Why?

Why go on a medical mission…..?

 

 

PEACE

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4-9‬ NIV)

Long Flight, Lots of Plans, Equipment, Risks to be Managed:

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Thika River With A Little Water After Drought:

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LOVE

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭1-8, 10-13‬ NIV)

Mitchell with a patient:

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STEWARDSHIP

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭14-40‬ NIV)

Streets of Kibera, largest slum in Kenya:

(Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa  per https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibera )

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FRAILTY OF LIFE

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭1-14‬ NIV)

Baby Dominic in the NICU, Nairobi:

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HAVING MERCY

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭30-37‬ NIV)

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End of Trip Blog Entry

MCF 2017 End of trip Blog

By God’s grace…

We did it!

Our mission is completed!

The last 2 weeks just flew by!

Months of preparations have been realized!

22 Team members… now en route home or other places.

What did we accomplish?

Let’s reflect:

GOALS/OBJECTIVES:

1. Attend Mully Children’s Family and run a “medical camp” over a two week period.
Setup and provide a medical walk in clinic, diagnosis, and medicines.

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2. Transport other donations to MCF.

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THINGS ACHIEVED/COMPLETED:

A. Our team of 22 people of 1 doctor & 6 nurses and other students/professionals attended on their own, unpaid time to volunteer. We had to work with what was available and bring or buy whatever else we needed.

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B. We continued to develop a great relationship with MCF staff.

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C. Dr Charles Mulli was there several times to meet, share and dine with us.

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D. We worked well with 2 local Kenyan doctors (who are in fact 2 MCF Beneficiaries that have now graduated and are working as doctors/medical officers in hospitals – selected leaders) and 4 Clinical Officers (like doctors, can see/treat/diagnose/prescribe meds).

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E. We purchased an additional $9,000 CDN worth of necessary meds from local Kenyan pharmacies as needed. (Some of these are not readily available in Canada)

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F. We worked a full 7.5 full days of clinic, and we saw and treated 2567 patients, and provided deworming medicine for all of them.

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G. We DIAGNOSED and/or TREATED cases of:
– fungal infections
– open cuts, infections
– pregnancies detected
– brucellosis
– typhoid
– epilepsy
– dog bite
– diagnosed 2 large tumour/masses and referred
– HIV
– extremely high blood sugar… DKA
– foot cancer
– uterus cancer
– meningitis
– eye problems

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H. We provided a years supply of epilepsy meds to 4 needy people.

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I. We saved a 5 day old baby Dominic’s life through diagnosis, iv fluids, referral and transport to a hospital 2.5 hours away. He is now recovering well, breastfeeding, out of the Neonatal ICU. His mother is very appreciative.

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J. We dealt with a potentially life threatening case of diabetes

K. We saw and diagnosed and provided transport and ultrasound services to a needy elderly patient, helping to diagnose her.

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DONATIONS WE DELIVERED:

L. We brought approximately $200,000 of medicines, vitamins, donated by HPIC (Health Partners International of Canada).
We also gave away 110 knitted HPIC “Izzy dolls”.

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M. We brought sixteen 50 lb boxes of medical equipment donated by NJT (Not Just Tourists-Toronto).

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N. We brought toothpaste and toothbrushes for over 300 people, donated by nurses at the Scarborough Grace NICU unit:
– 248 toothpaste
– 287 toothbrushes
– 432 floss packets

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O. We delivered 19 high quality refurbished lenovo laptops.

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P. We delivered a total of 6 hockey bags of donated clothing items: knitted items, bras, undergarments, knitting supplies, books, donated by Beth Colle, Elizabeth Wray & Al/Cathy Snowball & their associates.

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Q. We delivered a full large suitcase of soccer jerseys, shorts, socks donated by Markham Soccer Club.

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R. MCF Canada Board-member Stuart was involved in a program of strategy, audit of management/reporting systems with MCF accounting and management staff.

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S. The John Maxwell Leadership Course Level 2 was completed for 13 students ages 17-35 (including several teachers, social workers). They each got a certificate which means a lot to them.

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T. Three high-school students got their high-school volunteer hours paperwork signed off.

U. All participants received a signed letter of appreciation from Dr Charles Mulli.

INTANGIBLE BENEFITS:

V. Love and care to MCF Orphan rescue beneficiaries and staff and surrounding community.

W. Personal learning and impact for the rest of our team members’ lives.

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X. We got to share about MCF with all our family, friends and supporters.

Y. We built wonderful new friendships that will continue at our next reunion.

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Z. Several team members are already considering returning for future medical mission teams to MCF.

What a trip of a lifetime!

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Friday July 28, 2017.

On Friday we had a busy day of tourism.

A welcomed little break and a day’s reward for all the hard-work of an incredible group of team members.  Most of the team only met for this mission and never knew each other before.  All “working for free”, using two precious weeks if summe-time, school holidays, or on booked vacation time from work.

Selfless.  Dedicated.  Focused. Team-players.

 

Team members that wanted to, visited the following: (at our own cost)

– Nairobi National park on a short driving safari where we saw a huge variety of wild animals in their natural habitat, with the skyline of Nairobi in the back ground.

(We saw rabbits, lions, zebras, water-buffalos, a vulture, rhinos, a hippo, gazelles, ostritches, giraffes, a heart-beast, orangutangs, baboons.)

– Several shopping markets.

– The Elephant Orphanage, supporting baby elephants orphaned by poschers/hunters.

– The Girraffe Centre.

 

Circling back… on the way to the guest house to pickup our baggage, we drove through “Kibera”, the huge slum district of Nairobi.

This was a poignant reminder of the poor, needy that live in the marginalized neighbourhoods of Kenya, who MCF seeks out to rescue.

Beyond words.

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A reminder of why we came.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibera

 

 

WED JULY 26, 2017.

WED JULY 26, 2017.

Today is our last clinic day!

We had a moderately busy day.

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A couple of local village schools sent their children over for treatment.

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Afterwards, we packed up our clinic.

After packing up our clinic, we were asked to give out all the knitted hats, sweaters, ponchos and dolls. This was one of the most joyful moments of the trip.

Starting with the youngest… they came grade by grade… until we ran out.

They came dressed in very modest clothes that consisted of donated and worn clothes.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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They left with colourful toques, sweaters and ponchos that were knitted with love. Surprisingly, 6 hockey bags of clothing went a very long way. We likely dressed approximately 150 children.

We were asked to attend the church hall for a brief presentation before dinner.

To our surprise, the MCF staff and children treated us to a fantastic show of a lifetime!

This was their message of appreciation for our assistance in setting up the medical camp here at MCF.

The following were performances we were blessed with by the MCF children and staff:

– MCF Mission choir,
– MCF Dancers,
– MCF Karate team,
– MCF Acrobatic team,
– MCF African drummers,
– MCF pastor and MCF Social worker Tom closed off the night’s events.

The shows were so high energy, powerful, and so impressive that many cellphones were out filming. A couple of people were disappointed because they ran out of memory capacity on their phones and wanted to film more. All including the MCF children in the audience were standing on their seats to watch the energized show.

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Then Tom gave our team members a chance to say “see you soon” & “see you later” but not “goodbye” … “because we are now friends, and friends do not say goodbye”.

 

We had a lovely dinner of chicken, eggplant on rice with a taste of local Kenyan Del Monte juice. Delicious!

We then retired to bed.

Tomorrow morning we have an early breakfast 7am and we depart at 8am for our drive to Nairobi for the day.

We can hardly believe that our mission is now completed. One and a half weeks have gone by so quickly!

Exactly 2567 patients served! Wow!