I have been moved to share something that is a passion with me—and that is sharing my love for serving/working with people combined with doing mission trips. I utilize my YL essential oils as a tool to enhance health wherever I go.
In 2006, I went down the Amazon River for 10 days on a mission trip to visit 3 villages. Since the doctor for the trip couldn’t come, they put me in charge of the medical team—-I guess being a nurse anesthetist seemed to trump a vet and home health nurse!! What I learned from that trip was that I needed to learn more about tropical diseases!
I found a missionary doctor who taught 2 day Tropical Disease Seminars, so I took Dr. Tonya Hawthorne’s course. In that, she talked about going to Kenya and building medical clinics waaaay out in the bush and working with the Maasai. Watching the videos of the people so tugged at my heart, that tears were running down my cheeks and I knew I had to go too. So that year—- 2008— I started my journey with the Maasai and have gone back every year since.
I’ve been able to train 19 people in the knowledge and use of the essential oils so they can apply them to the patients when I’m not there. The native medical personnel LOVE the oils and apply them to all who come in for care. Since for centuries the people have used plants as their medicine, these are very much embraced by them and preferred over drugs.
We have all seen so many health issues so greatly improved that it would take a little book to tell of them all. YL is so generous and caring as they donate 100 oils for me to take every year to keep the clinic stocked with 13 different oils that cover so many of the health issues they face: respiratory issues, infected wounds, splinters/thorns in feet; burns; trauma from motor vehicle accidents—mostly motorcycles (pik-piks) as well as fights; sore joints, backs, necks from all the walking and carrying heavy loads, esp. women; soccer injuries for the kids; fungus on feet; pregnancy issues; post-partum bleeding; and the list could go on!! They call me “Oils Mama” since I’ve introduced them to the oils.
I will be leaving Feb. 21st to go for my 8th year of ministering with them. This year I will continue to work with and teach the clinic staff. We have also just finished building a pre-school with 58 little ones in the first class. Dr. Tonya wants me to do a study to see if Peppermint and Lavender make a difference in how they learn, focus and retain information—-as well as go to sleep more easily for naps. So I think I will be busy from the minute I get there until the day I leave!
Since we don’t have electricity and very little running water, you go without hot showers, drying your hair, good light, and just use baby-wipes for bathing, wash your hair/bodies with a bottle of water, and wear the same uniform 3 days in a row! You sure lose the ‘fancy’ while there!!
We stay in a cement-block building down by the river, and hear many animals all around us at night. You hear the hyenas with their distinctive ‘who-oop’, the chatter of the baboons when disturbed by animals nearby; the dogs barking like crazy when other animals are around, like elephants, lions, zebras, or leopards, etc. We have a choo (bathroom) up a little hill since it’s a porta-potty style, and used to have a night guard to tell us if it was safe to go out and up. But now we have a fence to protect us so just use our flashlites to see our way to it. Ummm, don’t lions and leopards jump pretty high???!!! Just asking. . . .
I know I give them lots of love, hugs, smiles and attention but the blessings I receive out-weigh what I do. The love and friendships built after being there so many years just nourish my heart. I love being the hands for God to touch and love these people thru me. It takes stepping out of your comfort zone to enter another culture which is so different from ours, but honestly, they are people just like we are—-with hopes, dreams and desires of their own.
I am honored and privileged to work with Dr. Hawthorne and Linda Brown, whose dream it was to build a school for little ones to give them a step up out of poverty and get the ability to become knowledgeable enough to get a job and contribute to their society. They live in Kenya, sometimes for 6 mos. at a time to keep the work going, and to minister to our village and to the surrounding Maasai lands/people which covers thousands of acres, as well as people.
Our clinic has become well-known for its good, Godly care and people come from miles around to receive it. As I said, it so nourishes and satisfies my heart to know that I have been able to be a small part in bringing the oils to them.