Monday, February 26, 2007

Cairo: the 2nd day

Another late start that seems to have become the norm for Egypt. We got to the clinic, but waited on the interpretors and finally began seeing patients at 10am. By the end of day we had seen 300 patients, almost all adults as to compared to yesterday when we saw almost all childen. There were a lot of disease entities that we came across: more rheumatic fever, TB, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension and anemia. All the interpretors were medical again, both pharmacy and medical students. We finished the day seeing 300 patients and we've begun to run out of medicines. In just 2 days we've given out 10,000 vitamins, 400 doses of antibiotics, 200 doses of various skin medicines, and over 400 doses of upper respiratory tract medications. And that is just a small percentage of the total number of medications we've prescribed in just 2 days.

Every one of us has had a patient or more who has touched us. I had a 30 yo woman who came to me asking for help in having a boy child. She had been married at the age of 14 years and has 2 girls, one 14 years old and another girl who is now 4 years old. She has had 6 miscarriages, all during the 5th and 6th months of the pregnacies. 3 of those were male. When I asked her why she kept trying to have a baby after so many miscarriages, she said her husband made her because he wants a son. She is afraid to so no. I didn't have to ask her why she was afraid. I saw it in her eyes and on the bruises that she had. I had nothing to help her with. I asked her if she could leave her husband and she looked down and simply shook her head no. She is a coptic christain, and a member of a very low society and culture that is far removed from respecting women. Prayer, silent prayer, was all that was allowed. She would not pray with me and almost got up to leave when I offered. You wonder why people treat others the way they do. But I cannot judge, or so I am told. But I can sure ask the question....and maybe that is all that is needed for people to begin to judge themselves. I've been there. Judging one's self is a very hard thing to do...but in the end I believe we are better people because if it. I pray that that dear woman finds solace in the love of Christ's grace that I told her was hers, no questions asked.

In all things give thanks,

Cairo: the 4th day

Muslims came today. Word has spread and Nabil was asked if Muslims could come to the clinic or was it just for Christians. He said it was open to all. And they came. And they were witnessed to. And they listened. One Muslim girl who was 19 years old came over to the clinic from her sister's wedding that was taking place next door. She wanted to have fairer skin and to gain some weight. We told her she was beautiful just the way she was. We hope we shared some grace.

We saw 491 patients today. We are tired, some of us are under the weather with you-know-what, and cranky. But from the smiles we got, the kisses we received, the kneeling at our feet by the people we have come to serve, gives us the strength to go on one more day. It was a wonderful day...christians and muslims in the same room, knowing that our God has blessed us and this clinic for the people of "Garbage City."

In all things give thanks,

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Cairo clinic: the 5th day

The last day. 483 patients seen for a total of 2093 people seen, cared for, treated and shown His love. "Garbage City" was especially foul this last day, with the smell almost over powering and the dirt and dust causing many patients and many of us to wheeze and cough. We had an elderly man who had no breath sounds at all and was ready to collapse. Thankfully we had a nebulizer and broke him with some albuterol. Several patients just came to pray with us and many more came simply to tell us their story.

The medical clinic at the Joy School at Ezbet El Nakhel, "Garbage City", is a success. We built it, people came and will continue to come and it will serve His commands. After we leave the clinic will be staffed with an internist and a pediatrician every evening of the week from 5 to 9 pm. There will be ongoing medical and spiritual care for all who seek it. We are blessed to have been part of this great ministry.

In all things give rhanks,

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Cairo clinic: the 3rd day

Amazing! 450 patients in 6 hours. We were lucky to have 2 more doctors join us in the afternoon but space was at a premium. We saw more of everything: congestive hearr failure, urinary tract infections, cancer, TB, and on and on. The pharmacy ran like clockwork and the meds got replenished pretty quickly considering we had to send someone all the way to town to several places to get the meds.

A pregnant woman who wanted an abortion, changed her mind (thanks to Lisa). A woman with breast cancer told Troy she was ready to die: Christ was waiting for her. I had to break the news to a young mother that her 2 year old boy had cerebral palsy and would never be normal. She asked if it was because her cousin was the father. There many more stories, but the most touching story is that the love was shared, the grace was passed, and He was present. Tomorrow is another day.

In all things give thanks,


Monday, February 19, 2007

Cairo clinic: day 1

We were off to a late start as all our first days are, but once we got rolling we moved. We saw 368 patients from 10am until 5:30pm with a 45 minute lunch and devotional break. We had 7 medical students and 6 pharmacy students who came to work with us and to translate. We saw congenital heart disease, pyloric stenosis, and fetal distress, to name a few of the types of cases we saw. There were a lot of rickets and pneumonia cases as well. The team is holding up well and except for the traffic that literally takes up hours of time to just go few miles, all is well. Tomorrow is another day, another blessing, another opportunity to witness.

In all things give thanks,

Monday, February 12, 2007

Cairo...still testing...

We have less than 24 hours before we leave and there are issues brewing....none that can't be fixed, but irritating and obstructive nonetheless. Stay with us. Be with us. Pray with us.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Going to "Garbage City..."

We are leaving on Tuesday, Feb. 13th for Cairo, Egypt. 9 of us will be meeting up with Peter Omran and Nabil Farouk, to care for those who seek medical help in "Garbage City." The clinic is opened, the medications are ready, and we are packed. We have had meetings, discussions, emails, wringing of hands, prayer, and second thoughts...but He moves us, drives us, lifts us up....

Please be in prayer with us as we do His work: Troy, Lisa, Aimee, Kelly, Susan, Priscilla, Belinda, Stpehanie, Peter, Nabil, and I.

In all things give thanks,

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