Below is an AMAZING testimony from our Kenya team member - Linda Beilstein. There is nothing in the whole world like seeing lives changed like in the testimony below. This is truly what it's all about. To God be all the glory!
Kenya Missions Outreach 2015
It was a long van ride to the Deliverance Church in Makuru, Kenya. It was to be our first clinic day. We had visited the village the day before to have a personal tour of the village area with Pastor Ben Fleet and to meet with Pastor Mary. Pastor Mary is a dynamic woman who oversees the birthing center, clinic, orphanage and school next to the Deliverance Church in Makuru. Her husband is the pastor of the Deliverance Church located in Makuru. Our hearts immediately were won over as we saw the children in the orphanage, the women in the birthing center and the staff who worked in the clinical areas as well as the church. It was very evident the mother’s heart that Pastor Mary had for all in the village area.
All the members of the Victory mission team to Kenya were drafted on to the medical team. What a team God had put together! Sherri Rossi, Jamie Christy and Giana Centofanti worked in the pharmacy. Tim and Pam Beebe, Stephen Szekely and myself were matched up with a nurse or doctor in training to work alongside in the make shift medical clinic set up in the Deliverance Church building. Sheri and Kelly Summers were drawn to the birthing center to assist them in whatever way they could. How they loved on those new mothers and their babies! Abel Gitimu was originally from this area in Kenya, so would preach the Gospel to the patients in the waiting area in their own language as they waited to be seen in the medical clinic. Many gave their hearts to the Lord. They were not only there to be healed physically, but spiritually as well!
Mark Summers and Kenny Sigurani were the feet on the ground. They helped in whatever way possible. They were available from the time of the patient’s registration to directing them to the pharmacy area to obtaining their medication ordered during their clinic visit. Often they would slip away to visit the school next to our clinic site to interact and love on the students. It was fun to overhear Mark’s voice from our clinic site speaking to the students. They enjoyed asking him questions about America and listened intently as he answered their questions.
During the 3 days that the medical clinic was held, we saw 853 patients. The first day was the most memorial for me. The RN that worked with me to interpret and I had the only exam table of the five exam areas set up in the church building. Each of the exam areas were divided by bed sheets. Since we had the only exam table, a woman was brought in to our area and laid on the table by Kenny Sigurani and her neighbor. She was so weak that she could not walk on her own. Her neighbor had brought her to the clinic. She had heard about the clinic being held and was concerned for this woman who was not able to keep down any food and was becoming weaker every day. It was very evident as soon as they laid her on the exam table that something was severely wrong.
After doing an exam and seeing her condition, we sent her to be tested for HIV/AIDS. She came back with a positive HIV test. We then began to talk with her and found out that her husband had died in 2013 with HIV/AIDS. My heart just broke for her. She had a child in the area that she was concerned about. My concern was not only for her medical status, but her eternal soul.
It was evident that without a miracle, she didn’t have long to live. I asked the RN working with me to let her know that we cared about her and she didn’t seem to have long to live because of her HIV/AIDS. We let her know that we wanted to see her again in Heaven. That it was possible to know for sure what would happen after she died. We asked her if she knew there was a God and she said yes. We told her of His Son Jesus Christ and how He had died for her sins. That God so loved her that He had sent His Son to die for her. Tears just rolled down her cheeks. I hugged her and asked if she would like to say a prayer to ask for forgiveness for her sins and ask Jesus to be her Lord. She agreed and Kenny joined us as we prayed for her to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior as well as for Jesus to heal her.
(Linda and Kenny praying the salvations prayer with our new sister in The Lord)
You could see the relief on her face. We let her know that no matter what she had yet to endure, that Jesus would be right there beside her the entire way. That she could talk to Him at any time and His love for her was immeasurable. We made sure that she was connected with those that would enable her to obtain the medication needed to treat her condition.
We couldn’t believe what had just happened. If the Victory team had been sent for this one woman, it was worth it all. We knew that there were so many other lives that would be touched by the love of Jesus while we were in Kenya, but this woman was special. She had lost so much with the death of her husband, but now had gained eternal life with Jesus. We were humbled to be a part of this miracle.
The Victory Team that went to Kenya is so appreciative of Compassion Ministries and the work of Pastor Ben Fleet and Mark and Sheri Summers. Their dedication to see ALL the world reached for Jesus Christ is why we were able to minister to this woman who was dying of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. We will see her again in Heaven! Thank you Bishop Thomas and Pastor Kathie for having the vision to reach the lost for Christ. Not just in our tri-county area, but in ALL the world!
Believing for the Nations,
(Linda with new little friends)
If you are interested in living an adventure and taking Jesus to the World then join one of our 2016 missions teams! click HERE for more info.
We cannot say thank you enough to all those who have supported, ran, walked, volunteered and gave financially to help make our first annual 5k Run/2 Mile Walk a HUGE success. (Pictures and details coming soon.)
If you participated in the run or are just interested in seeing the results, click HERE to see the results.
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Thank you again for supporting Victory Compassion Ministries!
Victory Compassion Minstries is proud to announce our first annual Compassion 5k Run/2 Mile Walk on Saturday, May 23rd 2015 at Roosevelt Park in Campbell, OH.
$100 Sponsored Participants..........................FREE
Early Discount by April 23rd........................$25.00
Day of Race Registration................................$30.00
Registration begins at 10:00am
Race begins promptly at 11:00am
Awards and Recognitions at 12:30pm
Raise $100 to support Compassion Ministries
and Local Outreaches!
Participants are encouraged to find 10 Sponsors
with a $10.00 gift to maximize fundraising efforts!
Gold Sponsor - $1000 - 3 FREE Entries for Race
Prominent Logo Placement on Race Banner
Link to Sponsor Website from Compassion
Website Option To Set-Up Organization Display
at Race Site
Silver Sponsor - $500 - 2 FREE Entries for Race
Logo Placement at 2nd Level on Race Banner
Link to Sponsor Website from Compassion
Website Option to Set-Up Organization Display
at Race Site
Race Sponsor - $100 - 1 FREE Entry for Race
Organization Name Displayed on Race Banner
Organization Name Included as Sponsor on
Compassion Ministries website
ALL SPONSORS WILL BE MENTIONED DURING
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RECOGNITIONS
All proceeds raised will support local and foriegn missions and missionaries around the world!