When I was in7thgrade, I needed to see a cardiologist for some health issues I had been experiencing. Typically, in Kenya, most people are not covered by any type of health insurance. About 10 percent of Kenyans have health insurance-poverty being one of the main reasons. That was the case for me. However, a young missionary cardiologist willingly took my case and asked for no payment. That was the biggest eye opening experience for me; I experienced the power of giving. This doctor, out of his kindness, offered to treat me for free. No. Charge. Little did I know the impact that would later have in my life. That is why, in the summer of this year-May 28thto June 19th, I will be leading a team of nurses and doctors to Nakuru, Kenya for the same mission-to offer free medical care.
Nakuru is the fourth largest city in Kenya and the fastest growing city in East Africa. The main public hospital in Nakuru is bombarded daily with a load of patients, too many to treat and with limited resources too. Payment is required before providing services. With almost 40 percent of the Kenyan population living on less than $2 a day, many end up suffering in their own homes and others like 22year old Thomas will sit outside the hospital, with a 3rd degree burn, waiting for a miracle-waiting to get money through begging and then seek medical care.
With the expense of medical care, it is only obvious that most people don’t get the regular medical checkup. Many end up dying from preventable diseases like malaria, pneumonia, typhoid, cholera and many others. Others are faced with the decision of either using their money to buy food for the family or taking a sick child to hospital. For example, a sick grandma who has taken the responsibility of mom to her 3 orphaned grandkids. They live in a dumpster and though she is sick, she has to look for odd jobs to provide for these three kids. In another case, before Cross Power ministry adopted this family to support them, they were torn between paying for a doctors consultation visit for the mother (approx $12) or getting food only to realize that they had also been evicted from their rental house since they couldn’t afford the month’s rent. These are few cases among the many that happen every day.
We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in whatever capacity and talents we have. This is why, in the summer of this year, this team will be partnering with Cross Power Ministries to offer our services for free to the people of Nakuru. This will involve a free medical checkup/treatment, health education and also paying for the very sick to get medical treatment, as funds allow.
Through that one cardiologist, a vision was born and because of that, we will be the spreading the love and compassion of Christ to as many as we can. The need is great.
Immediate needs for the trip:
Here is our budget for the trip
- Doctor fee in Kenya-$500
- License for American doctor to work in Kenya-$100
- Boxes of medicine (2)-$1,000
- tent to be set up in the church ground-$300
- seats for the tent-$75
- In case of excess baggage with airline-$200
Your prayers are the most important support we need because it makes everything happen and it changes things. Please keep this trip in your prayers. If you feel led to help financially please send your contribution to Diamond Community Church and memo it as Cross Power-Kenya Mission. (6427 woodland avenue, Kansas City, MO-64131). Thank you and God bless.
Partnering With You In Christ,