Friday, April 17th, 2015
The sun is peeking through the trees as it begins to rise on this beautiful, clear morning. Today will be our last day of Medical Ministry Camp. The team has worked so hard this week; we are tired and have been stretched in many ways. We have been praying for today, that we would be able to see all the people that need medical care, that the sickest would be seen first and not have to wait in the hot sun, and that each person that comes through Medical Ministry Camp would feel the love of Jesus Christ and have the opportunity to make a decision for Him.
Each day of Medical Ministry Camp has been going well. We have stayed busy throughout the whole day, as the line of people never seems to dwindle. Our team has worked extremely well together, and it has been such a joy to work alongside of these incredible people!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the flow of medical camp, here is a breakdown of what each patient goes through as they walk through our doors:
Registration: One of our team members gets some basic information about the person, such as name, gender, and date of birth.
Intake: This is where we get the person’s vitals, including heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature. We ask a few questions regarding their medical history as well as if they have been tested for HIV/AIDS.
Doctors: This year, we have four doctors who are seeing these people and prescribing necessary medications.
Pharmacy: All of those pills that we have been packaging into the little bags? All those bags are organized into slots in metal cases, and this is where those prescriptions are given to the patient. The bags are alphabetized and separated between pills and syrups. This system makes it pretty quick and easy to find exactly what is needed. We also have implemented bar coding this year. Before the patient receives his/her prescription, one of our team members scans the patient record form, the doctor that saw the patient, the diagnosis, and the medication label. The information is transferred onto the computer or iPad. Eventually, API plans to use this program as a complete medical record system for several medical clinics that API supports in Kenya. Alex, one of the team members, has spent numerous hours creating this program. API is extremely grateful for all of his hard work and dedication to what he has put into this program! Thank you so much, Alex!
Reading Glasses: We have a two cases full of reading glasses. We have sheets of paper with bible verses in different size lettering, so we can accurately determine what prescription the patient needs. It is so fun to watch a patient try on different glasses until they find the one that helps them read the smallest print. A huge smile spreads across their face, and they become so excited that they will be able to read again.
Lab: George is the boss in the lab. He is a lab technologist and has worked in many clinics. He is incredible and has so much knowledge! Usually, someone from our team is in the lab as well to help him. They give injections, dress wounds, and have the equipment to run various lab tests from urine and blood.
Dental: Ezequiel has been very busy seeing dental patients. He is able to pull teeth, fill cavities, provide basic cleaning, and educate patients about the importance of dental hygiene. Unfortunately, there are way too many people for just one dentist to handle. By Wednesday afternoon, we were telling the patients to come back on Friday to be seen because he already had so many people waiting for the rest of the afternoon on Wednesday and all of Thursday. If you are a dentist and are interested in coming on a future trip, the need is great!
After the patient has received his/her medication, someone is waiting to evangelize and pray with the patient as he/she leaves. It is incredible to listen to the stories and the prayer requests of these people. It is such a privilege to be able to pray with them and explain to them how much God loves them and cares for them. Often times, you can see the stress and anxiety dissipate as you share the Good News. These people are desperate for something bigger than themselves and are very receptive to the Gospel.
The team is ready, and it looks like it’s time to load up the vehicles! Would you join us in prayer for our last day of Medical Ministry Camp?
Sending love back to all of our family and friends!