- Written by Kimberly Pepmiller Kimberly Pepmiller
- Created: June 20 2019 June 20 2019
Our fourth clinic day was another good, smooth day. The team has figured out a routine and flow that works well. Our morning routine brings us to the clinic by about 9:30 AM each day. We leave our hotel at 8:00, stop to pick up the Tanzanian healthcare workers and then drive to Kahe. The noise on the bus has grown throughout the week as conversations and chatter occur amongst the team. They're great sounds to hear! After our safety huddle and morning prayer, we begin to see patients by about 10:00 or 10:30 AM. The local pastors and workers staying in Kahe have the school all set up and ready for our use by the time we arrive. The patients who registered the day prior are usually sitting in their benches in the proper order waiting for registration when we arrive, and then the crowd of other expectant patients grows throughout the day.
The past few days have brought several circumstances that our team holds in prayer. People who are viewed as less than normal by societal standards are often shunned and outcast. This leads to very challenging situations and lifestyles for these families. We have met several developmentally disabled children, a couple of people with albinism and a severely malnourished child. We have worked to connect them with local resources for both spiritual and physical care. It is eye-opening and heartbreaking to observe the struggle.
Today brought many patients with similar health concerns that we have seen during the week. Our first major wound care needs came through the clinic today. Kristal and Kristin partnered together on treatment plans. Kristin continues to make an impact through physical therapy treatment plans for the patients, teaching them new skills and concepts. Pastor shares an excellent evangelism message that connects the concept of a deep faith in Jesus to growing healthy tomatoes. Mark and Chris are beloved by the children and set the tone for clinic flow by obtaining patient weights. Nelly and Kristal continue the process by gathering each patient's vital signs, and the five nurses (Kay, Kimberly, Laura, Rita and Vicki) all work in nursing triage. The local Tanzanian healthcare team has shared the great need they have observed and how happy they are to be working in Kahe this week. Hopefully the connections we are beginning to create for the locals will carry forward.
As we prepare for our final day of clinic, we pray that we will see the patients in greatest need of care. We look forward to continued service here where God has called us to be in Kahe, 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?