Tenwek Hospital

Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
Trip End Feb 20, 2010

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We did not have a chance to report on our visit to see Dr. Chuck and Amy Bemm, missionaries from ACAC to Tenwek Hospital in the village of Bomet, west Kenya.  The Bemms have been there for more than five years, and Chuck serves as pediatric physician at the hospital and Amy is the social worker. 

We were all impressed with the work that the Bemms are doing.  They have made some progress in speaking the local language (which is Kipsigis, said like Portuguese, kip-si-guese), are dedicated to the hospital work (Tenwek is the largest teaching hospital in Africa), and are reaching out to the surrounding community to establish and support orphanages and spread the gospel. Amy and her four children ate with our team every evening and were available to anything they could to make our visit comfortable and effective.

Our teams went out every day to local schools and orphanages as teams -- athletic, academic, crafts and Bible.  The athletic team was the busiest and probably the most popular, although daily rain did cause some problems.  Pastor Stanko and O'Dell Merryman went out to conduct a pastor's seminar for three days, so they went their separate way while the teams did their work.

We stayed at the Greenhouse on the hospital campus, where Paul cooked for us every day.  We stayed two-to-a-room where there were two sets of bunk beds in each room, both covered with a mosquito net.  We showered daily using an ingenious yellow bucket with a faucet/shower head.  We got a bucket of hot water from the water tank, emptied it into the shower bucket, raised it up with the rope provided and then had to finish our lather and rinse before the water ran out.

We spent five nights in the Greenhouse before we took the five-hour drive back to Nairobi, where we stayed at the Hilton until we left for the airport to catch our flight home.  So we had the experience of eating the good restaurant food at the Hilton, but then ate out of a pot in the church in Bomet prepared by the church women on an open fire.  All in all, we had a wide variety of experiences on our trip and they were all good! 

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