|Pam speaking to John and getting ready to clean his wound.|
Pam is a lady I had the opportunity to work with in my recent trip to Kenya. I am working with her, Dr. Just and Pastor David Chu Chu to implement water programs all over Kenya. She is a nurse and Deaconess with such an amazing heart to serve those in need. Here is a follow up on the condition of John. She was able to see him a third time before she left Kenya. Here is the writing from her blog.
Last night Dr. Just, Deaconess Agnes and I revisited John, the man with breast cancer.
We wanted to follow up on his pain and the effectiveness of the pain medicine we purchased for him.
his pain level was still very high and he expressed such frustration
with the local clinic “doctors” who tell him all that is wrong is that
he has a wound on his chest.
His left arm is so swollen that it is painful to even look at.
He said to us, “I am lying on this couch dying.”
“I am in so much pain and am so weak.”
that John is likely dying from breast cancer, and recognizing that
nothing is being done to help him, we decided to again utilize the
services of Pastor David Chuchu and arrange for John to see a private
Will this save his life? Not likely. Will it give
him comfort in knowing the truth and getting comfort care at the end of
Well, that is our hope.
As we were saying our good-byes, John prayed for our safe journey home.
He held our hands and said, “Thank you, sister. Thank you, pastor.”
said, “Thank you for allowing us to come into your home and be a part
of your life. Thank you for showing us Christ in your suffering.
Be blessed. Be at peace.”
the other great, wonderful news about this family is this—Carrie Beth
had decided this family should have a water filtration system and we
delivered one before she left Kenya.
We were able to talk to them about how it is working.
brought it out for us to see. They treat it like it is gold. After
using it at night---for John’s shower and wound care and drinking
water—they wrap it carefully in clean bags so it won’t get dirty.
are cleaning the filter every day and recognize the gift of having
clean water. They were so proud of this filter and so grateful.
So, once again, in the midst of sorrow there is great joy. -
|Showing John and his son how the water filter works.|