Urgent Prayer Needed!

Thank You Everyone for all your support and prayers!

We have started our health clinic for the last few days and have served over 481 patients in the last 2.5 days. However, we just got news from MCF that our Kenyan Poison Control documentation has been held up, due to one government official who will not sign the documents. As a result, much of our medication is still stuck at the airport.

Team Upendo and MCF asks for your urgent prayers! Our Health Clinic opens today, on Saturday, Aug 10th and we don’t have our 20 boxes of medicine from HPIC.

Please pray that some how, we will have medicine for the thousands of patients we are anticipating!

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Opening our Doors! – Reflections by Jon Ng

Jambo! Greetings from Kenya.

MCF Child wearing the Canada Hoodie Proud!

Pharma team – Setting up

Following yesterday’s Orientation Day and a good night’s sleep that has been sorely missed since our departure from Toronto, we finally opened our clinic doors to patients.

First, we kicked our day off with some worship and a morning devotional. Focusing on the theme of compassion, we reminded ourselves why and how we serve: as a response to the greatest act of compassion known to man, God recognizing our suffering in sin and having the loving kindness to sacrifice His Son. Through this expression of love can we only now understand that our compassion is an outwardly expression of Christ’s initial love in us.

Following this, we set up our clinic: unpacking our medication and equipment, identifying what inventory previous teams left could be reused, and communicating within our sub-teams in order to operate as a cohesive unit. This was not without its own share of challenges, however. We were unable to unpack a large portion of our medication as they are still being held by Kenya Customs officers due to a yet-to-arrive approval from Kenyan Poison Control. The dental machines were undergoing numerous operational issues. And, physically providing space to accommodate all the medical professionals required logistical gymnastics.

But, as always, God is good and He provides, allowing us to serve. The optical team was able to run eye exams in the hall between the dental rooms and pharmacy and despite operational difficulties that come with any first day, all sub-teams were able to effectively serve our patients. Overall, we were able to see 69 individuals in the afternoon following our setup.

While this number is respectable for our first full day of clinic, we hope to serve far more of the MCF students tomorrow. We’ve debriefed what we did well, and what remains to still be worked upon. Because of this, we do have a few prayer requests. Perhaps most significantly, please pray for government approval. We’re hoping our unapproved boxes can be greenlit soon and our medical professionals can receive their temporary medical papers as until both of those two things happen, we will be unable to serve at our fullest capacity.

Secondly, please pray for continued team energy and health as jetlag and mosquitoes are making sleep difficult for some members of our team. Lastly, please pray for the dental sub-team as many members are staying late, missing dinner and working late into the night in order to get all machines at working capacity.

Thank you all for reading, we really do appreciate all your prayers and support. Tomorrow, we will continue to serve the MCF children and will start serving the surrounding community on Friday. Monday will be when we will commence our servant leadership course. Well, that’s all from me, it’s time for me to sleep as we start bright and early tomorrow!

By Jonathan Ng

Arrived Safely in MCF Ndalani!!!

We departed Toronto on Aug 4th at 6:05 pm with 49 Team members and 104 checked bags!
We ended up only needing to pay for 6 additional bags in the end, as many team members sacrificed their personal checked baggage for the team donations!

We flew 8 hours to Zurich with a 2 hour layover and then another 8 hours to Nairobi.
Thank You for all your prayers, as all 104 checked bags made it safely to Nairobi. As we spoke with the Kenyan Customs, we were able to clear most of our bags for a very reasonable cost!

Please continue praying for our 20 HPIC Boxes of medications, they are currently being held at the airport until we receive approval from the Kenyan Poison Control Board.

We then stopped at a cafe for a quick take out, which ended up being 2 hrs, before travelling another 2.5 hours to MCF Ndalani by bus. We rolled into our rooms at MCF near 3 am. Despite the long travels, our team was still in great spirits and everyone is well!
Thanks for remaining Flexible, Humble, Adaptable and Teachable (FHAT), Team Upendo!

Our Cheerful Giver

Below is an email from one of team members to our team leader:

Kelly, 

This just happened at the office.

As the count down to our departure nears the “to do list” seems never ending. The challenges with obtaining needed medicines and supplies, the logistically battle of how to pack everything in airline approved sized boxes while not exceeding weight limits, the unexpected cost involved with getting all our supplies onto the plane, and so on. 

It is very easy to forget the reasons why we are all going to MCF but then our amazing God gives us a gentle reminder.

A patient I saw 2 weeks ago took a copy of my prayer letter as she left the office (I leave a few copies on the reception desk). Today she came in for her 2 week follow up appointment. After her visit I was about to leave the exam room to see my next patient when she whispered if she could have a word with me. I stopped to listen knowing that these types of conversations usually end with sad news. 

She said that she was very touched after reading my prayer letter and “someone” told her that she needed help. With limited financial means she was struggling to find a way to contribute. Someone told her to knit. So she started to knit. Today she give me this….see attached. 

I was humbled by her words and her actions which caused me to pause. 

As she turned to leave the exam room, she smiled at me and pulled out a wrinkled envelope from her bag…”here is some money. Please use it the best way you can. It is not much.” 

This reminds me of two passages: 

Mark 12:41-44

The Widow’s Offering

41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything all she had to live on.”

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

The Cheerful Giver

6The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. 7Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

With all the busyness getting ready to go – are we grumbling about all the work that we need to do or are we joyfully giving our all?

Kelly, if you feel that this can encourage others on the team please send out or post to blog. 

Thanks,

Dave.