MondayToday was the first day of the clinics. I was filled with anticipation not knowing what I was going to encounter. I’m not much of a medical person so my initial thoughts were: “Is there going to be blood everywhere?”…) That was not true. Though Katie did ask if I wanted to observe a minor removal of a skin growth. I politely declined.
The village in Bugesera named Kibenga was really beautiful. Built on rolling green hills with big banana trees sprouted everywhere. Little clay huts where sprouted up here and there alongside some small buildings. Africa New Life has placed a school there for babies through Primary 6A for the sponsored children. New Life Baptist church planted by Africa New Life meets the needs spiritually and physically of the locals in the village community. The church is currently building a brand new building to replace their tent that they have been meeting in.
We saw about 150-200 kids that day. Some of us were passing out water. Some were filling out forms. I found myself bringing kids into the medical staff to be seen. It was cool because we were working along side the local medical staff there. We saw all kinds of medical issues ranging from dental issues such as cavities, dehydration and skin issues like scabies. We were busy from 9am to about 4:45pm.
I’m beginning to learn in my short time here that God is bringing restoration and healing both spiritually and physically to the people of Rwanda through the power of the local church. ANL is really working to empower the local church to be the constant method of evangelism united with acts of compassion. Our team is just along for the ride.
Kenny Barrett - Team Member