Greetings from the LSU/SHIP team in Kenya!
Today is our last day at the ICODEI compound at Kabula, Bungoma County, Western Kenya. We went “not far” down the road to Bulimbo, a revisit to the unfinished clinic building in the Malandisia neighborhood. The building was unchanged, in spite of the local promises of a completed building.
Organization was a bit lacking with Mama Joyce in Nairobi, and only a few patients showed up for our clinic. Some members of the team took the opportunity to organize the pharmacy. We ended up with 20 patients seen, and came home early to pack.
The rest of the afternoon has been spent relaxing in the shade, playing ping-pong, and watching the weaver birds begin nest-building in one of the large trees in the compound.
Time to go home. A bit bittersweet, as I look forward to being with friends and family at home, but I will miss our friends and family here in Kenya. I will miss awakening to the rooster crowing and the sound of the community water pump outside my window. I will miss the amazing breakfast of fresh mangoes, bananas and papayas. I will miss the camaraderie of the team of US volunteers and Kenyan healthcare workers and translators who have bonded into a cohesive unit (if not a well-oiled machine). I will miss chai time in the evenings, and the lively discussions at dinner.
The LSU/SHIP team came to Kenya to provide needed healthcare to a grossly underserved people, and we have done that within our limitations. We also came to learn, and the Kenyan people have taught us not only about tropical medicine in a third world country, but about tenacity and perserverence in the face of adversity and a hostile environment as well.
For me, this adventure was also about sharing the love of Jesus Christ in Kenya. I pray that I have done that to the best of my ability. The Gospel is shared widely in Kenya by Kenyans as well as missionaries; I see my job as demonstrating the love of my fellow man that Jesus taught. And I give all the glory to my Heavenly Father, lest I do anything for the praise of others.
Please pray for our team as we began the journey home tomorrow (it is a bit far!). We will drive to Kisumu, then begin our flight, with stops in Nairobi, Amsterdam, and Atlanta, and arrive in Shreveport (Monroe for Dr. Don) Saturday night.
Asante sana for all your prayers and support!