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Tanzania 2015 Trip

There's Just Something About This Trip....

Mari Beth Poor

There is just something special about this trip…..I want to start every blog with “there are no words for how amazing today was”, and yet I think a few words are necessary. Jesus was the master storyteller, so I will follow his example and sum up today with some stories:

The blind were given sight.  You read that right. As people were waiting to be seen by the doctors at the medical clinic, Amanda and Victoria were fitting people with prescription glasses. The joy on people’s faces as they could finally SEE was moving. As a person who can’t read the big “E” on the chart at the eye doctor, I can relate to the frustration of everything being a big blur. Here’s the difference- I can hop in my car and drive to the eye doctor. These people just have to learn to deal with not being able to see. Can you imagine when they put something on their face that can help them SEE? When’s the last time you thanked God for sight?

100 people were treated at the medical clinic today in 5 hours. You read that right. Our team partnered with the Tanzanian doctors to effectively treat 100 people. One woman found out she was dying of stage 4 breast cancer. While sadly there was nothing the doctors to do, her family now knows what is wrong and will be able to make her last days as peaceful as possible. One child had a fever of 104 and a terrible infection that will now be able to be treated. As our team was treating people, they were also training 5 people from the village in basic triage so that they can be a part of caring for the villagers. Here’s the cool thing- the medical clinic is in the church, so people are associating healing, prescriptions and sight with Jesus…..Think He had that planned?

One pastor walked miles to learn more about how to shepherd and teach his church. You read that right. He WALKED MILES.  10 pastors sat under a tent and listened to a pony-tailed chick from America share what she has learned about pastoring and preaching….funny- that sounds like a vision statement from some church in Birmingham that I know (learning and sharing a better way to live in Jesus).

10 people from America won’t ever be the same. We realize that we are a part of God’s greatest glory which is His name being made known, and we are experiencing our greatest joy which is participating in worship with other nations. Experiencing the Great Commission is the ride of a lifetime.

 Waiting patiently to see the doctors

Waiting patiently to see the doctors

 Team members took turn in the pharmacy- Fred was up first

Team members took turn in the pharmacy- Fred was up first

 Dual stethoscopes made training the trainees possible and Clayton was an excellent teacher

Dual stethoscopes made training the trainees possible and Clayton was an excellent teacher

 Our amazing bus driver Zenus- he also helps in the clinic doing triage

Our amazing bus driver Zenus- he also helps in the clinic doing triage

 Beth making a doctor's visit fun!

Beth making a doctor's visit fun!

 Jordan was a master at the pharmacy- Nurse Zach helping him out.

Jordan was a master at the pharmacy- Nurse Zach helping him out.

 Victoria helped the children with a craft- they loved her

Victoria helped the children with a craft- they loved her

 A child in the village took this picture- we were impressed! Love the joy on Clayton's face

A child in the village took this picture- we were impressed! Love the joy on Clayton's face

 This is what it looks like to just "be" instead of rushing to the next thing- we are trying to learn how

This is what it looks like to just "be" instead of rushing to the next thing- we are trying to learn how

 Jordan, Meredith and Amanda celebrating a successful day

Jordan, Meredith and Amanda celebrating a successful day

 Hungry to learn and eager to share

Hungry to learn and eager to share

 The children loved Meredith, and of course she was great with them

The children loved Meredith, and of course she was great with them

 Ending the day with a fun song

Ending the day with a fun song