal hope and salvation.

Emma and one of her many new friends

Today we saw a few more chal­leng­ing cases. A woman pre­sented with exten­sive nau­sea and vom­it­ing. Steph was able to start an IV and admin­is­ter flu­ids intra­venously and pro­vide antin­au­sea med­ica­tion. Cre­ativ­ity ensued for how to hang the IV fluids!

Steph admin­is­ter­ing IV fluids

An elderly woman pre­sented with a necrotic foot. She had a cou­ple toes ampu­tated about ten days ago and was unable to take her antibi­otics. She now has a severe infec­tion and more necro­sis. The woman needs to go to the hos­pi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment and another ampu­ta­tion or the patient and fam­ily can choose to not pur­sue treat­ment. Dis­cus­sions of end of life care seem to be very min­i­mal or non-​existent. Treat­ment dis­cus­sions pre­vail. The woman was very dis­traught at the thought of los­ing her foot and leg. Sev­eral elderly patients pre­sented today with end stage Alzheimer’s dis­ease. Car­ing for a loved one with Alzheimer’s looks very dif­fer­ent in Africa. Fam­i­lies have the bur­den of pro­vid­ing care and main­tain­ing the safety of the per­son. Another woman pre­sented with depres­sion. Dis­cussing safety, emo­tions, and treat­ment with the patient was a bit chal­leng­ing due to cul­tural accep­tance of this disease.

Kim treat­ing patients with love and kindness
Woman with the foot wound
Alice triag­ing and enjoy­ing the patients
Daena assess­ing in triage

The chil­dren con­tinue to bring joy to the days. Their hap­pi­ness and excite­ment to play and inter­act light­ens the mood. The elderly have joy in their eyes as well. We cared for a woman who is 105 years old today. She raised nine chil­dren and spent her life cul­ti­vat­ing the land. She was so appre­cia­tive of the care and for our atten­tion. Each patient has expressed great grat­i­tude to the team. And we con­tinue to form rela­tion­ships with the local team mem­bers as well.

105 years old and there is still hap­pi­ness in her eyes

Today Pas­tor Pase served as a men­tor to the sem­i­nary stu­dents. He worked with them and the local pas­tors to lead the evan­ge­lism sec­tion of the clinic. Var­i­ous LCEA sem­i­nary stu­dents and pas­tors took turns shar­ing the Gospel mes­sage dur­ing this time. Pas­tor Pase was able to pro­vide guid­ance and sug­ges­tions. The sem­i­nary stu­dents con­tinue to pray for each patient as they exit the clinic as well. This is great prac­tice for them, and they are being seen as resources to the community.

LCMS and LCEA pas­tors pro­vid­ing spir­i­tual care

This week it has been great to observe the team come together and to see each person’s strengths shine through. It is excel­lent to see the care, learn­ing, edu­ca­tion and atten­tion to detail that the team is bring­ing. Each team mem­ber fills an impor­tant role, and together with the local health care providers and pas­tors we have become a cohe­sive group. Tomor­row we hope to find the time and energy to care for all those who will be wait­ing for us.

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?

Tan­za­nia Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Three

Team­work is a large part of the suc­cess of Mercy Med­ical Team efforts. Strangers come together from con­gre­ga­tions across the United States and meet up in a coun­try to serve. Local team mem­bers join and work along­side us. Trust is under­stood. Care is pro­vided. Lives are touched. Our team begins each day with a short devo­tion, and this morn­ing we capped it off with a cheer of encour­age­ment and unity to get us through the mid­dle of the week.

We arrived at clinic a bit ear­lier today, and a crowd of peo­ple had formed to seek med­ical care from our team. The patience of the African peo­ple will never cease to amaze me. They will sit and wait patiently for hours or all day with lit­tle com­mo­tion or dis­gruntle­ment. Chil­dren will wait along­side par­ents with min­i­mal fuss and will sit and observe their sur­round­ings or play calmly with­out toys or elec­tronic devices for dis­trac­tion. Patience and appre­ci­a­tion seem to abound.

Patiently wait­ing in line to be seen at clinic.

The clinic ran smoothly again today. We cared for 220 patients, and the day seemed to run more smoothly and effi­ciently. We have had the same local Tan­zan­ian health care providers and church vol­un­teers all week, which is help­ing this flow as well. Every­one from our team kept the same roles today and assisted with pro­vid­ing both spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal care to patients. Today Pas­tor Schulte took a break from pray­ing with each patient as they exited the clinic. Instead one of the sem­i­nary stu­dents filled this role that Pas­tor Schulte mod­eled so well. It was encour­ag­ing to see the Tan­zan­ian sem­i­nary stu­dent step in with pas­sion and Lutheran the­ol­ogy in prayer with each indi­vid­ual. One goal is to make sure the local pas­tors are set up for suc­cess once our team departs as they will con­tinue to be the hands and feet here on the ground in Tan­za­nia for the peo­ple in the area who attended the clinic. Today brought encour­age­ment that we can have an impact through those who are here con­tin­u­ing the out­reach and work.

Rev. Mas­sawe of the LCEA speak­ing to those waiting
Pas­tor Pase open­ing clinic with prayer
Bishop and Angowi and Rev. Mas­sawe of the LCEA
John, sem­i­nary stu­dent, pray­ing with a patient
Chil­dren pray­ing in evan­ge­lism area

Each day for lunch two local women from a nearby Lutheran con­gre­ga­tion have been prepar­ing food for us. We eat rice, meat with sauce, cooked cab­bage and water­melon each day. The entire team dines together in fel­low­ship. This is a lot of work for these two women, and we appre­ci­ate their efforts and hard work.

Lunch break

Today brought a vari­ety of patients once again. Our team treated a woman expe­ri­enc­ing an asthma exac­er­ba­tion. She had very lit­tle air mov­ing in her lungs. The team was able to come together to pro­vide med­ica­tions intra­venously and get her a breath­ing treat­ment. She left a bit bet­ter and received excel­lent edu­ca­tion on how to use an inhaler from Daena with Swahili trans­la­tion from one of the Tan­zan­ian doc­tors. Another patient came to the clinic today because his wife went home and shared her health edu­ca­tion les­son on STDs and knew that her hus­band needed to be treated as well. This is a sign that some of the edu­ca­tion pro­vided is being absorbed. A woman pre­sented with infer­til­ity today, and this is a chal­leng­ing topic in this cul­ture and can lead to mar­i­tal and soci­etal chal­lenges. One mother brought her two-​year-​old daugh­ter who has a pro­trud­ing umbil­i­cal her­nia. Surgery is needed, and the mother just wanted to con­firm this is the case. Finances for health care are chal­leng­ing for many Tan­za­ni­ans. Health care ser­vices need to be paid for upfront which is often not pos­si­ble, and even if a per­son does have insur­ance, the wait times for pro­ce­dures may be unre­al­is­tic. Another woman pre­sented with a larger goi­ter she has had since 1970, which will also need surgery. Edu­ca­tion was pro­vided to many patients on the impor­tance of con­tin­u­ing med­ica­tions even if they feel healed or strug­gle to find access to them. Health edu­ca­tion has turned into an oppor­tu­nity for us this week through con­ver­sa­tions. Many patients do not know what to expect from their body or what changes to expect as they age.

Team mem­bers at work in the clinic

Patients are pre-​registered to begin the clinic tomor­row. We look for­ward to a rest­ful night and another mean­ing­ful day of clinic work tomor­row. Lala salama (good­night) from Tanzania!

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?

Tan­za­nia Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day Two

The weather here in Tan­za­nia has been quite mild so far. The high tem­per­a­tures have been near eighty degrees with low tem­per­a­tures near sixty degrees. We have had cloudy morn­ings that clear to sunny skies in the after­noon, and we have not seen the rains of Africa yet. The area where we are stay­ing is the Kil­i­man­jaro region, and this evening on the drive home from clinic Mount Kil­i­man­jaro decided to say hello to us for the first time. It is such a majes­tic moun­tain masterpiece.

Our day began with a later start. Break­fast was in buf­fet style at the hotel where choices include beans, pota­toes, eggs to order, fried bread and toast. Our bus stopped on the way to clinic to pick up sev­eral of the local med­ical providers. We arrived to clinic slightly later than planned as the gen­tle­man work­ing in the lab was try­ing to obtain sharps con­tain­ers to use for his area. We arrived to clinic between 0930 and 1000 to a crowd of peo­ple wait­ing for us. Imme­di­ately we were called to assist an elderly man with asthma in res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress. Med­ica­tions were given to assist with his breath­ing. Shortly after this a woman arrived with a severe foot wound. The woman has dia­betes and had stepped on a thorn at some point. The wound has pro­gressed with many deep, open areas and sev­eral necrotic toes. The woman’s blood sugar is also quite high. With the assis­tance of local health offi­cials and pas­tors, we helped to trans­port the woman to a local hos­pi­tal where she will receive treat­ment to con­trol her blood sugar, wound debride­ment and poten­tially an ampu­ta­tion oper­a­tion later on. After these excit­ing first cases, we were able to begin run­ning the clinic fully around 10:45.

Care of the first patients
Prayer to start clinic
The reg­is­tra­tion table

The flow of the clinic was very sim­i­lar today, and the team mem­bers remained in the same roles through­out the day. We are esti­mat­ing that we pro­vided health and spir­i­tual care to approx­i­mately 170 patients today. More chil­dren came to the clinic, and the team enjoyed inter­act­ing with them, work­ing to see them smile and even prac­tic­ing Swahili with them. Many team mem­bers are becom­ing more adven­tur­ous with using Swahili, and the reac­tion on the Tan­za­ni­ans’ faces is joy­ous as they appre­ci­ate our efforts and prob­a­bly slightly inac­cu­rate pro­nun­ci­a­tions. Team mem­bers are enjoy­ing tak­ing the time to speak with the pas­tors and health care providers work­ing along­side us to learn more about the Tan­zan­ian way of life and appre­ci­at­ing the cul­tural traditions.

Emma inter­act­ing with a child
David tak­ing vital signs
Kim­berly and Ger­ald in triage
Sarah and Alice with a fam­ily in triage

Patients pre­sented today with more chal­leng­ing health diag­noses. In addi­tion to the asth­matic man and the gan­grenous foot wound, we cared for patients with breast masses, pneu­mo­nia, res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses from dust and smoke, mal­nu­tri­tion in chil­dren, STDs, prostate issues, sca­bies, fun­gal skin infec­tions, uri­nary tract infec­tions and many other ail­ments. Lab­o­ra­tory test­ing con­tin­ues for items such as blood sug­ars, malaria, urine test and HIV test­ing and coun­sel­ing. There have not been any pos­i­tive malaria tests and two pos­i­tive HIV tests so far. Treat­ment con­tin­ues to be pro­vided with antibi­otic injec­tions and ear lavage. There was one great suc­cess with this today. An eight-​year-​old boy returned today for us to con­tinue clean­ing his ears. At the con­clu­sion the boy could hear again after all the wax was removed and even thought the noises of the world were quite loud.

Our team is dis­cov­er­ing the oppor­tu­nity for health edu­ca­tion for both the patients and local health care providers. We have the oppor­tu­nity to model and be the exam­ple of how to care for dis­eases in new and dif­fer­ent ways than the cur­rent treat­ments being pro­vided here in Tan­za­nia. There is also the oppor­tu­nity to share with the patients health edu­ca­tion to help them to be more suc­cess­ful and healthy. This is both dis­ap­point­ing to observe and an oppor­tu­nity for us to be able to assist in a use­ful and mean­ing­ful way.

Line at vital signs
phar­macy crew at work
Daena in triage
Kim­berly with a friend

Pas­tor Pase con­tin­ues to pro­vide evan­ge­lism to the patients in groups of twenty as they begin to enter the clinic. The patients wait patiently and lis­ten atten­tively. Pas­tor Schulte con­tin­ues to pray with each indi­vid­ual as they leave the clinic. Even the Muslin patients stop and pray. This is a unique oppor­tu­nity to be able to reach this pop­u­la­tion, and we hope a seed is being planted through these prayers and interactions.

Pas­tor Pase min­is­ter­ing to a group of patients
Pas­tor Schulte min­is­ter­ing to sev­eral patients

Our team is doing very well. We are a cohe­sive bunch and are col­lec­tively and indi­vid­u­ally enjoy­ing our time here in Tan­za­nia. We look for­ward to another day of clinic tomor­row and the oppor­tu­ni­ties that will present them­selves for us to wit­ness, treat, and serve.

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?

Tan­za­nia Med­ical Mis­sion, Clinic Day One

Our Lutheran Church Mis­souri Synod (LCMS) Mercy Med­ical Team (MMT) arrived in Tan­za­nia late Sat­ur­day night. Travel was smooth for all team mem­bers and all eight of us arrived with all of our lug­gage as well.

The air­port adven­ture began upon arrival in Tan­za­nia, how­ever. After mak­ing it through the maze of obtain­ing visas and clear­ing cus­toms, we attempted to exit the air­port to meet our local hosts and LCMS mis­sion­ar­ies there to wel­come us. The air­port offi­cials were very leery of the med­ical equip­ment and med­ica­tions we were bring­ing into the coun­try, which con­tained items such as stetho­scopes, blood pres­sure cuffs, glu­come­ters, oto­scopes, tooth­brushes and vitamins.

Ulti­mately one of the LCMS mis­sion­ar­ies and two of the Lutheran Church in East Africa pas­tors came into the air­port to meet with the offi­cials and sev­eral of our team mem­bers to dis­cuss the items included in the five lug­gage pieces. The dis­cus­sion led to the lug­gage being locked up for the night at the air­port and an appoint­ment being set for the next day to return and dis­cuss the mat­ter fur­ther. Thank­fully team mem­bers were allowed to remove per­sonal cloth­ing items from the bags before they were left at the air­port for the night! We trav­eled approx­i­mately one hour by pri­vate bus to Moshi where our lodg­ing is for the week.

Sun­day morn­ing we trav­eled to Mdawi to attend church at the Lutheran Church in East Africa (LCEA) parish that is located there. This church build­ing and the two school rooms attached are the site for our clin­ics for the week. The church build­ing is small, and approx­i­mately ten church mem­bers joined us for the Divine wor­ship ser­vice. They will­ingly shared their hym­nals with us as we learned to pro­nounce Swahili and sing along. The major­ity of our team did not under­stand much of the ser­vice, but it was a bless­ing to wor­ship with fel­low Luther­ans in Tanzania.

Sun­day after­noon the team split up. The major­ity stayed in Moshi and had lunch at a local restau­rant where they expe­ri­enced “African time” as they waited sev­eral hours to enjoy their meal. A walk though town led to the cur­rency exchange. Three of us trav­eled back to the air­port with the LCEA pas­tors to work to get the lug­gage back. We obtained spe­cial air­port passes, paid a fee to account­ing to enter the air­port, met with offi­cials in the health depart­ment office, learned pre­ferred pro­to­col and pro­ce­dure for bring­ing items into Tan­za­nia and were asked to pay a fee to receive the bags back. By the grace of God we made it out of the air­port with the lug­gage and never paid the fee. It was quite the process, with hints of sketchy busi­ness prac­tice inter­min­gled. The evening was enjoyed back at the Keys Lodge where we were able to dis­cuss plans for the week and have some cul­ture orientation.

Today began our first day of clinic. The goals of the clin­ics this week are to share the Gospel mes­sage and pro­vide treat­ment to those seek­ing the clinic ser­vices. We began the day by load­ing up all of the sup­plies, both those donated from the U.S. and the med­ica­tions pur­chased in Tan­za­nia with our trip fees. The first hours of the clinic were spent unpack­ing, set­ting up and mak­ing plans for the logis­tics of the day. The local LCEA pas­tors and sem­i­nary stu­dents are work­ing with us this week and serv­ing in var­i­ous capac­i­ties. The health care work­ers from the local min­istry of health arrived a bit later in the morn­ing. Intro­duc­tions and morn­ing prayer occurred with the full group before clinic started around 11:00.

Sup­ply loading
Group prayer
Patients wait­ing at the Mdawi clinic site
Patients wait­ing at the Mdawi clinic site

Those attend­ing the clinic begin by reg­is­ter­ing with a local pas­tor near the church entrance. Patients are then brought into the school com­pound in groups of twenty, where they begin with Pas­tor Pase and a Tan­zan­ian pas­tor for evan­ge­lism and prayer. The patients then move to the vitals sta­tion, where David and Gabi check patients’ blood pres­sures, heart rates, tem­per­a­tures and obtain their weights. Patients then wait to see a nurse in the triage room where Alice, Daena, Emma and Kim­berly work with local nurses and pas­tors as trans­la­tors to deter­mine the patients’ rea­son for vis­it­ing the clinic. Patients then move to the next school class­room where they see one of five med­ical providers. There are med­ical offi­cers, who are doc­tors, and clin­i­cal offi­cers, who are equiv­a­lent to physi­cian assis­tants and nurse prac­ti­tion­ers. Kim is work­ing with the providers in this room to care for patients. There is a lab test­ing cen­ter where a Tan­zan­ian is pro­vid­ing tests such as blood sugar checks, malaria test­ing and uri­nal­y­sis test­ing. There is an HIV coun­selor on site who is per­form­ing HIV test­ing and coun­sel­ing. A treat­ment room is set up where Stephanie and Sarah are pro­vid­ing med­ical treat­ments such as antibi­otic injec­tions, wound clean­ing, ear clean­ing, etc … . The patients then pray with Pas­tor Gary as they exit the school com­pound to walk to the church build­ing to receive their pre­scrip­tions. The day flowed smoothly and every­one stepped right in to assist with great flexibility.

Pas­tor Pase pro­vid­ing evangelism
Vital signs with David, Sarah and Gabi
Emma in triage
Alice in triage
Kim in the provider area
Pas­tor Gary pray­ing with patients at the exit

The first day of clinic tends to run a bit slower and have a later start as we fig­ure out the flow and setup. Today our team was able to pro­vide care to approx­i­mately 180 patients. We pro­vided care to patients with a wide vari­ety of diag­noses includ­ing high blood pres­sure, skin dis­eases, staph infec­tion, res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness, ton­sil­li­tis, seizures, ele­phan­ti­tis, fun­gal infec­tions, ear wax build up and many more. One of our team mem­bers stated it well when she com­mented on how won­der­ful it is to see the patients be so grate­ful for and trust­ing of the care we provide.

Tomor­row we have patients reg­is­tered to begin the day with us, and we have sev­eral patients slated to come back and see us through­out the week for con­tin­ued treat­ment and follow-​up. We plan to begin the clinic around 0900 and imple­ment sug­ges­tions for ways to enhance the clinic for tomor­row that arose dur­ing team debrief and devo­tion time this evening. The first day of clinic was suc­cess­ful, the team­work demon­strated was phe­nom­e­nal, and we are ready for day two tomor­row after a bit of rest.

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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