Pam and I had just returned home after spending a rare two hours of private conversation together. The first honking horn was a phone call from Pastor Robert telling us that he was with a 2 year old with a serious leg problem ... and "would the doctors from America be able to see him?" Then it was a young woman who works at the maximum security prison, a friend of mine, who showed up, with her marriage in crisis. Soon after a business lady from town arrived to request ... "could the medical team PLEASE come to the village where she is working to bring the Gospel?" Then a text arrived on my phone. "Would you plz be my friend?" Then another text .. from my attorney ... "I should be there in 20 minutes." Then a Muslim friend showed up on the veranda with his son who was sick.
A quick call to the medical team assured me that they would be back soon from their tour of the Source of the Nile and boat ride on Lake Victoria. The medical issues would have to wait until they arrived.
|Little William with his hopeful grandmother|
The Medical Team arrived and the leader listened to the appeal of the business lady for them to come to her village. He and the team agreed that they would give their next Sunday ... and made her VERY happy.
Slowly, the intersection began to see some open space. The two year old was examined by the medical personnel and they discovered he had a life threatening issue. I dropped Peter and Edgar at the radio station for the GENERATION 784 program on the way to the hospital.
|Saving a life ... hoping to save a leg|
And this is a pretty normal pattern for the Medical Team who is here from the United States. Their coming to help brings so much hope to those they provide free medical diagnosis and often treatment. They are seeing things they have never seen before. And, maybe things they would never encounter in America. Occasionally they don't like the reality that there is nothing they can do for the patient ... but, we remind them that just giving these people, so many of them forgotten and neglected, some focused attention and a personal touch and compassion brings them HOPE.