Sunday, May 29, 2016- We Shall Overcome!
Our medical team finally arrived to our hotel a day late with excitement and fatigue! Prior to landing, we experienced two missed flights resulting from our initial delayed flight due to technical difficulties which included assisting in a in-flight medical emergency of a fellow passenger, one reroute to the Middle East, one lost luggage bag, and a 3 hour wait at the airport due to a traffic jams resulting from the South Korean president in town. After so many speed-bumps along the way, we began to just laugh and talk about all the exciting plans we had for the week. It gave us time to get to know each other more deeply and help plan the lessons and classes we were going to teach to the orphans. However, we were still exhausted and thanked the Lord we made it safely!
Monday, May 30, 2016 – A day of Preparation and Teaching
After eating a nice breakfast of sausage, potatoes, fruit, and devotions, we headed to Hands of Love Orphanage and School to provide teach to the orphans, house-moms, and teachers. I gave a talk to the house-moms and teacher on HIV education, Nick gave a talk to boys regarding Biblical Manhood, and Leigh spoke to young girls about women’s health. Each of us started off with sharing a little about ourselves including our testimonies. All three of us received so many questions that we ran over our prescribed times! After lunch, we met Hands of Love’s medical staff and planned how we would prepare and run the medical clinic. In addition, we received a review of common conditions found throughout Uganda, and oriented to the location where our medical care would be provided. We specifically prayed for the clinic, the children and that the Lord would be glorified throughout the week.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016- Being the Hands and Feet…
The mobile clinic is underway! An exam room, waiting room, triage room, and pharmacy is set up to provide acute care to the sickest of the sick. The orphanage has approximately 850 children, so the staff chose those who were the most ill. Leigh served as the nurse doing vital signs and patient histories with an interpreter. Nick was the acting pharmacist preparing medications and distributing them to the patients or house-moms with instructions. I was the provider along with an interpreter seeing approximately 50 children ages 3 to 16. Even with so many children, we prayed with each one providing encouragement, hope, and love. It was powerful indeed!
Wednesday, June 01, 2016- …to the Ends of the Earth.
We traveled over the River Nile to a very remote village north of Lake Victoria where Hands of Love’s second orphanage with over 800 children was located. I provided HIV education to the childcare workers and teacher, and Nick and Leigh spoke again to the boys and girls. Again, we shared our personal stories and a Biblical perspective on health and manhood.
Thursday, June 02, 2016- the Clinic…part 2.
Providing acute care to the sickest of the sick in Namadhi village. This time, we also handed out dental hygiene supplies including toothpaste, toothbrushes, and dental floss.
Friday, June 03, 2016- …all about relationships.
The time we had before our flight was precious. Rather than squeeze in as many children in the clinic as possible, we made sure that we spent plenty of time with each sick child addressing their needs and praying with each one. We got to know several of the children and made even more friends with the staff. It was most amazing to see what the Lord is doing in these children and staff. He is truly the Father to the fatherless and brings hope and strength to the weak and sick. His love is truly amazing and so are His children!