A Time For Hope: the mission of medical professionals who set up a Health Clinic in Nakuru, Kenya have now returned and managed to see 3,500 Kenyans who would otherwise have had no access to healthcare. The following report is from Jane Bostock, the organiser of the mission, on their time in Kenya:
So we made it at last after a three year wait, through elections, the following strife, and all manner of other enemy action. And we still followed the vision that God first gave to run a Clinic for the people of Nakuru, Kenya. We were there for one month from mid April to mid May
Ten of us went with all sorts of medical qualifications and served especially the poor in every possible way that we knew and made an amazing count of 3,500 people that had been seen and given as much hope as possible.
The frontline staff were made up of:
- Jonathan our GP and “Chief Medical Officer”
- Caroline our Accident and Emergency Doc who was also gifted at helping children sing Christian songs
- Jan our very experienced Nurse and Childrens Nurse, though often in charge of the Dispensary was excellent at chidrens games
- Jenny our very hard working Dentist who spent much of her time charming the children into caring for their teeth
- Judy our Physiotherapist though very caring for all ages was particularly gifted with helping children to discover unknown movement
- David our Pastor who offered prayer to all for their healing and was delighted to learn that most people were glad to receive prayer and Gods intervention. He was also a pretty mean driver on the difficult roads of Nakuru.
- Boy and Joseph our two bodyguards who were continually on the watch for danger and quite skilled at taking photos
- Various very dear helpers, translators, and other interested parties.
On the whole these frontliners moved every other day from one incredibly poor area to another and set up the work force in Schools or Village Halls
The back up staff stayed behind in the Church space to give more lengthy treatments, and make full use of our equipment which had come all the way from Cornwall in a forty foot container to support the work of our Clinic. Many thanks to all the people involved, who helped us collect so many items and pack them into this enormous cavern.
- Tim and Judy our Orthotist and his wife worked wonders, with a few simple splinting materials and an electrically heated bowl of water.
- Marc our Psychologist and Councillor always had a queue of folk wishing to share their problems but in between he showed his prowess at football and encouraging the youngsters to form a football team. Most joyously Marc became born again while he was with us.
- Jane our Lymphoedema Therapist and leader of the gang
- Amissi our guard, guide, carer, peacemaker and fantastic tea maker
It was a joy to see our physio and orthotist working quite miraculously together as they brought very disabled children to their feet through exercise or gifted making of splints – I cannot forget the child who fitted a pair of shoes where one was much longer than the other and so were his feet, or the picture of a very disabled man fitting a soft pair of pink suede shoes and hanging them on his crutches to caress as he could not bear to wear them as yet
As Lymphoedema Therapist I had the joy of being able to prove that the compression bandaging and compression hosiery works as well in Africa and probably better than in the UK. We had 45 people referred to us and many had to have the full treatment before they could fit into hosiery.
Many of those bandaged are now into hosiery and walking comfortably and with confidence that they have not known before, or for many years.
I was also blessed with having the honour of treating Philip who is really the Star of the show as when I met him three years ago he asked if I could help him. April this year is the first time we have been able to do so – with treatment he lost 13 cms around his ankle and we have to return again to finish this work. (Philip has a very special testimony which we will share in a seperate post.)
But before we think of returning I would like to make the very hugest of thanks to our host and Pastor of the Metro G12 Church in Nakuru Mike Brawan, without whose love of mankind, encouragement, wisdom, and hospitality we would not have been able to chase our vision and serve our God
Every member of our team from UK wish to return.
We would love to take more people so please make contact with Jane on 01872 560844
If you feel you could help financially:
- We need to buy a container
- We need to save up to send a container to Mombassa and then on to Nakuru
- We need to buy equipment, drugs, and bandaging
- We need to buy hosiery it wears out every six months,
- We are good at Car Boots for fund raising and will always welcome helpers or your unwanted stuff to sell
- All unwanted but useful medical aide and equipment can be sent out to Kenya
Many thanks to our God for blessing us with such a wonderful experience
Jane Bostock 09.06.2010
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