So much to share and so little time to do it. Things here have been very busy so far, so I apologize for not sending more updates. Yesterday morning after breakfast, I took a small team to the clinic site to prepare for the day. When we got to the church, I was impressed at how much work had been completed. The church was built and is a good, strong building. It was about several kilometers from the town center in a neighborhood called Kilolena. It's a predominantly Muslim area although I have not yet seen a mosque. But the church is definitely strategically placed in this growing community. Apparently, there is a new railroad that is being built, which is pushing residents toward this area. So in the next year, it should be very densely populated.
After about 30 minutes, we figured out how the patients would flow from the entrance to the triage, to the doctors stations to the wound care nurse to the pharmacy and then prayer tent. Initially, we had no tables or curtain dividers, but the Kenyan team worked very quickly and it came together over the next hour. When the rest of the team arrived at 9am, we got to work quickly counting children's vitamins which were still unsorted. There weren't hardly any patients waiting at this time so we had a few moments to get some last minute work accomplished.
Finally around 10am, we gathered to pray to kick off the clinic. By this time, there were a small number of patients that were waiting. But as we got started, you could see that word was getting out. Patient started arriving and checking in. The pace was steady through the rest of the day but not overwhelming. Lots of many chronic complaints but no malaria. The pediatricians were very busy, and we are very thankful to have four of them this year. By the time we wrapped up the clinic around 3pm today, we had even approximately 150 patients I estimate.
After we wrapped up the clinic, a young woman wrapped in a burka was driven up to the clinic on a motorcycle. She could hardly walk. She seemed very weak. One of her friends started asking our Kenyan team if she could be seen and they came to get me. Pastor Munga told me that she was very sick and needed to be seen. We sat her in a chair and checked her temperature. 102 degrees. Malaria. I called Jennifer over to confirm with a our blood test and it was positive very quickly. She was given Coartam, our malaria medication, Motrin and water. She was then helped back on to her motorcycle and she went home. If she were in America, she would have been admitted to the ICU most likely.
The first crusade was wonderful. This year it is being held at the site of the church since we are in a neighborhood. Even though this is my 5th year of coming to Kenya, I am always amazed at how expressive and genuine their worship is. They worship with hearts of praise and adoration for Jesus. Clapping, dancing, and shouting are a must. Their joy is contagious and it's authentic . It's very liberating. Chris Chambers, our missions pastor for FBC Trussville, took the honors of preaching at the first crusade, and his message was wonderful and well-received. He spoke on Luke 12 that talks about worry and how God provides for everything we need. After the crusade ended, everyone went inside the church for a revival meeting which lasted another hour. Chris was again invited to teach a Bible story. All in all, the crusade and revival last about 4 hours. We were all pretty exhausted.
There were approximately 25 people who made new confessions of faith in Christ. We praise God for the work He is doing in Voi. One of our themes throughout this week has been submitted to God and allow Him to work in and through us. Show His love through humility and service. And it's remarkable to see how He pulls it all together. We have great expectations for what will come in the next few days. Please continue to pray with us.