“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord Himself will go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8
We watched the storm roll in from our grass-roofed tent at Lake Baringo Island Camp. Lightning, thunder, and gusty winds were threatening to dampen our get-away and our spirits. During this personal retreat, we had been discussing the next few months’ preparation to leave Kenya for 6-months of Home Ministry in the US in early 2012.
Mixed emotions had surfaced: Where would we feel at home? How much will family and friends have changed? Have we done what we could have (or should have) since we arrived in Kenya? Will others take over our tasks with a sense of blessing or resentment in their hearts?
Dejected, we picked up books and binoculars to move inside when we realized that only a few feet behind us was a view of the other side of the island - the sun was shining gloriously on the water, and not a single exotic flower or songbird was being disturbed by the rain and wind battering the opposite side of their little kingdom.
Birds and flowers were not the only colorful companions we had at Lake Baringo. This pretty friend was about 12” long.
Some long-awaited updates...
Final dedication of the Colorado Work Team projects was celebrated on the last Sunday in June at Kalyet Church in Mugango with worship, singing, and blessings over each phase: church office, water tank, generator housing, raingutters, and the beautiful wooden cross sent from the team (and made by a team member) as an expression of continuing fellowship after their return home.
Prayers are being answered regarding doctors needed to cover Steve’s furlough from Tenwek Hospital during 2012. Several Gastroenterologists have committed to serve for some of the months needing coverage. For anyone interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The STEP study on esophageal cancer continues with patient #175 this week. The goal for Steve and his endoscopy team is to screen 300 patients by the end of 2011. The recruiting continues in outlying villages around Tenwek.
Tenwek Chaplaincy College has 4 new students. Alene was teaching Ministry to the Dying and Bereaved last term (May thru July), and will return to courses on Prison Ministry and Aftercare Ministry from Sept thru Nov.)
“When no one was visiting me, I saw the church come.
When I needed soap and tissue, the church came.
Now when we need medicine, the church has come again.
I think that when I am released,
I will have to visit that church.”
-- Shared by Bomet Prison Inmate with Pastor Elijah
Greetings when our team arrived at the prison
Steve improvises an exam table
Dental clinic in one of the tent
Our vehicle functioned as the dispensary staffed by pharmacist, student nurses, and prison nursing officer
Pastors did one-on-one counseling
Teaching sessions on drug and alcohol abuse
Please pray with us:
• For more partners in prayers & finances for our work, and planning for our Home Ministry in US in 2012
• For more physicians to respond to need for Endoscopy coverage at Tenwek while Steve is in US in 2012
• For adjustment for both of Steve’s parents as care needs have increased, as well as for wisdom in decision-making by family members & care-givers
Please thank the Lord with us:
• For comforting visits from dear friends from US
• For those physicians who have volunteered to help with coverage for Steve while we are home
• For God’s faithfulness in caring for Steve’s father after hip fracture & replacement through help of family, friends, and medical staff
• For faithful partners in prayer, service, & finances, including those who give anonymously.