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Makueni Update and Living for Christ

June 28, 2009

We just spent part of the week in Makueni, Kenya. Makueni is the location for the medical camp that will take place in August. We will be joined by ~25 medical professionals from SECC to serve the community of Makueni. The Mi2ers accompanied 4 LIA staff/volunteers to scope out the facilities within the AIC Dispensary (Africa Inland Church), we would be using in August. We made tons of lists and “to-do” agendas for when we return to set everything up in August. The facility we’ll be using is gorgeous– it has two large wings with spacious rooms that could be used for operations (a theatre as the Kenyan’s call them), there are plenty of other rooms for consultations, specialists, pharmacists and nurses. The construction of the building was stopped almost prior to it’s completion, I think due to lack of funds. The building has never been used– but it’s a beauty. I can just imagine the empty corridors bustling with people someday! On the same campus as the facility we’ll be using is a running outpatient clinic, a small pharmacy, a maternity ward and a mortuary. We were getting a tour of the AIC Dispensary and they wanted to show us the “motor” room. We followed our guide to a small building, about 200m to the left of the guest house we were staying in.

We stepped into the little building and saw this large green rectangular box, about 4 feet high and about 7 feet long. It kind of looked like a generator, and we had been told about their generators before- so we just figured this is the building where it was stored. Then, the guide proceeded to open up a door; I was expecting to see a room full of mechanical instruments and more generators. The soft sunlight poured in through a window opposite to us, perfectly outlining the silhouette of a 103 year old man lying on a metal table. We were all absolutely shocked. I turned around for a minute, just to get over the shock of seeing a dead man (no clothing) just lying by himself in this large room. After getting over our initial shock, we entered the room, and saw the man up close. He was so very thin, but he looked like he would have been a joy to talk to! They were embalming him with fluids, and the family came on Saturday to pick up the body. Apparently funerals and the transport of the body are huge parts of Kenyan traditions– a large group of family and friends crowded outside of the mortuary to see off his body. It was an interesting moment, because while the body moving was taking place, there was also a large meeting of people under a tree nearby.

The meeting was an area meeting, where the community gathers to discuss various issues. What was slightly shocking yet amazing was that they opened with prayer and song. Imagine- 100+ people gathered under an acacia tree, women wearing bandanas, men tying up their bicycles and grabbing a seat under the shade. Benches and chairs were dragged out of the medical building to seat people, but people were still strewn across the ground with dry grass. There were a few main speakers, though it looked like anyone who wanted to speak could talk. Anyways, they opened with prayer, and then the most beautiful songs rose from their lips. It was such an awesome moment. All of these people, standing in the shade of God’s beautiful tree just lifting their voices to their creator and Lord. The voices mixed and mingled and created such a wonderful sound that I’m sure pleased our Heavenly Father.

Our God is good. Anyways, the rest of the time in Makueni was spent getting supply lists together, Pamella from LIA talked with pastors, health officers, etc. to make sure everything was in place for August. We also had the chance to witness a chicken slaughter. Courtney really wanted to have the experience of killing a chicken, so Pamella brought one back from a market after she had run some errands that day. After Pam got back to the guest house, we were just chatting away, and she pointed down underneath the counter top and there was Ms. Hen. Her legs were tied, so she couldn’t move, but we had no idea she was just sitting patiently under our counter. We got an 8min video of the process, so ask and we’ll show it to you when we get back. Courtney did a great job- thought the knife wasn’t too sharp, and the chicken wiggled around a bit (you go for the jugular). When we asked Jacob (an LIA driver), “So what’s the process of killing the chicken”. He replied “Chicken will die.” No lies there, folks.I helped with the plucking process. We ended up with a delicious chicken dinner that night, though Lauren didn’t partake.

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We’re back in Nairobi now; we leave for Thika on Tuesday. I’m finally taking a day off by my self for some reflection and alone time with the Lord. Later today, I’m meeting with a couple from America who are now in Kenya with InnerChange, the same organization that Daniel is with. They work with Somalians, and I’m interested to see what they’re up to and where God is calling them.

And I’m also considering transferring colleges– from Denison University to the University of Kentucky. There are many reasons behind considering a transfer, but the most important one is being surrounded by more Christian people. It’s been very difficult in my past 3 years at Denison to have good conversations about faith. Lately, God has been convicting me about not being as involved in church and fellowship with other Christians. Maybe Denison is my mission field for next year, I’m praying that God shows me a clear answer as to where I should be attending next year. Pray for our guys in Poland, their camps start up this week and their schedules are going to get a LOT busier. Be sure to check out our Kenya team blog as well! Also keep Daniel in your prayers . It sounds like InnerChange in the Mission District may need to come up with a new vision on whom they are reaching out to, and the methods in which they are reaching. He’s had some awesome experience so far, and God is just growing in him so much!

God has also been doing some major work on my heart. He’s been showing me more and more how He is the most important thing to truly live for. Often times, I think we get accustomed to living in and for this world. Get a good job, make good money to support a family; it’s all about doing what we can to advance in this world. And I think that Christians have gotten the wrong picture of what it means to be a Christian. I see (and I am guilty of this as well) Christians living for the world, but they also fit God into the picture. In reality, God is THE picture. He created the picture, He has a vision for the picture!

I listened to a sermon on Grace by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church today, and he was explaining the types of Grace that we are given by God. God decided to love us (we did not first choose to love him). He chose us from every single broken and sinful person on this earth. He offered us the opportunity to love and follow him. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit instills in us a new set of passions and desires– and your deepest passions are transformed into line with God’s desires! God provides for us- he gives us what we need, he gives us enough money, he gives us enough food, he gives us enough! His grace is more than enough! God is eternal, and he promises that his grace is also eternal (Philip 1:6-7)

God is showing me this message of the transforming power of His grace. I want to experience this grace; I want to give my EVERYTHING to my creator, my friend, my savior, my father! My passions are becoming more and more of what He desires for this world. I’m so eager to learn more and more about the Lord. I’m willing to give up everything that I am and everything that I have to live for him. And you know what, everything that I am and everything that I have are gifts from the Lord- there’s nothing to lose!

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2 comments

  1. Loved this blog! Thank you for sharing!


  2. congratulations for the important job you made in kenya, it’s very interesting in my opinion. Im curious too: may i see your killing chicken video?
    thanks and bye
    filippo



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