Clinics to care for every child in Kenya

Clinics to care for every child in Kenya

One Child Matters chartered two MAF Caravans to fly a medical outreach team of 18 people from Developing Workers to Lokori. They drove 25 km in a bus to Elelea and set up a makeshift clinic in the local church.

The plane ride saved the team a nine-hour drive. Joy Dirks, a volunteer with Developing Workers, reports.

Story by Joy Dirks. Photos by Samuel Pagel.

I enjoyed the experience of flying with MAF on our mission trip. MAF treated our team well and the flying experience was enjoyable.

We arrived at Wilson Airport early in the morning. I was tired. Reading a scripture verse on the wall in the waiting room reminded me why I was going out to serve people that I did not know. 

'MAF did an excellent job transporting us to a minister to a people that we could not have reached without them.' Joy Dirks

Checking in at Nairobi, we were able to get all our gear and people aboard. The pilots that I flew with both directions were a pleasure.

They prayed over our team before takeoff. I had never experienced that on an airplane before, and it was a pleasure.

We flew from Nairobi to Turkana. As I flew over terrain, I became aware of how isolated we would be. The landing on the dirt strip was like butter. The pilot did a fantastic job.

Developing Workers were busy during their time in Lokori. The team included different members to provide different types of ministry. 

There was pastoral staff to provide training to ministry leaders, and there were medical, psychological, and general support staff. We provided care through medical clinics which were open to both children and adults. 

Medical clinics are more than just medical clinics. In addition to providing basic medical care and medicine, patients also receive spiritual counselling in coordination with the local church. This allows for spiritual help to continue even after the team leaves.

Child safety initiative was another component of the clinic which screened for children at risk of abuse. Children of concern were noted for future help with a local child advocate to continue on after the team left.

 Basic medical care included not only medicine but vitamins and deworming for children with nutritional deficiencies. Medical clinics certainly cannot solve every problem, but we were trying to provide care for each person physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

As we were serving in an isolated part of Kenya, I was comforted by the fact that I knew MAF would be returning for us. When our pilot picked us up, he had a whole pre-flight briefing that made us laugh as we loaded into the plane. Although the planes we flew on were small, I never felt unsafe. MAF did an excellent job transporting us to a minister to a people that we could not have reached without them.

Thank you for a lovely experience.

One Child Matters

One Child Matters is a Christian missions organisation that exists to see the children of developing nations, who live in poverty, experience transformation and wholeness through God's love. To accomplish this goal, the organisation equips children in developing nations to reach their God-given potential by creating opportunities for spiritual, physical, social, mental and emotional development. One Child Matters is concerned about children who are hurting, because we not only believe in the words of Jesus, but also desire to obey them in bringing life to others.

'As we were serving in an isolated part of Kenya, I was comforted by the fact that I knew MAF would be returning for us.' Joy Dirks