Missionaries Clint and Ellen share stories of their first two weeks in Kenya and Tanzania
Our journey started out with a dedication ceremony for the new Integrity Worldwide well in Leboo, Kenya. More than 400 people came from surrounding areas, multiple choirs sang, we cooked five goats and a cow. We also gave clean jerry cans to 250 women so they can keep the water clean they pump from the well.
Integrity Worldwide was just being faithful in going through with a water project in Leboo. I had no idea the women were battling something more than scarcity of water until the dedication ceremony. The chief of Leboo thanked us and told us women and children no longer have to fight baboons for water, which had put them in danger for years. This well will not only keep them healthy, but also safe.
Thank you for your faithfulness in providing water for hundreds of women, children and their livestock.
Meet precious Malida.
I met this little beauty Wednesday at children’s worship. The local church in Meto holds a worship service after school every Wednesday where the children have the choice to stay and worship, give testimonies, and hear scripture. The church was PACKED. It was so beautiful to see children worshiping their little hearts out and writing down every scripture read on old newspapers and pieces of garbage because they don’t have a Bible to read at home.
Little Malida has the most beautiful and pure smile. She was seated on the front row. I could tell she wasn’t feeling well because she kept her head down at times, but her sincere worship caught my eye and brought me to tears. After the service I met her and saw she had an eye infection. After talking I found she had an infection in her eye going on 2 weeks. The closest “functioning” medical clinic is in Kajiado or Namanga. Both towns are over 2 hours away and very expensive to get too since very few people in these villages have a way of transportation.
Malida had been praying God would heal her eye. Can you believe the childlike faith that precious baby has? It makes me bawl my eyes out! And to know the Lord put that baby on the front row for me to see so I could get her the medication she needed! I saw Malida again Friday and her eye looks wonderful. She came running up to show me with the most genuine smile!
To break my heart for this angel even more I found out Friday Malida lives in Tanzania which is over a small mountain from Meto. She walks 7 kilometers every day to school and back through the bush. Clint and I had just finished the hike to Tanzania when she ran up to us. The hike consists of steep hills and loose rocks. We went to see the reservoir the village uses to get water. The reservoir is a natural spring that is nearly 50 feet deep and surrounded by steep rocks. Integrity Worldwide installed a pump and cistern to pump water out of the spring because the women and animals were going to get water and falling in due to the steepness. They weren’t able to get the women or animals out; therefore, the people were drinking water with decaying people/animals. Animals are still falling in and the water is still very dirty. To know that child was walking that far for two weeks in the sun with her eye throbbing in pain then going home to drink dirty water… In America we think nothing of a hurting eye. We drive two miles to Walgreens and are better, but these people pray to Jesus for healing knowing their good, good father loves them and will provide! It’s moments like a big hug from Malida that make the flies, bees, hot nights, and cold showers TOTALLY worth it.
After being in Meto for only 3 days a lady came to us while we were in our Maa lessons with a baby that had been burned by chai tea. Pastor John’s wife, Elizabeth, came with her 16 month old son. The baby had some first degree burns on his lower leg and second degree burns on his foot. We were able to get him the proper medication and vitamins to heal properly. The mother was frantic and in tears because the closest medical clinic is several hours away and you must have available transportation. She was so thankful she could receive medical attention almost immediately.
There is a medical clinic in Meto that has been provided by the government, but medication is scarce and there is a nurse who randomly comes, but people do not know when she will be in the village. Please join me in prayer for the Lord to provide holistic and constant medical attention in Meto.
Clint and Ellen Mitchell,
Integrity Worldwide missionaries