The 50th anniversary celebration of Tenwek hospital is this weekend. I find it so interesting that, just like Lakewood, Tenwek was founded in 1959. I also thought it quite amazing that the celebration was scheduled to begin on August 21—which is my Dad’s birthday. What an incredibly special day it was for me. Somehow I felt the approval of both my fathers—earthly and heavenly.
Last week we stopped by Mosop Orphanage and School to look at the progress of the new classrooms. It was so exciting to see what the generosity of others has accomplished. Over the last year we have been overseeing this project while in Kenya and while in the states we stayed in touch with the directors of this orphanage and school. Kislife leadership group, JLife, at Lakewood Church raised money to go toward this project with a Walkathon. With this money, Mosop was able to help complete the construction, finish the metal roofing, put in doors and windows and soon furnish it with new furniture. We loved the scriptures that were posted over every classroom. Please continue to pray for the directors, the teachers and the children at Mosop School.
I have been going up to the nursery when I can for the scheduled feeding times to help. During the feeding times the moms crowd into the already cramped space. Crudely made incubators, light bulb heating lamps and crates for beds fill the room. Part of the room holds criticall ill babies. It is very warm and has all of the usual smells of a nursery. No diapers. No bottles. Lots of crying. We all sit, the moms and myself, on the floor on stools and feed ‘our’ babies.
Baby Moses, who was found in a field, is doing well. He was full term and drinks his formula very well. Babies Ben and Caleb are bigger and stronger than their little sister. They drink their milk fairly well from the small medicine cup we crease into a funnel at feeding time. Little Lydia is struggling today. She is very frail and while we are giving the maximum feeding straight into her stomach through an NG tube , she is not gaining weight.
Today at the three o’clock feeding I held her tiny little body and as I slowly pushed her formula down, I prayed softly over her. I told her that you are praying for her too.
There are many orphans across this world. Many babies born sick and frail. We can’t hold them all. We can’t feed them all. But would you continue to pray for little Lydia, Ben, Caleb and Moses? And all the ones we don’t know by name. He knows their name. ~Jennifer
We are just about to wrap up our second week here and Sophie and Olivia have come up with their own project. The have recruited a few other missionary girls and formed Operation Kenya. Last year they were able to pay off a large bill for a small orphan boy who had been burned in a fire and was being raised by his Grandmother. Paul had cared for him and even their modest bill here at the mission hospital was far more than they would be able to pay. The girls earned enough money through baking to pay that bill. This year they have a goal to help five patients with their bill. They hope to put the money into The Needy Patient Fund at the hospital and find five families who cannot afford their care.
The girls baked and wrapped up their cookies and bars on Wednesday. Yesterday, with a wagon in tow, they went around to missionaries and visitors passing out treats for a donation to the fund. In just a few short hours they were sold out. Their plan is to do this once a week for the next few months until they have reached their goal.
The girls also have spread the word they would like to help with chores or babysitting while we are here also. I am so proud of them for being creative and looking for ways to be a blessing. Many wives of the physicians cannot get out into the community or help at the hospital because they have younger children so I know this will be help be a great help.
Here are a few pics of Operation Kenya. Jackson even contributed when he bought up some of the treats himself and then shared with some local children.
Please continue to pray for us. Georgia and I will be going out to the villages with Community Health on Monday and we all will be visiting one of the orphanages next week.