Kenya is now behind me, but the joy of my fruitful visit remains fresh in my mind. I followed up on dozens of projects, and results are encouraging. The opportunity to speak in 3 churches, spreading our Savior’s message of salvation, was amazing! Praise the Lord for opportunities to serve Jesus!
Below are just a few of the many testimonies we receive about lives being impacted and transformed by the Disabilities Ministry of Heaven’s Family.
Travel throughout Kenya has been fantastic (although my luggage was temporarily lost, requiring an extra day in Nairobi until it caught up with me). This afforded the opportunity to check in with Gideon, 20, who attends a technical school in Nairobi. The delay also precipitated the need for a 9-hour ride across Western Kenya in a “matatu”. A matatu is a small van, designed to seat 7, but crammed with 12 seats. It’s not fast, but it is very inexpensive, offering a wonderful opportunity to partake of the sites, sounds, and smells of the region (no A/C so I contributed to the aroma).
As I set out for a couple weeks in Kenya and Uganda I realize it has been 16 months since my last journey to East Africa. Not certain why that is…it’s a long flight, not fond of diarrhea and scabies, I miss my wife too much? Possibly, but most likely it’s the fact that it is easier to avoid the reality of hardship a big chunk of the world struggles with daily. Stuff I take for granted without concern.
From the time of its inception, the Disabilities Ministry of Heaven’s Family has worked diligently to provide medical assistance to disabled men, women and children in some of the world’s most impoverished nations. Many cultures around the world view disabilities as a punishment or a curse and disabled children are often abused and neglected. My heart breaks for them, as I know yours does too.
Did you know that an estimated 800,000 people are currently living with disabilities in Haiti? A community within Port Au Prince, the capital of Haiti, Cite Soleil (meaning city of the sun) is home to many disabled Haitians. The earthquake of 2010 may have long since been forgotten by the media and the rest of the world, but 7 years later Haiti is still picking up the pieces. There continues to be no running water in many areas and sanitation is practically nonexistent as sewage runs freely through the streets. Thousands of homes need to be rebuilt and only 28% of all individuals who were injured during the earthquake received medical treatment.