Rev. Zakayo Mikiburi, Pastor of Olorei Independent Fellowships in Kenya, was rushed to the hospital by his close friend Rev. Alfred Matoke the evening of Friday, September 2, 2016, when he suffered a painful attack due to the failure of one of his kidneys.
Bro. Zakayo had been ill for many months; but, it was not until the day before this attack that he discovered he had a bad kidney. His suffering had increased to the point where the pain was no longer bearable. His local community and church took up a collection from their sparse resources so he could visit the doctor and get an x-ray to determine the cause of his ailment. It was through the x-ray that the doctor discovered one of Bro. Zakayo’s kidneys was dangerously enlarged and that he was in need of surgery. Bro. Zakayo, Bro. Alfred (Pastor of Itare Christian Church in Kenya), and I were meeting via WhatsApp, discussing how to raise the money the doctor said would be necessary in order to perform the needed operation when the attack occurred that caused Bro. Alfred to rush Bro. Zakayo to the hospital.
The doctors at the hospital confirmed the diagnosis from Bro. Zakayo’s doctor and agreed that surgery was necessary; but, despite the urgency of the situation, the doctors and hospital wanted the calculated medical expenses of $4,900 USD to be paid in advance. As mentioned earlier, Bro. Zakayo’s resources are meager as are the resources of his community and church. It took God’s mercy and grace just to raise the money that resulted in Bro. Zakayo’s initial diagnosis. After pleading from Bro. Zakayo, Bro. Alfred, and Bro. Zakayo’s doctor who made the original diagnosis, the doctors and hospital relented and agreed to operate on Bro. Zakayo to remove his failed kidney. The doctors and hospital made it very clear that payment in full is expected and that it would be due by Monday, September 12. Due to scheduling conflicts, the surgery would not be performed until 8:00am, the next morning: Saturday, September 3.
As scheduled, the doctors operated on Bro. Zakayo Saturday morning. Praise God, they successfully removed the failed kidney, which was extremely enlarged, black, and full of fluid. The doctors examined the remaining kidney and found it to be normal and healthy. Bro. Zakayo is in recovery with Bro. Alfred at his bedside making sure he receives continued care from the doctors and hospital.
Request for Help
Bro. Zakayo is recovering from his surgery and is in need of your prayers for his continued healing, for his son Joel who misses his dad, and for his congregation at Olorei Independent Fellowships who is without their pastor until his full recovery.
Prayer is also requested for Bro. Alfred who remains at Bro. Zakayo’s bedside until his full recovery.
Finally, although the deadline may seem extreme, the doctors and hospital deserve to be paid for their services in saving Bro. Zakayo’s life. They are demanding $4,900 USD by Monday, September 12. Neither Bro. Zakayo, his community, nor his church have the financial resources to pay that sum, much less by the deadline given. Bro. Zakayo, Bro Alfred, and their respective families, community, and churches have asked Saved by Grace Ministries to raise the funds necessary to pay Bro. Zakayo’s medical expenses by the given deadline.
Saved by Grace Ministries also operates under very limited resources. We are only able to support requests like that of Bro. Zakayo’s through the generous and compassionate donations of people like you. Please prayerfully consider how much the Lord is leading you to contribute. Then click the Donate button below to make your tax deductible donation to help Bro. Zakayo in his time of need. May God richly bless you as you seek to be a blessing to Bro. Zakayo.
UPDATE: Rev. Zakayo Mikiburi Back Home!