March 2024

March 2024

Happy March! 

Lent; a season of reflection and a time to pause. In a world where time is money and we are defined by tasks and accomplishments, the season of Lent reminds us where our focus should be. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:2 There are so many things in this world that draw our attention away from Jesus and what he did for us on the cross. My encouragement for you this Lent season is to pray for the strength and patience to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Every time you finish a task; thank God. Every time your boss congratulates you on work well done; thank God. Remember that we can do nothing without his love and the gifts we are all given. Blessings to you this Lent season

This month’s CAMM newsletter is written by Beth Evans, Nurse Advisor who recently participated in a short Medical Camp in Sagana, Kenya. This camp was made possible through the collaborative efforts of CAMM, the One Africa Team (OAT), Lutheran Congregations in Missions for Christ, along with the Kenyan government

Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of CAMM. 

God’s Blessing

Stephanie Otto
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Almost 3 years ago, Pastor Mark Anariko Onunda from Lutheran Congregations in Missions for Christ -Kenya approached OAT (the One Africa Team) and CAMM with a proposal to hold a week- long Medical Camp at a Lutheran congregation near the town of Sagana, Kenya. These medical camps are common in Kenya, and the government approves of them to reach people in rural areas with free screenings and medical care

The CAMM committee prayerfully considered and agreed to this, knowing that nothing should be done that would detract from the work we are doing at the Lutheran Mobile Clinic in Malawi or the Lutheran Mission Rural Health Center in Zambia. OAT was in favor, because Pastor Onunda’s main goal was to bring patients to the church by providing evangelists to lead devotions and share the gospel of Christ with people coming to the camp. With a generous grant from Christian Aid and Relief, the cost was covered. After almost a year of preparations by our Field Director Gary Evans, Pastor Mwangi, John Michoro and other leaders of the congregation at Karima Lutheran church, together with the Kirinyaga County Health Department, the four day camp became a reality from February 26-29th

Six volunteers from the CAMM committee arrived 4 days early to complete the work of sorting and organizing supplies and medications in the storage room and setting up the camp in a large field near the church, joining Gary and Pastor John Roebke. They met with key government staff to confirm what supplies were still needed and which services would be provided. Tents and toilets had already been installed. Volunteers from the congregation were available to help set up chairs, tables, hand washing stations and rope lines. Everyone worshiped together under one of the tents on Sunday prior to the start of camp. There was a sense of unity of faith and joy in the mission ahead

The government staff included Clinical Officers, nurses, nutritionists, laboratory technicians, a pharmacist, pharmacy techs, and record keepers. There was a truck in which women could be screened and even treated for cervical cancer. American volunteers assisted wherever they could, whether taking blood pressures, checking blood sugars, doing triage, weighing patients, finding equipment, running to the storeroom to bring medications to the pharmacy, placing garbage and sharps containers, and monitored the overall workflow. The church volunteers registered and numbered patients, directed them where to go, answered questions, emptied garbage, cleaned, translated the Kikuyu language, spent time talking with patients, led Bible studies, and hard-working women made traditional African food lunches for 70 people each day!

All patients were screened for hypertension and diabetes, and received nutrition advice, health education and medications as needed. 1400 patients were seen over the four days. One 12-year-old girl with a very painful ulcerated rash on her ankles for two years was finally treated with the correct antifungal and antibiotic medication, and follow-up was arranged. A woman who had dangerously high blood sugar but had not been taking medication for diabetes was treated with IV fluids and insulin. She could go home with oral medication and was taught how to change her diet to help keep her glucose levels down and follow-up at a local clinic. “Asante sana” (thank you very much) was heard often. We were told the community had benefited greatly from the camp, and the church leaders knew that there would be many new visitors to church the next Sunday.

Although the volunteers were tired, dirty and sensory overloaded at the end of each day, it was gratifying to know that it was mainly the Kenyan peoplesinitiative and efforts which made the camp happen. We were watching God’s plan unfold for people to hear about their Savior as well as having their health needs met. Will there be more Lutheran Medical Camps in Kenya? God- willing, yes. Meanwhile, our clinics in Zambia and Malawi continue to thrive.

Thanks be to God

Your sister in Christ

Beth Evans
CAMM Nurse Advisor

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