Posted on May 24, 2016 · Posted in Medical Specialties, Share Your Story, Special Needs Clinic

Special Needs Clinic 1Dylan Nugent is one of the long-term orthopaedic surgeons at Tenwek. He is helping physical therapist Solomon Rop with oversight and development of his ministry to the children of Bomet county that have special needs of various kinds. Dylan recently sent this message to the FOT Board.

I would like to say thank you for all the work that has been going on state-side, in addition to the efforts Solomon has been putting in over the last several months. I am excited to be a part of the team on the ground at Tenwek since the clinic is based in orthopedics, and I have always had a heart for working with children.

I would also like to relay briefly my experience from earlier today. You know, Jesus said in “the sermon on the mount” that when we give to the needy to do so in secret, and our Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Solomon has in many ways been serving in secret, but I would like to honor him openly.

Today, I accompanied him on the delivery of a wheelchair with custom cushions and a custom table for a 4 year old girl with spina bifida. She lives with her four siblings in a rural village about 30-45 minutes from Tenwek. She has been unable to attend school regularly and has been longing to have a suitable surface to write on.

When we arrived, we were greeted with such gratitude and hospitality, and soon the small room was filled with about two dozen children and six adults from the village. We shared chai and they served us a meal. Solomon fitted Dorcas in her chair and explained all the features to her and her family.

After chai, Solomon took the opportunity to sing a song of praise and asked me to share a scripture and pray. The verse that came to mind was one I had read this week in Hebrews 13 which says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” I saw this being lived out not only by Solomon, but by this young girl’s family and her surrounding community that has embraced her and loves her and her family well.

Our time concluded with the parents and neighbors sharing their words of gratitude for the gift of the chair, their excitement about Dorcas going to school, and their praise for how well her mom cares for her day in and day out. Honestly, I was a bit embarrassed, because I drew a lot of attention with my white skin (they said I looked like Jesus) and they kept thanking me for what I had done. In reality, all I had done was come along for the ride to see Solomon in his element – serving his local community with great zeal and humility.

So, I would like to recognize him, and thank him publicly for his passion, and encourage the rest of us to follow his lead in this endeavor to serve these families. Today was one of those experiences I call “selfish ministries” where you come away so blessed by what you have been a part of that you feel like you are being selfish soaking up the joy of seeing lives touched in such profound ways, when what you have done seems so small.

Again, I am so grateful for what God is doing through Solomon, and for the Hages and many others who are championing this cause. Thank you for inviting me into it.

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