| Jan 23, 2012
I had the option of going to an expat church in Dadaab today but decided to travel with the medical team to another village called Kokar, a village of about 5,000 people. The trip to Kokar was only 1 ½ hours from Dadaab. As is our protocol, we traveled with a police escort. When we arrived in Kokar, Dan Ward and I helped set up and run the pharmacy. Things ran smoothly and we had tremendous support from the community. The community leadership loves having the Medical Teams International team visit because without us there would be absolutely no health care at all. It’s not an issue of accessing care that already exists; it’s an issue of making it available.
After we finished the clinic for the day, the community insisted that we stay for a feast. The community leader said, “I’d rather starve and my family starve before letting us leave without feeding you.” After the team saw over 60 patients, with shoes off, we sat on a mat in the community room. The men brought us 2 big bowls of rice and a large plate of goat meat. We also had some tea with camel milk. Everything was very tasty… really. I was then given a cup of pure camel milk to drink. It seemed salty but other than that not too outrageous. We received many thanks from the community leadership and were told that we are welcome any time to Kokar. They will ensure that we remain safe. “You will have no problems here in Kokar.” Today, there were no problems, just the opportunity to make health care available. What a great way to worship the Lord on this Sunday morning – through word and deed, we showed His love. To God be the glory!