What in the world are we doing? (30/12/12)
Dec30

What in the world are we doing? (30/12/12)

It occurs to me today that it’s already been a month since we left Kijabe. It has been so far a delightful whirlwind of seeing old friends, reconnecting with family, detaching from the intensity of work in rural Kenya. I know some of you have been wondering, though – 6 months? What on earth will you do for that long? So I thought I’d explain why we’re taking so long to get back home. Historically, Christian...

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Honey for Christmas (21/12/12)

Yesterday, just in time for Christmas, we received a wonderful piece of good news for 150 families around Kijabe who are affected by HIV/AIDS. About a year ago, I (Andy) had a conversation with one of our health workers in the Hospital’s HIV/AIDS department (see footnote for more background on this). He was on his way to make a routine home visit to a teenager who was HIV positive. Sally was “positive” [name changed]...

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A not-quite homecoming (17/12/12)
Dec18

A not-quite homecoming (17/12/12)

We’ve arrived back in the States a couple of weeks ago and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but a good one, since we arrived.  It’s been great to reconnect with friends, family, and partners. Highlights so far: -Riley and Liam spending time with the ever-resourceful Nana in Boston–who organised a scavenger hunt for them in Barnes and Noble…with the participation of store management, no less -Riley clinging...

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Being a servant (8/12/12)
Dec09

Being a servant (8/12/12)

Dr Leland Albright, adopted grandfather to Riley and Liam, and our pediatric neurosurgeon at Kijabe Hospital (in that order) is not only leading a team which has made our Hospital #1 or #2 in the world for treating vulnerable children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida. He is also a deep thinker who gave an outstanding devotional this week at Chapel on servanthood. He gave me his permission to post it…enjoy. And read this in...

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Giving thanks (6/12/12)
Dec06

Giving thanks (6/12/12)

Marrying someone from another country means you marry a lot of their customs.  Some of them were big adjustments.  Hominy and liverwurst (liver sausage and grains drenched in maple syrup).  Birkenstocks.  The Beastie Boys (music?).  Some of them were delightful.  Ben & Jerry’s icecream.  Snow at Christmas time.  Gorgeous secluded campsites in every national park. But by far my favourite American tradition is Thanksgiving.  A...

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Mystery, planning, and Mother Teresa (15/11/12)
Nov14

Mystery, planning, and Mother Teresa (15/11/12)

We’re in the final countdown before we leave for our short furlough in the States and Australia:  finishing and handing over projects and putting everything in “self-sustaining” mode until we return. Administer Moffat final exam…check.  Finish Greek II assignments and take final exam…nearly check.  Handover project management of USAID grant…check.  Make final presentation to Kijabe board of elders...

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Squalling babies and holy privilege (11/11/12)
Nov11

Squalling babies and holy privilege (11/11/12)

It’s Sunday morning and I’m almost exactly half way through my last weekend on-call for pediatrics.  Knowing this is the last time for a few months that I will need to be available to instantly run to the hospital for 48 straight hours, I said to a friend at the beginning of the weekend – it doesn’t matter if I don’t get any sleep, this is my last weekend!  Do your worst! Which is, of course, exactly how...

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A quiet voice in the tumult (29/10/12)
Oct29

A quiet voice in the tumult (29/10/12)

We have just started the final week in my Spiritual Formation class at Moffat where we bring it all together…after discussing the classical spiritual exercises (fasting, solitude, daily office, etc) and the Biblical vision behind spiritual formation, we go back in time 1,500 years to study Benedict of Nursia, and the “Rule” of life he and his monks implemented as a conscious plan to keep God at the center of all that...

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Coming up for air (16/10/12)
Oct16

Coming up for air (16/10/12)

*gasps and takes a deep breath* It’s been a crazy few weeks.  Somehow everything has just coalesced into needing to be done all at once, and Andy and I have just been overtaken by a tidal wave of….  everything. I’ve had to study for my once-every-ten-years pediatric recertification exam in the US.  I was actually planning on letting that certification lapse, as I thought I’d be a pediatric emergency physician...

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The many-headed Hydra (1/10/12)
Oct01

The many-headed Hydra (1/10/12)

In Greek mythology, the Hydra had the body of a serpent and many heads, one of which could never be harmed by any weapon.  If any of the other heads were severed another would grow in its place, and the stench from the Hydra’s breath was enough to kill man or beast. When it emerged from the swamp it would attack herds of cattle and local villagers, devouring them with its numerous heads. – Encylopedia Mythica 14 years...

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