Dan Miller recently visited Makutano and shares how God opened his eyes to His works around the world.
Well, this trip grew out of the generosity of a giving lady, my aunt Sharon. As his profession, my Uncle Jeff worked on medical lab equipment. He, like Aunt Sharon, was a generous fun-loving person. However, Uncle Jeff died of brain cancer way too early, but I believe through his illness God allowed him a uniquely personal and deep understanding of what the Apostle Paul was talking about in Philippians 3:8-11. He went to be with the Lord, and in memory of him my Aunt decided to donate lab equipment to a clinic in Africa (Grace Clinic operated through Village Project Africa). I was honored to go as a representative of the family and can confidently say that this was orchestrated by God’s mighty handiwork.
God has definitely written and is still writing a masterpiece in this small village of Kenya. In just a few short years, the school (Heritage Academy) has nearly 600 students!
There were many blessings we experienced in Africa but one of the most special to me was the dedication at the clinic. As mentioned above, my aunt donated medical laboratory equipment to this organization in Kenya.
We were able to take a day out of our schedule to have a service of dedication at the clinic. The equipment that Aunt Sharon donated will allow this clinic to do so much more than they previous were able to do. Prior to having this equipment the decision between treating patients for malaria or typhoid was often wrong. Now, they can test patients and treat accordingly. That is just one example of the benefits from having this equipment and another example of God working through His people!
The name of the mission, Village Project Africa, truly encapsulates what is happening here. They have done exactly that. To see what God has done through a few faithful people is nothing short of miraculous.
Some of you may relate to the following example: Sometimes I know I could be diagnosed with an eye problem that I call Spiritual Myopia. Allow me to explain it like this: Within the last few years, I entered into a new level of enjoyment with God. Now my normal routine is to get up early to have a time of worship with our loving Savior and mighty God. This time has grown into a real necessity in my life. Some of you might be thinking, “That’s a good thing,” and you’re right… it is. But I guess what I mean is I felt that God is actually spending time with me in a personal way. Foolishly, I was thinking that I must be in some way monopolizing His time. Silly, I know, but I did not realize I had this eye problem until I went to Africa and saw all the ways our Mighty God has been working.
The change of hearts, the love for people, the food, clothing, shelter donated—these gifts come from generous givers at “just the right time.” As my sight started to improve, I saw these gifts as movements in God’s wonderful symphony of sovereignty! Guys, there is no coincidence with our God! He is big enough to spend each moment with you and me and still arrange and orchestrate the needs of a village in a remote part of Africa…Honduras, China, Macedonia, and on and on! This is the God we serve today, and He delights in us and wants to share His music with us!! Can you believe that? WOW!
This “Spiritual Myopia” was only temporary. God was gracious enough to allow me to go to Africa and see Him at work. As I have been saying recently, “God is busy!” And by the way, He healed my sight!
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.