Book review:  How God Became King, by N.T. Wright
Jun09

Book review: How God Became King, by N.T. Wright

A couple of weeks ago I received in the mail a copy of NT Wright’s latest book, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels from a pastor friend at the Beaches Vineyard in Jacksonville, Florida. We lived in Jax for five years while I was doing a lot of time driving a submarine underwater and Mardi was doing (most) of her paediatric training. It wasn’t until I had sent an email thanking my friend for the book...

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Was it worth it? (31/12/11)
Dec31

Was it worth it? (31/12/11)

Baby Michael, transferred to a private hospital for life-saving heart surgery, died on Christmas Day. We don’t really know the details yet – the way we found out was Jennifer, on duty on Christmas morning, receiving multiple calls from their finance department asking us to cover the rest of the bill, double what they had told us for a 36 hour admission, before they would release the body of the baby for burial.  It was sad...

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Masai Mara (30/12/11)
Dec30

Masai Mara (30/12/11)

We’ve had Mardi’s parents here for a visit the last few weeks, and their Christmas present to themselves and us was a 5 day camping safari in the Masai Mara. I’ve always dreamed of staying in a tented camp on safari.  Camping safaris conjure up images for me of Ernest Hemingway hunting in tall grass, mist rising in the morning, lions hunting outside your tent, wildebeest unsuccessfully dodging crocodiles in the Mara...

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African Christmas 1.0 (28/12/11)
Dec28

African Christmas 1.0 (28/12/11)

Christmas for the Steere family is usually some hybrid of either an extended Steere or Johns family tradition, as we usually split our holidays between the U.S. with Andy’s family or Adelaide, South Australia with Mardi’s. But this year was different…here in Kijabe, thousands of miles from our ‘home bases’ we had the opportunity to ask ourselves, ‘what do we value?’ and put into place some...

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The full range of human experience

Written: 12/26/11 Published: 12/26/11 Bibliography: “Dear Mars Hill”, Rob Bell’s farewell sermon/letter to Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI   In the eight months since we’ve moved to Kenya, the fabric of our day-to-day lives has had some new threads woven into it as we’ve been exposed to more suffering, pain, death and poverty than we previously thought bearable.  This is just part of the...

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Relationship (26/12/11)
Dec26

Relationship (26/12/11)

I learned something from an African last week. Part of my work here is to facilitate relationships with stakeholders, donors, and statutory authorities for the projects underway at the Hospital. I had a meeting last week with the head of an organisation which funds HIV/AIDS-related programs in Kenya.  As a part of their work they fund WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) projects to allow those suffering from HIV/AIDS to take their...

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A gift of hope (24/12/11)
Dec24

A gift of hope (24/12/11)

A week ago I blogged about Michael, a 4 week old who needed heart surgery.  The next day, not having read our blog, a friend of ours sent us an email – his family wanted to donate $2000 to our Needy Children’s Fund. I was astounded.  This is the first time I have really wanted to raise a large amount of money to help a single child – usually the need around us is so great that we ration out the fund in small chunks...

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A Tale of Two Hearts (16/12/11)
Dec16

A Tale of Two Hearts (16/12/11)

We see a lot of babies here born with heart problems.  Usually they come to us at a few days, weeks or months of age with a puzzling lack of growth and trouble breathing.  An xray shows a heart like a balloon, and an echocardiogram shows a heart that looks like someone twisted it like a Rubik’s cube, and now none of the connections are in the right place.  We sit down with the families and tell them that these problems cannot be...

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Celebrating Advent (13/12/11)
Dec13

Celebrating Advent (13/12/11)

On Sunday night, we were invited to an Advent Celebration at the Myhres’ house.  As an extended cobbled-together family of paediatric-associated people, we got together to sing carols, meditate on this precious time of remembering Christ’s birth and the significance of his presence in our daily lives and, of course, to eat cookies. One of the highlights was hearing Jennifer read the story of Papa Panov’s Special Day....

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Friendly Fire (9/12/11)
Dec09

Friendly Fire (9/12/11)

Today is day 5 of Kenya’s doctors’ strike.  No doctor employed by the Ministry of Health in Kenya has shown up for work for this whole week, and the strain on the system is starting to show.  The private and not-for-profit hospitals are attempting to care for a country full of sick people, most of whom struggle to pay for public care, let alone slightly more expensive not-for-profit care, and the people who are suffering...

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