May Mission of the Month - MEDS for Africa
By Dr. David Haymes
Meds for Africa was founded in 2008 when Cherry and David Haymes returned from a short-term mission trip to Kenya and saw the ravages of HIV-AIDS, poverty, malnutrition, and disease in East Africa. They committed themselves to help alleviate some of the suffering they saw. Their goals were to bring aid to Kenya in three areas – health care, dental care, and education and to give an opportunity for short-term mission trips to Americans. Thus MEDS for Africa was born - M for medical care, E for Education, D for dental care, and S for service.
In its 13 years of existence MEDS has provided:
- Medicine, medical personnel, and medical supplies and staffing for hospitals and rural clinics.
- Support to start the nationally recognized Nzoia College of Nursing in Kitale, Kenya.
- Funding for several early education/feeding programs for preschoolers.
- Scholarships and financial support allowing teenage girls to continue their education through GEMs -the Girls Education Mission program begun by MEDS for Africa
- Dental equipment allowing a volunteer dentist or a Kenyan dentist to provide desperately needed oral care.
- Exposure to both the needs and the majesty of Kenya to hundreds of people through short-term mission trips and educational programs describing the work of MEDS for Africa.
Since 2015 NorthPark Presbyterian Church through its Mission Committee has been a valued supporter of the mission of MEDS for Africa: “Changing Children, Communities, and You.” Even prior to that NorthPark Presbyterian Church generously funded an eye clinic at the Tumutumu Presbyterian Hospital in Karatina, Kenya that continues to provide quality eye care to this day.
Several NorthPark members have travelled to Kenya with MEDS for Africa and as Mary Jo and Jack said, “Our trip to Kenya with MEDS for Africa changed our lives and our outlook on the rest of the world.”
MEDS for Africa is grateful for the continuing support of NorthPark Presbyterian Church and many of its individual members to help MEDS continue its mission to East Africa. We plan to offer a mission trip to members in 2022-2023.