As Harvesters International Missions (HIM) seeks to reach its goal of establishing 15 new mission stations over the next five years, the need for nurses increases.
Each of the 10 existing mission stations consists of a well, a church that often doubles as a school, a small home for the pastor and a clinic. With each new clinic, there is a need for medical staff.
As the Pokot children are able to start completing secondary school, it is the hope that more and more of them will be able to attend university to be able to train in the areas of medicine, teaching, politics and agriculture. With these skills, these graduates are starting to return to help their people.
One of those who recently completed her medical training is Miriam. Miriam is the wife of Pastor Job, one of the young pastors serving at the first mission station at Chepturu. We praise the Lord for Miriam and the contribution that she is making at the station. She is an example to the young people that she touches. She has completed her medical training as a wife and mother – no easy task.
We pray that others will have the opportunity of education and will find it a pleasure to give back to the Pokot people through the ministry of medicine. In addition to the station clinics, we are also praying that a small hospital will be built within the next five years.
Currently there is no hospital that is easily accessible to most of the tribe. The closest hospital, in Eldoret, takes is at least a day’s journey, if not more, for most Pokot.
Then there is the problem of payment for treatment and the issue of communication. There is a tremendous medical need, and so few qualified to meet that need.
With proper staffing and an adequate supply of medicines the future may hold life expectancies beyond 40 years and more than one in five children living past the age of 4.
Life is hard for the Pokot, but simple medical treatments can drastically improve their lives.