My name is Nancy Kilpatrick, and I am presently serving in a part-time capacity with First Love, and praying for God's provision and guidance to serve as a full-time missionary next year. I am a nurse, and the ministry to which God has called me with First Love combines medical outreach with evangelistic ministry. I have a special interest in working with mothers and babies, and hope to combine health education with women's ministry, as well as bring medical, surgical, and emotional trauma short-term ministry teams to share the true healing and hope found in Jesus Christ with women and children in physical, emotional, and spiritual need.
Besides serving in First Loves' ministry in Kenya, I hope to expand First Love's medical ministry to Malawi and northern Uganda, partnering with two hospitals in those countries in medical, surgical, and emotional trauma ministry, and combining medical outreach with evangelistic outreach in the surrounding communities and villages. While medical ministry serves an important need, my main focus is to use medical ministry as a means to share the love and good news of new life found in Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the privilege to be part of the First Love family, and for all God has done, is doing, an has yet to do through us as we serve Him in Africa.
August 2012 Newsletter
Friends and Family:
Almost ten years ago, when my life was turned upside down by the end of my 26-year marriage, God gave me the following verses:
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Even though I had no idea how God was going to make those words come true in my life, I had peace that He had my life and the broken pieces of my heart in His hands, and hope that He was, indeed, doing a new thing in my life. Little did I know then that the "new thing" He was doing in my life would be realized in an amazingly perfect way in Africa!
More than on any previous trip, God gave me an opportunity in July to minister to people who have known suffering and heartache far beyond anything I can imagine. And, more than on any previous trip, God showed me that He is the the Redeemer of my past, and used His healing in my life to minister to others in Africa. Thank you, dear ones, for your part in enabling this ministry!
Here are some of the ways God privileged us to share His love on our trip:
We led Kid's Clubs in a school in the Kibera slums, singing, playing, and doing crafts with 130 second and third graders. What a blast! The kids are so cute, and were so excited to spend time with us! It was also a gift to see my team use their talents and gifts to be "Jesus with skin on" to those sweet children!
I had the awesome opportunity to see some girls again that my team and I ministered to in the school in Kibera a year and a half ago. (see attached picture) Three girls in particular broke and blessed my heart then, and again this time - Rose, Innocent, and Beryl. We met Rose on our last trip, during a clinic in the school. She came in to the clinic with a fever of 104.5, and a very severe infection in her leg. I was afraid that her infection had spread to her bone, and we were able to take her to the hospital, where she received IV antibiotics on an outpatient basis the rest of the week, which very possibly saved her life. She greeted me like a long-lost member of her family, and wrote me the sweetest letter, which brought tears to my eyes.
Innocent was burned as a baby, and has severe scars which disfigure her terribly. I have found a plastic surgeon in Portland, Maine, who is willing to do surgery on Innocent for free, but the price of travel to the US, as well as the hospital stay, is prohibitive. We are trying to find surgeons in Africa who would be willing to perform plastic surgery on Innocent for free, or a very small fee. Please pray with me that God will make a way where there seems to be no way in this situation. Thank you!
Beryl and her mother and brother live in the slums, and have been victims of very serious diseases. Beryl is healthy, thankfully, and is just one of those kids that captures your heart. Beryl's mother is one of the women who work in First Love's women's center. I was privileged to lead a Bible study with those dear women, many of whom are HIV positive, and have been widowed or abandoned by their husbands. How precious to share those words from Isaiah with them, knowing that God's promises are just as real for them as they were for me in my brokenness!
In Uganda, I was blessed to share the same promises with the congregation of Pastor James's church, many of whom were victims of the LRA rebels, and are still very traumatized. My team and I were blessed to lead worship, singing and worshipping with people who sing with all their hearts, about their Savior and Redeemer. We were also blessed to lead Bible studies with the congregation and women's group during the week. What an amazing privilege to develop relationships with this Body of believers!
The women's group taught us how to make chai tea during one of our meetings with them, because they learned that we loved the tea - so much fun to laugh and learn with them, and take part in this basic part of their daily routine! These same women made beautiful dresses for each of the women of my team, and a shirt for Chris, our only male team member, which they presented to us the night before we left - another moment that brought tears to my eyes!
We were also blessed to share with the staff of Dr. Opio's Ayira Hospital, discussing OB protocols and CPR, as well as observing, and even assisting, in surgery! We also served alongside of Dr. Opio and his staff in a nearby village, some of us helping in medical ministry, and some of us playing with the kids. This village was previously an IDP camp for people who were victims of Joseph Kony and the LRA rebels. It is wonderful to see that the village is finding a new normal, but when you scratch the surface, you find that there are many who may have survived the atrocities, but are still very emotionally wounded, and in desperate need of the love, hope, and healing found in our Lord Jesus.
Lastly, we were blessed to go to Bala, the village where Pastor James grew up, and hand out 140 mosquito nets to some of the people of his village. We were able to share the Gospel in a short message, then showed the Jesus Film. 35 people came to know Jesus as their Redeemer and Savior that night!
I can't tell you how urgently I long to go back, and continue the ministry among the people I love in Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi! Please pray with me that God will supply the rest of the financial and prayer support that I need to serve in Africa full-time. With the recent support that was pledged by my church, I am almost 2/3 of the way to having the funds that will enable my full-time ministry. I need to find families and churches who will partner with me on a long-term basis. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in hosting a night in your home, meeting with others who may be like-minded and learning about the needs of the people in Africa, and ways that you can be involved in this ministry, I would be so happy to share a presentation about this. Of course, I would be happy to share this presentation in any church meeting or civic setting as well! Please let me know if you would like more information about my presentation, and how we could make it work in your home or church. Thank you!
Other ways you can be involved, and prayer requests:
- Surgical and financial help for Innocent and Agnes, two burn victims in Kenya.
- Continued funds for mosquito nets, medicines, and medical supplies for the clinic in Nairobi, and hospitals in Uganda and Likoma Island, Malawi.
- Partnership with Andrew, the nurse in Uganda, who will graduate from nursing school in November, and hopes to go on to medical school. Please see his biography that is attached, and if you are interested in helping Andrew realize his dreams, let me know, and I can give you his contact information. (see attached picture)
- Sponsors for the children in Kibera, who are waiting to join the First Love family in the children's homes in Nairobi, and for the children who are already in the home, and need
- full funding. Sponsorships of $30.00, $60.00, $90.00, or $120.00 a month are available. I can send you a list of children who need someone to love and care about them, and help them have hope and a future - just let me know!
- Pray for Claudia, a wonderful woman who is a lawyer, and has an incredible ministry to women in Uganda. I first met Claudia in 2007, when she was a law student, and served as my interpreter as we ministered to Ugandans in a few IDP camps! I feel that God has allowed our paths to cross again for a specific purpose.
As always, I thank God for you, and pray for His blessings in your lives. Please feel free to write and let me know how I can pray for you! It is my great blessing and privilege to partner with you in this ministry. With my most sincere gratitude and love - Nancy