We went out a couple of weeks ago to meet some women who have recently joined the Tabitha bibles studies. I have been helping to write and teach the studies here at Tenwek with some of the study leaders, but it is so inspiring to see what is happening out in the villages because of God's Word. Truly amazing. When there is a chance to go out on those bumpy dirt roads to hear these stories, I jump at it!
This mama is Ruth. She welcomed us into her home and then told us her story.
She had been brewing alcohol her whole life to make money. Even the house we were sitting in, she said, she paid for by brewing. Her sister kept asking her to come to church with her, but she was not interested. About a year ago, her sister invited her to go to an event. A few ladies from a nearby bible study had memorized enough bible verses to earn a bible in Kipsigis. They were going to be receiving the bibles that day. She wasn't that interested, but she heard there would be white people so she decided to go and watch. When she saw the joy of the women who were getting a bible of her own, her life was changed. She had never seen that kind of joy before and she wanted what they had. That day she gave her life to Jesus.
With her children and grandchildren around her, she told us that she stopped brewing alcohol and decided to trust God to provide for her family. That was a year ago. After giving up her only source of income, her joy was evident that she found a God who provides and restores and redeems.
"I have chosen the Lord to be the Savior of my life." -Ruth
Today was one of the good days. Do you remember the post where we talked about the baby warmer? The money has been donated, the warmer has been purchased, carried over from the US and is now up and functioning. This morning a precious five month old was the first recipient of your generosity. Thank you for doing your part in caring for the young and the sick. We are so grateful. It was a good, good day.
Surgical team stopping for prayer before the case.
Photos taken with permission from parents. Not only did the parents agree to us taking photos during the case, but they were so, so grateful that their child could be taken care of with so well with this equipment.
Thank you all so much for making this possible.
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa