Church groups, individuals and businesses in western Iowa have combined efforts to bring much needed medical equipment to an East African nation. James Roland, from Rolfe, is affiliated with the Atlantic Evangelical Free Church and Pace International – a mission organization based in Kenya that is spearheading the effort. Roland says the medical equipment was donated by Iowa companies. Tri-Mark of Des Moines, supplied an X-ray machine, while the dental equipment was donated by Independent Dental, out of Independence. Roland says a 20-foot shipping container will leave sometime late next month, but there will be a lot of space left over for additional supplies that they’re hoping will be donated by individuals, groups and businesses.Once it leaves the U.S., the container will arrive at the Port of Mombassa about 45-days later. From there, it will be transported to Nairobi, Kenya, where it will go through customs. Once it passes customs, the container will move on to its final destination of Nyahururu, where it is expected to arrive in November. Roland says he’s encouraged by the support they’ve received so far for the project.A complete list of items needed and how you can donate them can be found at the Pace International website: www.members.aol.com/pace89.
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