Trip 16, Update 4, Eyeglasses and Projects

Today was Reading Glass ministry day.  The team organized a way to fit 242 people with the proper strength reading glasses.  It is such an easy way to make a big impact on people….restoring their ability to read for just $1 and some time.  Most of these glasses were donated by the kind people at RestoringVision.org

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Julia Adhiambo.  Age 41.  I can now read books and my Bible much better.

 

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Emanual Emusolo.  Age 56.  I am a teacher.  These glasses will help me a great deal in teaching and studying.  I have a hard time reading in dim light.  I like to read my Bible and this will be a big help.

 

Eldon, Tony, Ed and their helpers completed a project to run water to the LSA school for drinking and hand washing.  A drinking fountain was made.  Tables and cabinets for the school as well.

And some cool chairs by Eldon and Phyllis Yoder.

Trip 16, Update 3, LSH

Day 3 of the Liavo Medical Mission Clinic was completed with the largest number of people served yet, 330.  The 3 day totals are 660 patients seen, 156 cases of Malaria treated, 55 tooth extractions, and the rest of the people were seen with Pneumonia and other general ailments.  The project took 5 paid Kenyan medical professionals, 15 volunteers from the local church, a large amount of medicine and tests, some brought from the US and some purchased in Kenya, planning by MSM’s Tony Yoder and LSH’s Dr. Ben, the MSM team on the ground, and only roughly $4,000 to bless and relieve pain in over 600 people.  Praise God!

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Tony and pastor Ken of the Liavo Bible church are sharing with the church volunteers the significance of how they joined in with Jesus’ work, loving and caring for the needy and suffering….the Gospel in action.  This helps the church be relevant to the community when they next share the good news of God’s plan of love and redemption.

 

 

Concurrently many of the team have been presenting a Bible program to the 130 students at the Lord’s Servants Academy on the Armor of God.  They are using puppets, crafts, and skits and everyone is really enjoying it.

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Trip 16, Kenya and Uganda, Update 2, Medical Outreach for Liavo

Today was day 1 of a planned 3 day medical outreach for the Liavo community that surrounds the Lord’s Servants Home (LSH) orphanage.  15 members of the Liavo Bible Church (LBC) volunteered and 2 local doctors joined our Dr. Ben in serving.  Screening for Malaria and other illnesses were performed on 130 people.  Medicine and encouragement was provided, much of it brought from the US and the rest locally.  A larger number is expected tomorrow and Wednesday.  We will fit and distribute reading glasses on Thursday.  We hope to show the community that we care about them… as evidence that God does also.

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Dr. Ben

On our way Home. Blessed Trip.

We’ve completed our work in Kenya and Uganda and are on our way home.  We are in Nairobi now and leave tonight for Brussels then Sunday for the USA.  It’s been a good trip and we are all feeling that God blessed us by putting us in position to impact people.

Besides our project work and efforts with the children at the Orphanages, School, and Churches which all went well, Dr. Randall and assistants Cheryl and Greg screened a few hundred people for eye health and blood pressure, correcting issues with reading glasses and advice and referring them to sources of help.  Randall helped me pull teeth from 6 people in Uganda that were in severe pain, and I even was in the right place to take 2 people to the hospital who just had a motorcycle-automobile accident in Kitale.

God is Good.  Thank you for your prayers!  I look forward to updating everyone better when I get back next week.

Unengaged People Group … the Kenyan Teso

This is a neat story of some work for the Gospel made possible by God connecting a lot of different people…….I love seeing how God works.

A friend of mine, Randy, was investigating the ethnicity and language data available on the people in western Kenya, near the LSH orphanage and he noticed a people group named that Teso that existed along the Ugandan / Kenyan border, southwest of Kitale, the region where the LSH orphanage is.  On the Ugandan side, they are well engaged with the gospel, have a complete Bible and many churches. The data shows that the Tesos of Kenya are only marginally engaged with the gospel.  It seemed ideal that the Ugandan Teso could be helped and encouraged to evangelize their Kenyan relatives.

Questions were asked of Pastor Moses and The Lord’s Ministries (TLM) group that we work with in Kenya about this apparent opening for the Gospel and it was investigated.  Pastor Moses’ associate Pastor Ben visited the border town of Malaba and he met Pastor Godfrey of the Portable Bible Center (PBC).  Pastor Godfrey is a Ugandan Teso who moved across the border to Malaba and established the PBC in Malaba with a mission to train Pastors to reach the Kenyan Teso people.

We met Pastor Godfrey and several students of the PBC during our recent mission trip as we were traveling from Kenya to Uganda.  There are fledgling churches among them established in the past few years of effort.  They are a determined and passionate group.  Pastor Ben, from Kitale, Kenya has been led to adopt the Teso as his mission.  He will work to encourage and help them.  I hope that we can help in some way, possibly providing digital audio media and printed tools through Pastor Ben to help the PBC reach the unreached Kenyan Teso.

“…….I established  there are many  people  who have  a  zeal  for  the   gospel.  This was from  the way I  was received  and  found   out  from  a number  of   Pastors  around.    In   conclusion   brother,  there   is  a   great   task   ahead.    God   bless  you,          Brother Ben – Kenya TESO MISSIONARY”

From Wikipedia….In Uganda, the Teso live mainly in Teso sub-region, i.e., the districts of Amuria, Soroti, Kumi, Katakwi, Ngora District, Serere District, Pallisa, Bukedea and Kaberamaido, as well as Tororo District and Busia District. They number about 3.2 million (9.6% of Uganda’s population). Until 1959, they were the second largest ethnic group in Uganda.  As of 2002 they were the fifth largest.[2]  The Teso in Kenya, numbering about 279,000, live mainly in Busia District, Teso District.[3]  Teso traditions relate that they originated somewhere in what is now Ethiopia and migrated south West over a period of centuries.[4] They were part of a larger group of Nilotic peoples who migrated from Sudan in several waves.  A splinter of this group later formed a branch called the “Karamojong Cluster” or Ateker.  The Ateker further split into several groups, including Jie, Turkana, Karamojong and Teso.[5]  The Teso established themselves in present-day north-eastern Uganda, and in the mid-18th century some began to move farther south. During the course of this latter migration, conflicts ensued with other ethnic groups in the region, leading to the split of Teso territory into a northern and southern part. In 1902, part of eastern Uganda was transferred to western Kenya – leading to further separation of Teso.[4]

Please pray with us for Pastor Godfrey, Pastor Ben, and the Teso people.

Men from the Teso

Men from the Teso at the PBC

Showing the Jesus film as an example of media technology available in Ateso language.

Showing the Jesus film as an example of media technology available in Ateso language.

Greg and Pastor Moses giving a message to the Teso Pastor Trainees

Greg and Pastor Moses giving a message to the Teso Pastor Trainees