New Frontiers Health Force, the group I go with, had just built a pre-school and have 45 kids enrolled.  Dr. Tonya asked me to do a study with peppermint and lavender to see if they would impact the focus and learning skills of the kids, as well as see if the lavender would help them take naps more quickly and sleep better.  So we wrote up a very simple evaluation study, made up diluted bottles of the two oils, and gave them to the teachers to use on the children.  The kids loved the smell of the oils and were very happy and willing to have them applied.

I brought the evaluation sheets home, and sent them off to a research student who wants to use the results on her thesis paper.   She is going to use different parameters or testing methods to get percentages of changes, and then let me know what they are.  I could tell just from looking at the numbers that lavender definitely helped the kids go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.  They get to take an hour nap before going home as they often have to help with guarding the cattle or sheep/goats and don’t get much chance to rest.  I couldn’t tell as well about the peppermint.  Maybe the way we evaluated wasn’t as definitive as it needed to be, but when you are dealing with kids who have never had any schooling, who are learning English for the first time, and this is a whole new world for them—-it has to be done very simply.

One Saturday, Dr. Beka and I were able to go up the mountain that is across the river and up behind our compound.  We wanted to learn about the native flora and if they had any medicinal uses.  Simon was our Maasai guide, and told us all about the trees and their uses; about a purple-flowering ground plant from which they make a mixture of the roots and use it to help cows expel retained placentas.  I was amazed at how almost all of the trees, shrubs, and ground plants had thorns on them—-and the animals (e.g. giraffes, elephants, goats and sheep) eat them!  You gotta have a mouth and digestive system that is able to break down those sharp points without harming the intestinal tract!!

One of the very interesting plants is called Leleshwa, and its uses are MANY.  This is one plant that doesn’t have thorns!  It has soft leaves which make it ideal to use as bedding, esp. for labor and delivery; to clean up after babies dealing with upset tummies; men will cut a branch, fold it over several times and use it in armpits as a deodorant;  use it to wipe sweat off foreheads like a towel.  The leaves have a camphor-like smell so it’s pleasant.  After killing a goat, they cut branches off the plant and lay them on the ground to put the meat on.  They also clean off the branches and use them to spit the meat on and roast over a fire.   It has seed pods which are used as flavoring in cooking, and which the sheep/goats love to eat.  It has flowers which dry and the seeds are then carried by the wind to reproduce the plant/shrub in other spots.  It also produces small white cotton balls which are gathered and used in bedding.    So this one plant meets many needs for the people.

They also have a “poison tree”.  They cut off the bark, boil it, and cook it down to make a thick syrup.  Then they put this on the tip of their spears to kill the animals when they are out hunting.  It causes the blood flow to stop, according to our Maasai warrior.  They may not know the clinical terminology of what is actually happening, but just know what they can see happening.

It was a very interesting walk-about up the mountain.  Almost at the top was a very rocky terrain, and I decided I didn’t feel like climbing any higher on the rocks, so found a very large rock to lay on while Dr. Beka and Simon went up higher.  The sun felt so good, but I kept an ear open for any animals that might be roaming around.   I’d asked Simon what we should do if we encountered an elephant, and he said find a ravine and go down into it.  The elephants’ ears flop forward over their eyes and make it very hard for them to see well, so they avoid going down steep, rocky areas.  Well, we had climbed up way past where there were any ravines, so I just asked God to protect me as I laid there in the sun, and not to have any lionesses out looking for food.  As you can tell, I have managed to come back in one piece, but it made me aware of how these people live with the threat of wild animals all around them—all the time.  You just have to pray they aren’t hungry and looking for a tasty morsel in human form!

Our last day in clinic before leaving was Market Day, and people come from all the surrounding communities for it.  They also come for health care while there.  A very sick man had collapsed in the road, and some people brought him in.  He staggered up onto the trauma bed and lay there writhing in pain, esp. abdominal pain.  He had a fever of 103.3, bad headache, and almost seemed ‘out of it’.  After doing a blood test, it was shown to be acute typhoid, so I started an IV on him; a strong antibiotic was given, and I put oils on him for fever and pain.   Several hours later, his temp came down to 100.8, and he was starting to react better.  By the end of clinic day, he was able to walk out to get on a motorcycle (piki-piki) and be taken home.

A 7 yr. old boy also came in with the same thing, so he got an IV, meds, oils and later was able to sit up and eat.  In the midst of these two patients, we took care of so many others with a great variety of health issues—-the day was busy from start to finish.  During my month there, we had several kids come in with mumps, chicken pox, tonsillitis, typhoid, malaria, respiratory colds, stomach pains, etc.   Pirias, the clinic officer, said she had two moms bring their babies in after they’d had 2 days of almost non-stop crying.  The moms said they wouldn’t eat, and acted like their stomachs hurt.  Pirias put Di-Gize and Peppermint (diluted) on their bellies, and within a couple of minutes they stopped crying, and were able to smile and interact with her.  She was very impressed by that!

I had a mom bring in her 3 yr. old son with a bad toothache which kept him awake and crying at night.  I diluted Clove oil and gave her some to take home and use on him.  The very next day, his father said he had slept all night for the first time in a good while.

It is stories like these that keep me going back year after year, just to take these medicines from God to them.  The people think they perform miracles, but the oils don’t heal—-only God can do that, and we pray for the patients as they receive treatment—that God would put His healing hand upon them.  If He chooses to work thru His medicines and all the health measures we employ, then He is using us as His instruments in the whole process.  I feel honored and very humbled that He allows me to be a vessel He uses in many ways, in many places, and in His timing.

Beka and I also went walking around the town and stopped by the public school one day.  One of my ‘grandsons’ there is Lemayane and he was walking with us and taking pictures of about everything that moved.  He asked us to go talk to the kids, and we did so.  Of course they liked having their pictures taken, but we got into a fairly serious discussion about how even though we have different colored skin, our hearts are the same for the Lord.  We talked about how big God is, and how He loves us all.  So many of the boys had biblical names and we went thru asking them to tell us their names:  4 were named James, Solomon, Edward, Samuel, and others I can’t remember.  They asked us to come back and talk to them again as they enjoy the interaction with “wazungas” (white people).

After tearfully saying goodbye to my ‘family’ in Ngoswani, Dr. Beka and I traveled by taxi to Nairobi on Mar. 20th.  On the way our driver, Nation, shared about his life and all the struggles he has gone thru.  Several wives have died, leaving him with children to take care of.  A daughter who is not his biologically, has grown up and gotten into drugs, the wrong crowd, and gone far away from her upbringing.  Sounds like a story from some of our own lives here, doesn’t it??   She has brought him much sadness and distress, as well as financial cost.  His present wife, at 36 yrs. old contracted meningitis, had a stroke and was in ICU for a month and half.  She then went into rehab; is now home but unable to work as one of her arms is contracted from the stroke and is painful.   Because Nation drives his taxi long distances almost every day and is exposed to so much dust—-did I mention that it is EXTREMELY DUSTY there????!!!—-he coughs a lot.  So before he left to take Dr. Beka to the airport, I rubbed oils on his chest and back to help ease his breathing.  I also gave him a bottle to take home to use for his breathing, and also use on his wife’s arm to help with the pain.  He was so thankful for this simple but profound gift, he was breaking down in tears.  People tell me they could never do what I do and can’t understand why I do it—–but THIS is why I go.

I left that next morning at 4am for the airport to catch a flight down to Johannesburg, So. Africa, and then flew on to George, where Phil and Kristen Golson and their 3 girls picked me up.  They are missionaries in Knysna, So. Africa and have been there for the last 18 mos. or so. It was a happy reunion, as they are a family from our home church here in Odessa, FL.  I could not get over the contrast of landscapes between our village in Kenya and George!  It was lush, green, and beautiful in So. Africa—situated between mountains and the sea in their area.

We had such a lovely week of visiting, resting, reading, going to church, Bible studies, out to eat, and I was also able to take a tour of the Township area where the Colored People (their term) live.  It’s a look at how apartheid has historically impacted So. Africa and gives you a glimpse of their homes and lives today.  I was able to share oils with a couple of ladies from church while there as well.   Phil runs a Christian Radio Station 24/7 from his home and does interviews with the town’s business people to help them become better known.  He did an interview with me to share my story of working with the Maasai and using essential oils to help with health issues.  You can listen to it by going to www.grace-radio.org;  going to ‘communications’ and clicking on ‘interviews’.

After enduring a 17 hr. flight back home from Jo’berg to Atlanta, and then a short flight down to Tampa, I was reunited with my loving hubby.  I’m always so glad to see him after my trips—–I love traveling, but I also love coming home—back to his loving care!

I hope this has given you a small snapshot of my 5 weeks away, and a glimpse of what drives me to go year after year.  I think God is using my passion for His medicines to minister to people who wouldn’t have a chance to get them unless I took them.  So until I find a replacement I’ll keep going, Lord willing.

I have to again thank my company, Young Living Essential Oils, for their willingness to help people all around the world and enable those who go on mission trips to take oils donated by YL.  They are not solely in business for the money, but to help people with health issues to have a chance to deal with them in a natural way—wherever they are in the world.  I’m impressed with their heart, dedication to purity of the oils, hard work and honest business practices in a world that is willing to cut corners, add synthetics, and employ cut-throat business practices.  So my thanks are given again to Gary and Mary Young for their donation of oils that I take to Kenya for the 7th year in a row.  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you!

I had so many people donate oils or money to take for the pre-school project, and I can only tell you THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and willingness to contribute to help kids halfway around the world.  We may never know the impact on the health and learning of these little children until we get to heaven.

I am so blessed by my husband and family who allow me the freedom to go and minister to others and then welcome me home with open arms.  So blessings and love from this ‘blessed woman’ to you,

Sue

 

 

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April 2nd, 2015
Hi everyone,
I am now back home and wanted to share some of the highlites of my Kenya and So. Africa trip. I had a wonderful 5 weeks traveling in Africa, and experienced joyful reunions with my Maasai family. As this was my 8th year of going, seeing the people in our village is like going back home and seeing family! It’s always interesting to see the growth of the village each year.
The village isn’t the only thing growing! Our clinic has been expanded to include a big waiting area, as there are many moms who come with their babies on immunization day, so more room was needed, as well as having a need for a trauma and oils room. So the old waiting room was converted into the trauma/oils room when the addition was built. The space has made it all function much better.

Coming over our plane rides weren’t bad—crying babies were all around but not so close as to be obnoxious; airplane meals were about a #1 out of 10, with 10 being the highest, so I was hungry when we finally arrived in Nairobi at 9pm. on Sunday nite, Feb. 22nd. I left home about 9:00am Sat. morning in Tampa, so when you add the 7 hr. time difference, it takes about 36 hrs. to travel over there. On our way to SanDavy house where we stay overnight, we saw a man lying in the highway, where he had been hit and killed by the traffic. Someone had placed a traffic cone beside him to keep others from hitting him again. That was a jolt to see for the first time ever in all the years I’ve been going there!
Peggy, the nurse I traveled over with, had her son-in-law come from Kijabe to pick us up the next morning and take us to her daughter’s home at Rift Valley Academy to see her family overnight before traveling on out to Ngoswani, where we stayed for the rest of the month. During the first week, we received a special treat this year. Because we are the oldest, and ‘longest-in-coming-every-year’ people, Dr. Tonya and Linda took us on an over-night safari!! We stayed at Ashnil (a luxurious tent camp) that night, and went out 3 different times to see the animals.
One of the most impacting sights was seeing two lions resting with very full bellies after eating their kill all night. One of the lions had his paw on the horn of the water buffalo they had brought down and killed. All that was left were the ribs and head—with the horns sticking up. He was being very possessive, and would not take his paw off HIS water buffalo!! Just a short distance away were 7 young lions and lionesses lying all in a row—-showing their very full bellies from partaking of the night’s feast! Our driver said that meal would last them about 3 days before they would have to kill again for food.

We followed 3 of the lions/lionesses as they went across the open field to find water as they were very thirsty after eating all that meat. It is so fascinating to get a glimpse of their lives out in the wild and be able to get so close to them. They are not afraid of the vans as they are a natural part of their environment since they’ve seen them from birth. They know they don’t get harmed by them so will allow us to get very close to them.
One Friday we went back down to Nairobi to go to the bank, and also so Dr. Tonya and Linda could do a lot of internet business. Peggy and I ambled thru the Junction, a mall with a lot of shops. We went to Nakumatt, which is like a big Walmart, and were getting some groceries. We were in the cereal section, and a lady came around the corner. We stopped and looked at each other and said, “I know you. . . !” It was Janet Moore. The Moore’s are a missionary family who is supported by our church. We were able to talk for a while with Jonathan and Janet and their 3 kids. What are the chances of running into one of the missionaries our church supports, in a city of millions of people??? I knew it was a moment God had arranged and was very thankful for it!
This is summer time in Kenya—-our seasons being just the opposite—-and it was very hot, dry, windy and DUSTY! They are desperate for rain as the dust covers everything, and the cattle are dropping dead from no grass or water. The people eat the dead cows for food, and as a result, we had several cases of anthrax. One man had swollen lesions on his arm/hand with big blisters. He had gone to 3 different clinics for help with very little improvement. He came to our clinic, and Pirias—our Clinic Officer—decided to try essential oils on him and sent him home with a mixture to use throughout the days. He came back 3 days later with the lesions and blisters dried up and healing. He was thrilled—to put it mildly! Then a week or two later, we had a young girl come in with anthrax lesions on her right cheek. It was becoming very swollen—with lymph nodes painful and swollen on that side of her neck. I put oils on her and also made up a mixture of the oils for her to take home and use. It turned out she was from the same family of the man who had come in earlier—-they had all eaten the same meat—and now she was showing the anthrax symptoms. Because the man had improved so greatly, he urged them to come to our clinic for the oils. They had to travel a great distance but were willing to make the effort, as anthrax can be deadly.
Last year I had worked with a 3 year old little girl who had gotten burned badly on her whole neck. I had used the oils on her to help prevent infection, and to help her heal without scarring. I put 4- 5 oils in a spray bottle and used them on her every day. We would first have to clean and debride her neck so it could let new skin grow. It wasn’t a fun time but very necessary to do. It’s definitely not my favorite activity!! This year, her mom brought Catherine in to see me, and I was so pleased to see her totally healed with no contractures or scarring on her neck. Catherine laughed and sat on my lap, letting me give her hugs and kisses, as we were both happy to see each other. That was one of my biggest blessings of the trip this year!
We had a dentist and her assistant come for 3 days to pull teeth so those days were very busy in the clinic. Dr. Jeri taught the 2 clinic officers how to inject and then pull the teeth so that they can do that service for people who really need to have a tooth pulled. Just think of having a decayed tooth with great sensitivity and pain, and no way to deal with it—-and no dentist around for a great distance. So they are thankful they are now able to deal with really bad teeth. I put clove and PanAway oil on their jaws afterwards to help deal with the jaw ache left from having a tooth pulled.
Dr. Tonya also had a young lady come for two weeks who is a naturopathic family physician out in Seattle, WA. She wanted to see if natural medicines had any place out on a mission field. Her name is Dr. Beka and she and I worked together a lot. I was able to teach her about the oils, and how to apply and use them. She helped me put poultices on feet and legs, and then wrap them up. I encouraged her to add them to her practice to give people another tool to help with health issues!

I will send another part of my letter in my next post.

Until then,

Sue

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Time stands still for no man, and that is certainly true in my life.  It’s hard to believe that it was last year when I told you about my trip to Ngoswani, Kenya and experiences I had while there.  Well, it’s almost time to start pulling the things together to take with me on my seventh trip— this year of 2014.

So far this year we have traveled far and wide.  In January, Gene and I took a 10 day teaching tour to Israel with our pastor and church friends.  It was filled with seeing so many sites where Jesus had lived, worked, walked, and where so many things recorded in scriptures took place.  It was almost over-whelming to absorb all the information and have it make sense.  It will definitely take another trip to let things start to make sense and really come together.   It didn’t help that 6 out of our group of 14 got head/chest colds and spent most of the trip coughing our heads off—me included!

In February, I went with a church group to Peru for a week’s mission.  The little town of Matucana is up in the mountains—in a valley between them.  I went to assist a dental technician doing free cleanings, and to also put essential oils on whoever needed them.  That turned out to be a lot of team members,  some patients who had severe arthritis, and a young school boy who broke his arm during vacation Bible school.   I also made up 15 ml. bottles of clove oil spray for numbing gums before Tricia started scraping plaque off, as well as Thieves spray to fight the infections many of the patients had in their gums.  We handed out a lot of those bottles so the patients could continue the treatment after we left.

In April/May, my husband and I went to our cabin in the mountains of Ga., and from there we continued on for my ‘teaching tour’ with my organization in 3 different states.   The first class was with 10 ladies in the Atlanta area, then the next week we drove to north Indiana where Gene’s sister lives on a lake.  I drove to Indianapolis to get my sister, Ann, who went with me to Springfield, Illinois to do 2 days of classes.  I then took her home, went back up to north Indiana and started classes for 3 days with my Amish friends in Shipshewanna area.  It was a 3 week whirl-wind of teaching, traveling, and talking with so many people, but I loved it all!!

I was also able to introduce my ZYTO ELITE to the groups and did 15 scans on people.  It gives you a snapshot of what is stressing your body right at that time, and then what balances it using the Young Living oils and supplements.  It does not diagnose or treat, but gives you an idea of what your body is experiencing.

Now in June, we are preparing to go for our family vacation out west with our sons and families for 10 days.  Ghost towns, caverns, the landscape, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Tetons are all areas we are going to explore.  It should be an adventure!!    Gene and I will stay on for the Young Living Grand Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah for a week before flying back home.

Two weeks later on July 12th, I will be leading a team of 6 ladies to Kenya—with 5 of us being nurses!  We’ll be our own medical team!!  I’ll be spending a month again in our village clinic at Ngoswani—doing my “Oils Mama” thing.  I’m sure there will be a couple more people who want to learn about the oils and be taught on their use so they can minister them to the people who come to the clinic.  Dr. Tonya told me she walked into the clinic one day and could smell the oils before she even saw anyone.  That thrills my heart to know the clinic staff are using them on the patients to help with their health issues.   Young Living is again donating 100 oils for me to take over for the clinic so they stay stocked thru the year.

You will have to look far and wide to find a company so generous in just giving me the oils to take—-with the value of over $2,500.  And they have done this for the last 6 years, so I feel blessed beyond measure!  They have impacted a culture that is so different from ours, and touched lives with health far beyond what pills will do.

I will again be calling Gene with my weekly updates of happenings, and just to hear his voice.  I don’t really get homesick because I keep so busy, but I do like to hear his voice and feel his love as he tells me of his happenings on this side of the world.  Nothing like family to keep you grounded!!

Until next time with Kenya news,

Sue

 

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I arrived back in Tampa June 7th, Friday evening about 11:30 and was so glad to see my hubby standing there waiting for me!  My month in Ngoswani is finished for this year, but I am already planning to go back next year to see my second “family” and dear friends that I have made over the last 6 years.

Talk about a busy time: most of the time was spent working in the clinic—-applying essential oils on most of the patients, taking care of wounds, soaking infected feet and then dressing them with poultices, essential oils and the Animal Scents Skin Ointment; starting IV’s on several sick patients; helping sew up cuts and wounds from fights or vehicle accidents; taking care of the pharmacy when Mama Peggy was out of the clinic; putting oils on babies after their immunizations to help stop the pain; going over essential oils and uses with Ann who is there when I’m not; and then painting walls and ceiling in the waiting room and patient ward to lighten and brighten the place up!!

While I was there, we had one delivery of a girl baby.  Those of us “helping” her to push with her contractions were worn out after the baby finally came!!  It’s hard work having a first baby, being so small, and being so young!   Unfortunately, she continued to bleed, so we ended up sending her to Narok Hospital for more in-depth help.  The father was not too happy, since the baby was a girl rather than a boy for his first child!

Our compound is growing, as a Shamba Shack was built where we eat and have a kitchen.  It really adds a needed area, especially as some teams that come in are large.  Just had a group of 14 nurses come to do school physicals on the school kids.  They were delightful and fun to watch as they did their assigned tasks.  The two nurse practitioners also got to deliver two babies after I left, so they were thrilled with the experience.

The compound has been encircled with thorny bushes and growing hedge plants to act as a barrier against cows, goats, sheep, and the wild variety of animals.  They’ve added solar lights along the cho (bathroom) path, so we are able to see at night when we go out at our assorted times.  When the moon is full, you don’t even need a flashlight, but when it’s not “up there”, it is DARK—DARK!  I started carrying two of my little flashlites, because if one went out while I was sitting inside the cho, I could easily imagine all sorts of spiders/bugs coming out to jump on me and I didn’t want to be in the dark flailing about!!

I have learned to do very well with using 2 cups of water to wash my hair, face, and body parts each morning.  We do not have the liberty of using a lot of water as that is so vital to the village, so we have to settle for a warm bath once a week.  The dust is usually flying around and covers your hair, and any exposed skin, so you don’t feel clean until you do a wet-wipe bath or washcloth wipe-off.  It has amazed me at how much I can get along without when doing a mission trip.  Our luxuries take on less importance for that time period, but when we get home—that hot shower really does feel great!

Thanks to all of you who were praying for the safety, service, and effectiveness of our team.  We truly appreciate the prayers as we face each day–not knowing what it will hold, but only desiring to be used by God to fulfill His purpose as we are there at His drawing of us.   I will share stories of some of my special patients next time, so until then—be blessed.

Sue

 

 

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Sue just got back from her safari.  Said numbers of animals not as great because migration from Tanzania not yet in full bloom.  Saw dozen of lions, water buffalo, elephants, etc.

She is in process of tending to lumps in the rump due to the road bumps.  The chickens have arrived from the man she treated for foot infection.  They are on the menu for tonight’s meal.

Had a baby delivery last week–tough birth due to small size of woman.  The father was disgruntled due to slow recovery of woman and the baby was a girl.  Sue was a bit ticked at him(It’s a wonder he didn’t have to recover from her). They did 74 immunization shots for babies in one day–used oils to take the pain away.  She has been active in administering IV’s and ran the pharmacy one day. Providing treatment for injuries from fights and a motorcycle accident scrapes.
She went to a local shop and bought a fabric to be sewn into skirt to wear for church tomorrow. No more marriage proposals as she has determined she is too busy.  I’m surprised she ever found time for me! She was sitting with a group of young kids from the village and the young girl next to her wanted to know the year she was born.  Sue told her and the girl immediately did the math and was shocked at her ‘good’ condition. So she announced this to the others who also were impressed.  Compared to the ancient people there, time brings lots of maladies, besides I pamper her a lot.
My diet continues at a high level.  Can’t believe how many Breyer’s ice cream bars are required.  The home project list is taking a beating.  I’m a whirlwind of activity. Cleaned and recaulked both bathrooms. And the project from hades–garage cleaning–was accomplished in just two days.

So I’m feeling soo good.  This should be my last report as Sue arrives Friday night at 11:30 pm.  Hope I can stay awake to get her!

Blessings,

Gene (Oil Mammas’ hubby)

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The word for the week is ‘busy’. Still painting–on second coat with white and cream colors–no pizazz. Sue did our new sun room in three colors, pink, pinker, and pinkest. I told her she should have taken some of the paint with her. She said she was covered with white paint from the ceiling. I can’t believe she would call me without first cleaning up!

The Masai grapevine is in full operation with the oil healing message going around the area. A lady came from five hours away to get relief for aching joints. Fevers cause by respiratory infection were the biggest medical problem this week. The people live in manyattas (huts) with a hole in the roof for smoke venting. So they are exposed to air laden smoke for much of their day and suffer for it.
She treated a man for a toe infection, and he is providing two chickens for a gala meal. I don’t know if she volunteered to do the plucking. She said their staple food is white bread–little fiber. Good thing she isn’t diabetic.

The have fenced off the area around the clinic. So that keeps out the cows from feeding on the grass, which means the grass grows. So she and a college student were sitting outside in the evening and noticed the dogs getting agitated. A cobra had emerged from a hole in the ground nearby. I told her to maintain eye contact unless it’s a spitting cobra. They have no anti-venom and would need to travel to get some. So the cows are coming back to eat the grass and keep the cobras away.
The family she has adopted, or they have adopted her, is doing well. The two sons are close to finishing high school and are at the top of their class. One wants to become a surgeon and the other a pilot. Hopefully they will find continued success.
My journey on the psychological phase of my Kenya diet is yielding fruit–both because I eat much fruit, and the weight is falling(eight pounds so far). I didn’t know the scales would go this low! I think I will continue this phase as it proves the law of psyche of ‘mind over matter’. I think I read this somewhere, if not it will undoubtedly become the standard for proper dieting.

 

Blessings,

Gene (Oil Mamma’s hubby)

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Oil Momma has arrived in Ngoswani, Kenya.  The trip there was uneventful as was hoped for, except for the $300 for the 70 pound added bag. She expected a $200 charge.

 

Of course it was worth it because of all the mementos of her hubby Gene that she wanted to take with her.  She had also taken another bag for Kari Saul who is doing mission work at another Kenya location.  Her first week went well with the essential oil business booming like crazy.  The healing properties of the oils has been grasped by the people there.

It has been quite the draw at the clinic with word spreading all the way to Nairobi(a baby was brought from there for treatment) which is about two hours away by vehicle. Foot wounds and infections are the main issues.

There are two women at the clinic who Sue has trained in the use of oils. One patient offered to bring in cow’s milk in appreciation for the treatment.  That would have been a different taste from our pasturized milk, but Sue is not a farm girl and declined.  She called from the hill near the clinic for better reception and had to stand behind the outhouse to escape the wind so we could hear each other.

They have installed solar lighting along the path to the outhouse.  Such comforts may take away from the excitement of the mission.  However, now she can see the stalking lions at night and enjoy the natural settings on the way to the outhouse–I’m sure she is feeling blessed.
She also helped paint the waiting room at the clinic.  It’s a cheery yellow versus the previous somber grey.  The man who had offered the cows and goats and a hand maiden in return for marriage to her has not shown up yet. If he does Gene hopes the maiden is sent tot he US to care for him while Sue is away.  We can negotiate the livestock later.

They had been getting heavy rains but things are drying out now.  It makes travel a bit easier.  They have a new church that they built which is being dedicated tomorrow.  They are also in the process of selecting a site for building a school.

This update is a bit late so look for another one real soon so you can all catch up.

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I am now in the final countdown of days—-5—-before leaving for our village in Kenya.    This year will be my 6th year of going to Ngoswani, and working with friends, adopted family, and going to our newest clinic built way out in the bush at Empaash.

I will be flying out with 9 people, five of them new to me, who all desire to go and be of service in some way to the people of Ngoswani.   Each year is a different team, different emphasis of things to get accomplished, and different experiences.  We really never know what to expect.    I know Dr. Tonya has told us we will be painting and sprucing up the clinic that was built in 2008, my first year of going to Kenya.   I know when I paint and decorate here at home, I like to try new, bright, bold colors, and put up new pictures, re-arrange the furniture, just give a fresh feel to our comfortable surroundings.  She didn’t ask me for input, so I have no idea if I get to splash on a bright color in a room!!

It doesn’t really matter—-I will do whatever is needed to do the job!   I know I will be training some new people in the knowledge and use of Young Living Essential Oils.   So far, in the last 5 years I have had the privilege of teaching 15 people how to use the oils, and Young Living graciously donates  100 oils for me to take for the clinic each year so they can be used on patients as they come in.   This year is no exception, so I will re-stock the oils for next year’s use.

Dr. Tonya told me this year I will be giving essential oil massages to anyone that comes to the clinic for FREE, as they want to let people feel the difference they can experience with oils’ application.   The oils do so many things, like relieve pain, deal with gastric upsets, joint pains, burns, cuts, infections, colds/respiratory issues, depression, sore teeth, headaches, sore throats, allergies, gout, sciatic pain, and the list goes on. . . . . . . The people walk for miles to get to the clinic, as that is their basic way of getting around.  They can also  come on the back of pik-pik’s (motorcycles), propped up between two people; or on a matatu (Toyoto van that travels between villages), or if they have the money and access—will rent a car to come and be seen.  They all come needing help in some way, and after being seen by Dr. Howard Diamond and then getting their medicines, they will come to me for a relaxing rub-down for their particular health issue.

I get to show my love for these people thru my hands.  The oils get warm beneath my hands rubbing them on and they are absorbed thru the pores and down into the cells of their bodies.  The oils then go to work, relieving muscle spasms, sore joints, pain in an area, and just give release of stress as they breathe in the aromatic molecules of the oil.   Being touched is not a habit or way of life for them—-so this is new and novel, as well as natural—-using God’s medicines, and they are very accepting of it.

We are all given hands, and we have the choice of how we use them—for good, or to do harm.   I choose to use mine as an extension of God’s love—-reaching down to each person to touch them with love and acceptance.  I am simply the vessel He can use.

Have you ever stopped to think how you use your hands?  Are they in your service, or God’s?   Just something to think about!

Until next time. . . . . . .

Blessings, Sue

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Greetings 2013

January 15, 2013 · 0 comments

in Greetings 2013!

 

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Do you ever feel a great sense of anticipation—just wondering what God is going to do with you in this brand new year??

There are so many things I want to do, people I want to connect with, and places to go that it makes my head spin, but when I step back and consider—-it’s really this question:  “Father, how can I become the person you want me to be, and be available to do what you’d have me do—-in your agenda, not mine—-??”  I want to be like a car–moving, but letting God steer me where He’d have me go.

So saying all that, I do have plans but am willing to change them!   I am starting off the year by teaching two 8-class series on Thursdays starting Jan. 10th and going thru Feb.  The mornings will be in Tarpon Springs–9:00 to 10:30 at Wine At The Docks on Dodecanese Blvd. and the evenings will be in Lakeland at Sally Lacey’s home, 6:30 to 8 PM.  The 8 class series is about using the oils in different arenas.  If you would like more information, email me at: sueheath@earthlink.net.

In February,  a workshop will be presented so people can learn how to do Raindrop Therapy on family and friends, and also how to use oils practically in everyday living.

So many people have crossed my path and blessed my life that this year I want to connect with each one to see what is happening in their lives.  The Young Living essential oils have so impacted and changed my life that I want to see how they are doing with them.

Gene and I will be going to our cabin in Ga. sometime in March or April to see our friends up there, and make sure the mice haven’t moved inside the cabin—which they did once before!!  We will also travel on up to Indiana to work with and teach some of my organization there, as well as possibly going over to Illinois for a seminar.

The medical mission trip to Kenya leaves May 12th for a month with the Maasai.  I so love the people there, and can’t wait to see my second family!  Julius and Zipporah have 6 boys and one girl, and just like all kids do, they are growing up fast.  Some of us will return after a month, and then it’s time to get ready for the YOUNG LIVING GRAND CONVENTION in SLC, Utah June 18th-22nd.

Gene and I will probably go back to the cabin in July, and then again in October.  After that time, we close it up and stay in Florida for the winter.

I also work occasionally giving anesthesia vacation coverage for a surgicenter in Tampa.  So that is my ‘proposed’ plan for this year, subject to change, as I said!!  Working and connecting with people is my primary goal—so we can all grow in the YL organization.

Have you set some goals for yourself?  You won’t have anything to steer towards if you don’t, and will just wander thru the year.  I don’t want to look back over my year and think, “I really haven’t accomplished anything I wanted to do.”  That’s where goals come into play.

Looking forward, Sue

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