“Rich man and poor man have this in common: The Lord is the maker of them all.” (Prov 22:2)

Today we concentrated on the health of the children at Roggie School.  We realized that they had no health records, no growth charts, and no way of measuring progress!

For all 200 students at the school, we: (i) created their very first individual health record and recorded age, weight & height; (ii) clipped their fingernails (part of anti-worm hygiene); (iii) gave them medications to eliminate worms (endemic in the community); (iv) together with their teachers, taught them individually about the importance of hand-washing and hygiene.  We left behind supplies of soap, nail clippers, almost a year’s supply of vitamins.  Additionally, 25 students with (minor) medical problems were seen and treated.

While all of this was going on, we saw (over two days) 105 other patients.  There was also health education for the adults.  And Sally Edwards did a puppet show of the prodigal son which held all 200 students in rapt attention for almost half-an-hour (amazing if you know anything about these kids).

This was a good beginning; there is much more to be done.  All of us have responsibility for building the community up from extreme poverty – the rich and the poor alike.  We were privileged to participate in this good work.  As the Apostle Paul says, “… he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)

It is exciting to think about what might happen next.