Thankful for MMT's
Our East Africa field hosted the last team of the year, one final Mercy Medical Team. The team served the Maasai people in Lenkishon. The Maasai live a nomadic life, which means they move from place to place with their animals. They rely on their animals for food (including milk, meat and animal blood) and walk for many miles with their animals to find fresh food and water. Maasai men herd cattle and carry spears to protect their cattle from wild animals such as lions. The Maasai women are responsible for cooking, collecting sticks for the fire and building the home.
Because many of the people had to walk, some great distances to get to the clinic, we had the opportunity to visit a few of the homesteads as people made their way. The Maasai live in shelters called manyattas which are built from sticks, mud and dung. Maasai homes do not have windows or chimneys so it is dark and smoky inside. Animal skins are laid on the floor and are used for warmth. We had the opportunity to visit several manyattas, sitting inside with the ladies of the home, talking with them and praying for their families. I enjoy being able to see how people live and taking the time to be in community with them. I am thankful to God for the diversity and uniqueness of the many tribes of people where I serve.
During the week of the clinic the team worked alongside Kenyan doctors, nurses, pharmacists and community health workers treating general ailments, eye conditions and malnutrition. Most importantly the American and Kenyan pastors and evangelists shared the Gospel with all who came. They also took the time to pray with those who had special prayer requests. The love of Christ was evident in all who were there to be the heart, hands and feet of Christ to the Maasai. My fellow missionary reminded me that we treat, but God heals.
I am thankful for all of the volunteers who served on a Mercy Medical Team this year in Eastern and Southern Africa. Because of you, thousands of people received medical care in areas that are underserved and the Gospel of Christ was heard by many. I thank God for those who came to a saving knowledge of Christ because of the MMT. Thank you for giving of your time, talents and love.
Thankful for Co-workers in Christ
I am thankful to God for my fellow Co-wokers in Christ as we serve together in His mission. Missionary life is very rewarding and we get to share the love of Christ in many ways through different ministries. Missionary life is also very challenging and some days are difficult. Knowing that I have colleagues to share this life with makes it easier. We are family in the body of Christ and family to each other when we are far away from our biological families.
This month I had the pleasure of leading field orientation for new missionaries on the field, the Kuddeses, the Wolfs and Molly Christensen. This is a time to learn from fellow missionaries about life in your host country and how to navigate through the culture. We shared stories about learning the hard way about the do's and don'ts of everyday life as expatriates. The wonderful thing about being part of this missionary family is that we get to celebrate birthdays and holidays together. We recently celebrated Thanksgiving together and for those new to the field I'm sure that it helped to fill the void of missing family and friends. We spent the day in fellowship over a lovely meal and ended with a service led by Rev. Clausing.
Thankful for faithful supporters
I am thankful to God for all of you who have been on this journey with me. I remember asking some of my closest friends to pray with me about my heart's desire to serve the Lord as a missionary about 10 years ago. I have been faithfully serving the Lord for 7 years in Africa. So, I thank God for everyone who has thought of me and still thinks of me, who prays for me, who encourages me, who loves me and who financially supports me.
I appreciate your trust in God and decision to support me and join me on this amazing journey. My heart is filled with gratitude for all that you mean to me and for helping make this ministry possible. I am glad that the Lord brought you into my life, and I am thankful for your continued support. As we say in swahili, "Asanteni sana na Mungu awabariki." (Thank you all very much and God bless you all)