Fenced In

Trip Start Jul 28, 2011
Trip End Aug 14, 2011

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Flag of Kenya  , Rift Valley,
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The team submitted the following post to John from their remote area in west Kenya, reporting on their Monday activities:

The team started their first day of ministry in the Bomet area with a tour of Tenwek Hospital. This fine medical facility is the only hospital in the area and has been serving this small town and outlying rural community for more than fifty years.  From what would be considered primitive by some (when compared to US hospitals), they have lived out their motto well: "We treat, Jesus heals" and have saved tens of thousands of lives and drastically improved the quality of life for thousands more.

After our hospital tour we progressed up, quite literally, to the Kenduiwo orphanage, which is a 45-minute uphill drive through scenic pastoral countryside.  From a distance the fields hosting a variety of crops, including the vibrant fresh green of the tea fields, looked like a giant green and brown quilt of breathtaking beauty.  We were prepared to conduct a mini-Bible class for the children, but Gumby ("blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape") struck again and we spent the day planting trees and carrying fence posts.  We then sat, at Pastor David's request, to watch them install the new fence, a most fascinating process.  They actually thrust the posts into the ground using shear physical force!

Several team members were able to move off and spend time just hanging out with the kids.  During this 'free time' Karen was able put her nursing gift to use by cleaning and bandaging some of the more severe small wounds and infections.  God is a great provider because she was prepared for this "unexpected" task by having simple first aid supplies in her bag initially meant for team members who might need them, but God knew all along that there would be needy orphans needing her caring touch. 

Sarah, Pastor David's wife, prepared a typical but delightful Kenyan vegetarian lunch.  Her hospitality and ample feast were a blessing after all the physical exertion at such a high altitude.  We left at 3:15 for Tenwek since Kathy Rae had a physical therapy appointment for the persistent and painful neck and back spasms she has been suffering from the last couple of days.  We're happy to report that she received some much needed relief and we are praying for her continued healing.
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Cathi Book on

My heart is singing this morning after reading your blog! What a wonderful day you had! God is so good! We will continue to pray for the team and expecially healing for Kathy.
Blessings to all!
Cathi and Ron Book

Sheran White on

Ah, the Kenduiwo ride. It's like that saying, we had to walk to school up hill, both ways. But what beautiful scenery. I'm praying for all of you and know the Lord will fulfill His purpose in and through you and you will reap a harvest of blessings. Kathy, I'm glad to hear you are getting some relief and I will pray for a complete healing. Be well team. Blessings.

Sheran White on

On a different note: Rita: I called Tom and all is fixed and well. Thanks so much. We'll talk when you get back. Miss you!!!!

Bonnie Smith on

Hi Rita - just a few words to let u know I'm keeping u ALL in my prayers. John has been taking the comments Pastor John sends to me to your palates class in the mornings for anyone to read . God Bless You my sister and stay well as God leads you on this awesome journey. Looking forward to our Fall bible study class. Blessings Bonnie & John

Marlene Lee on

You will never be the same again! After seeing first hand God working in Kenya with so little but accomplishing so much! Thank you Group and Minister J Stanko for your unselfish love and devotion.To God be the glory!

Marlene Lee on

once again to God be the Glory! Amen!

Deborah Jacobson on

@ Kathy, I hope your ok little sis, I will say some prayers for you as well. I love you and please let me know somehow that your ok......

Carol Donnelly on

Dear Team,
I remember the bumyp, bumpy, bumpy, ride/rides. It felt sometimes like the things in the bottom of my body were at the top and vice versa. HeHeHe....I am sorry Kathy you are feeling pain, but am glad to hear it is improving. I will definitely keep you in prayer and will ask others to pray for you also; so your travel back home will be comfortable. Love you Kathy.
You are fortunate to have nurse Karen with you. We were also blessed with a nurse...our dear Dorothy. She had such care and compassion for us all. I love reading about your ventures. It brings back wonderful memories. I feel like I am there with you all. Spreading HIS love is phenomenal. Bless you all.

sess on

Hi mattie,all is well here,everyone have been glue to their computer,waiting for
the next update,it's been exciting to read about your adventures we all miss you
and pray for the rest of your stay and your return home. Praise God for things He has done.Love you

sess on

ps, wish I was there

DeB on

What a blessing to be able to see the pictures and to read about the work God is doing through the team! God is using all of you in little and big ways. Wish I was there with you guys. Seeing the pictures of the beautiful smiles of the children just touched my heart. I'm sure they will never forget the team. Kathy Rae glad to read you are feeling better and I will pray for total healing and freedom from all pain. God bless each of you as you do the work He has mapped out for you to accomplish.

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