Saturday, February 4, 2017

Reflections on the Fall 2016 Mission - includes pictures!

Now that the holidays are over and things have settled down a bit, I've had some time to put our Fall 2016 Vision Clinic in Waithaka in perspective.  This clinic was done in cooperation with the ELCK and their church in the slum of Kawangware.  It is walking distance to the Kawangware church and many of the members of that congregation live nearby and are helping to plant the new church in Waithaka.  They have a new building that is being improved upon daily and are already worshiping more than 60 people on a given Sunday. In addition to our normal goal of spreading the Gospel to large numbers of people through the vehicle of the clinic, we also were interested in helping to get word out about the new congregation in the neighborhood.

We saw about 2800 people and we were blessed with good weather all week and the many experienced volunteers from Kawangware as well as dedicated new friends from Waithaka.  This was the smallest team of muzungus (white people) I had ever led.  There were only 3 of us from the States along with Gloria Sauck, our local missionary and good friend. The clinic worked very well because of the experience of our friends that we had served with many times before.

We had 82 people come to Christ as their Lord and Savior during the week and all were given a Gospel presentation in the evangelism tents and everyone was talked to about their spiritual lives and prayed over individually in the triage station.  The Holy Spirit will surely move in more lives that we may never know about.

I was blessed with being able to stay 2 extra day with Bill Goodoff from Salem Lutheran Church to do a lot of wildlife photography.  I got over 5000 photos in about 2 and a half days and am still working on them as I write this!  It was a great way to decompress after a hectic week at the clinic and I left for the U.S. completely relaxed for the first time ever.

I have published a photo album of the clinic at the following link.  A photo album of the best pictures from the wildlife safaris will be published soon and I will note it in this blog when it is done.

Fall 2016 Waithaka Clinic

Thanks everybody for continuing to follow our progress, pray for us and support our efforts as we work to obey the command of Jesus in the Great Commission to "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
To God be the Glory!