Medical Relief

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week we were privileged to host 44 doctors, nurses and volunteers, led by Shauna King, from International Medical Relief. Their mission was to offer free medical services to Nairobi slum dwellers. In just 7 days they treated nearly 5,000 people!

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Waiting outside the clinic

This experience was both encouraging and shocking. Encouraging, in that so many people who could not afford adequate medical care were attended to. Yet shocking and sobering to realize the level of disease and infections that plague these populations. In addition to the easier-to-treat cases, IMR doctors pledged to provide heart surgery for a 3-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy who were diagnosed with terminal heart conditions; this was the first time their cases were even detected! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat equals saving lives.

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Triage before seeing the doctors.

About seven years ago, Shauna held the first of many medical camps in Kadawa, Western Kenya. The village was so desperately plagued with HIV and other diseases that a complete generation was nearly wiped out. The doctors mainly saw children up to age 14 – and their grandparents. Most children’s parents had died their houses knocked down.

IMR’s intervention – along with the ongoing work of Hesbone and Violet Odindo leading DOVE in that region – actually saved the village. Today, Kadawa is a thriving, vibrant home to many widows, orphans and young parents.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASlums of Nairobi are a much bigger challenge. Yet we believe that efforts such as those of the IMR team are not in vain. With God’s intervention and commitment from many who work together, we could very well look forward to a new day in the city slums.

Thank you, IMR, for this courageous step!

~ Ibrahim

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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2 Responses to Medical Relief

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  2. Nelson Martin says:

    It is a blessing to hear this story! The people who gave toward this medical ministry are a treasure! They demonstrated how God so graciously gives generously to anyone without requiring prerequisites or qualifications! As I read this, memories of my visit to Kibera came swirling into focus. Much prayer for those who the King has assigned as representatives!

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