Today started with devotion and worship with our brothers and sisters at the Beacon Medical Clinic and vocational school. They have extended such a warm welcome to us, and it was a blessing to spend time in the word with them.
After devotion, some of our team members peeled off to continue sorting, dosing, and packing medications for tomorrow’s clinic. Other members, including our resident artist, Chantel Warman, and a few of our students began work on a requested mural wall in the birthing center. This is one of several murals they have been asked to complete during our time here. Our team members bring such a variety of skills and gifting, and it has been so beautiful to see that play out in our service here.
The remaining members of the team paired up with Beacon social workers to visit the homes of their sponsored children. These visits allow us to leave the sanctuary of the Beacon Campus and enter into the day-to-day reality and living situations of the children and families we have chosen to invest in through our sponsorship. For me, and I daresay the others who ventured out today, the experience leaves me feeling such a myriad of emotions. I am humbled and grateful, but also heartbroken and filled with a desire to do more. Their circumstances are not easy, and their resources are limited, yet they welcome us with smiles, and they offer us such gracious hospitality. They express bountiful thanks for the small role we play in sponsoring their children. (*If you have ever wondered about this program and the partnership that CHBC has with Beacon Academy, please ask one of our team members when we return. It is such a worthy investment.)
After a busy morning, several of us enjoyed a little downtime at recess with the primary school students before coming together this afternoon to meet with medical clinic leadership for a run through of our camp plans for tomorrow. This first camp will be held here on the grounds at Beacon of Hope and has been well advertised to the surrounding communities. In partnership with our Kenyan colleagues, we hope to offer free treatment for 300-500 patients. These free clinics often draw patients who might not otherwise seek treatment, and they provide an awareness of the services offered by the low-cost clinic that operates here every day. Please pray for the Lord to go before us in all of the logistics of the camp operation, and pray with us that we will minister well, both physically and spiritually, to each of the patients we encounter.