"And if you SPEND YOURSELVES on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday."

"The Lord will continually guide you. He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."- Isaiah 58:10-11

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Well, here it is one year later and a group of us are heading back to Kenya. It has been quite a journey to get to where we are now. About 6 months ago Scott Hayward and Chris Herden, the official head's of Oasis, approached me about taking over the medical care for the Oasis children. As I prayed over it and discussed it with Rick we both felt God's hand in my doing this. I am so excited to be in this position and for all of the things that have happened since.

Immediately after accepting this position, I was introduced to another RN, Livia Krzeminski. She is a nurse at Abbott and has been aware of Oasis for some time. We made an instant connection and both had a passion to help these children. So - we both decided to team up together to take on this role. It has been so fun to work with her!

Our first project became setting up some standards of Orphanage care. As we discussed this we both felt that in order to do this we would need to travel back to Kenya and do some teaching in order to raise the level of health in the community.

So here we are. There are 13 of us traveling to Kenya on February 20. We have 3 nurses, 1 doctor, an audiologist, several teachers, an architect and 4 awesome 11 year old girls! In the mix are two 3 generation travelers. My dad, Dr. Mike Matlak, and my daughter Katie are coming. Jill Hayward's mom, Anita Kaiser, a nurse, is coming along with her and her daughter, Piper. Obviously these will create some special memories.

1 comment:

lisadavis said...

Ann, thrilled you guys are posting again for this trip. Excited to see what God will do in all 13 of you guys. Praying for you!