- Written by Kimberly Pepmiller Kimberly Pepmiller
- Created: 18 June 2019 18 June 2019
Each day our drive to Kahe takes us on a tour of the Tanzanian countryside and through many small villages. We pass large fields of sugarcane and corn and rice paddies as well. There is a stunning view of Mt. Kilimanjaro that has daily been visible on the drive home. The villages bring a glimpse into the daily life of those living here. Our team has observed the joy of the Tananzian people and have realized they are not poor. They may be lacking belongings, but they are not poor. In fact, it seems their faith even grows deeper with their daily reliance on God for provisions
Our second day of clinic went smoothly. We began the day with a safety huddle for the combined team of American and Tanzanian medical providers. We shared identified successes and opportunities from the day prior. A few changes were made to clinic flow to ensure patient prioritization based on condition and to streamline patient flow. Our local missionary team is doing an excellent job of empowering and teaching the local healthcare providers. The collaboration between the two teams is excellent. Morning devotions were held in both English and Swahili with the waiting crowd of villagers. It was wonderful to hear everyone sing and praise together.
Team members worked in the same areas of the clinic throughout the day and settled into routines, developed more relationships with local partners, learned a few more Swahili words and helped provide both spiritual and physical care for those in attendance.
“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?