Thursday, June 1, 2017
Thursday surpassed all expectations
A little more about last night’s dinner at Pampa. Catherine’s son Eugene has always been able to outlast all comers at any “all you can eat” affair that I’ve seen him at. Last night, he met his match. The new world champion is Ben Westergren. After all of us had surrendered by turning our green chip in front of our plates over to red, Ben was still sampling everything that was offered to him. We thought it was hilarious, because got the kids half price deal and buried the rest of us. The restaurant lost that bet because It was just short of unbelievable. We all had a lot of fun with it and the conversation around the table was wonderful all night.
We breakfasted and left about 20 minutes later than usual this morning because there was absolutely no traffic, on foot or vehicular, to be seen. It was the easiest ride to and through the slum of Kibera that I had ever experienced. We didn’t know whether we would have a big day or if people might be doing other things on their holiday. It was the former, we served 667 people before it was all over, with 23 new believers coming to Christ today. Thank you, Jesus! Just like yesterday, it was a steady flow of people, we never got a chance to really catch our breath. We do rotate from one station of the clinic to another, because some jobs are standing and some are sitting, some are repetitive, while others, like triage, involve staying engaged in conversation with our patients, so you need to be attentive at all times.
I was called out of the clinic to meet with Bishop Bakari near one of our evangelism tents. He was sitting with an 18 year old guy that had obvious problems with his eyes. It turns out that he has keratoconitis, a condition where the eyes become more and more shaped like the end of an American football. We have had luck referring boys less than 10 years old to a clinic for treatment, but the older ones sometimes can only get partial treatment or hard contact lenses that temporarily push the eyes back into shape. He had gone to one of the clinics we use without the benefit of being connected to Vision for Africa, our project and was told it would be at least $2000 per eye. It might as well be a million dollars. I worked with our doctors and they feel they can get the price down to possibly $600 per eye. In these cases, we typically agree to pay a portion and ask that the family and community fundraise for the rest. It has worked out well almost every time and it results in more people have skin in the game and actively praying for a good outcome. I will follow up and report on how things go.
This afternoon, Joseph and Wayne from Waithaka came in to have a follow-up visit for Wayne after his successful surgery after our clinic there last November. He was the young boy that had a hole in his left eye tear duct that resulted in a chronic dry eye condition. I’ve posted pictures in the past of him before and just after his surgery. It was a joy to see them both again, and Wayne is just fine now. I’ve been in contact with Joseph, the father, by email since we first met. Another thank you, Jesus!
We have a big day tomorrow, probably 500 or so patients before we must begin packing up the clinic and having one final devotion with the Kibera volunteers. We have prepared diploma quality certificates of appreciation for them and will award them individually. The recognition goes a long way with the younger volunteers. In the past, many have framed them and put them on their walls. We will say our goodbyes through laughs and tears and will spend our last night at Rosa Mystica.
Saturday, we will be going to the Nairobi National Game Park for a photo safari including a stop at the Elephant Orphanage. Next will be a nice lunch at the Veranda, a wonderful outdoor dining experience, and finally we hope to get to feed the Giraffes at another attraction. More to come as time permits. Thanks for following our adventures and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!