Various dates, April 2011
By: Angie Simon/L. Butler
Even though our team has returned home, the love and blessings lavished on our African friends continues on in our absence. We had so many team members giving so much of themselves in so many different places during our visit, that it was hard to keep track of everyone and the wonderful outreaches they were participating in. So………….here are a few more to share with you.
On Wednesday, April 13th, about 7 of our team members from Church of Joy visited the village of Sabinga. They delivered 3 sewing machines – no small feat to transport this incredibly simple, but life-changing equipment to these precious and eager villagers – as well as a HUGE box of medicine ($400 worth in American money which buys an enormous amount of goods in Africa). Pastor Isaiah greeted them with a warm smile and such love. He gave them a tour and showed them the 3 primitive rooms (P1,2 and 3) where the overflow of children meet when needed. P4, 5, 6 and 7 meet under the trees in good weather and in the church when it rains. The African children are so happy to just get to attend school that they willing endure classes outside. They also saw the medical center, one of the best and most efficiently run centers in all of the outreach churches. They have served 1,426 outpatients and over 300 patients have stayed overnight in the small room they provide. The generous supply of medication delivered from Church of Joy will help supplement their meager amount of malaria medication – which can mean the difference between life and death for many children and weakened adults.
On Sunday, April 10th, the availability of reading glasses was announced after church and 75 pairs were given away in less than 2 hours. The reading glasses project has handed out over 650 pairs of eye glasses to True Vine, Smile Africa and various outreach villages. The team left 132 pairs to be distributed by the medical staff at True Vine. In November 2009, only 13 pair were not given out. What an amazing donation to give the gift of improved sight to our brothers and sisters half way around the world so their daily lives can be that much brighter.
Thank you so much to all of our creative, resourceful, generous, kind and loving team members who gave so much of themselves and their resources to their African family. You are the BEST!