Eulogy (31/12/14)
Jan01

Eulogy (31/12/14)

In September 2011, I stood in front of a class of first year Moffat Bible College students for the first time. The class:  Intro to Spiritual Formation.  I was uncertain, nervous, sweating.  Would I be able to transcend the cultural differences between this ex-submariner and these African pastors and chaplains?  Would the principles of spiritual formation that I had learned in Western contexts ‘take’ in a non-Western culture? I had...

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Christmas letter 2014 (25/12/14)
Dec31

Christmas letter 2014 (25/12/14)

We sent a copy of our 2014 Christmas letter to our partners about a week ago.  If you haven’t received it or seen it yet, you can view it...

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The most beautiful construction site in the world? (20/12/14)
Dec20

The most beautiful construction site in the world? (20/12/14)

I walked the 300 metres downhill of the Hospital yesterday to attend a site meeting on the Sanitation Project, and was delighted to see how quickly the excavation works on the treatment ponds are coming along.  Surely this is the most beautiful construction site in the world–how many sanitation projects overlook the Rift Valley, two volcanoes, and a vast expanse of sky?  Not that I’m biased. This project is one of those...

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Person of the Year:  Ebola docs and special forces
Dec15

Person of the Year: Ebola docs and special forces

We were delighted to see Time Magazine give their “2015 Person of the Year” award this year to doctors and nurses working on the front lines of the Ebola crisis. When I heard of this award, my first thought was that it was a rare example of alignment between popular media and truth on the ground.  In Africa it is very difficult for the full reality, the big picture on the ground to percolate up to the attention of the 24...

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Mr James (a post by Riley) (30/11/14)
Nov30

Mr James (a post by Riley) (30/11/14)

Riley wanted to write about her visit to the ICU today to see James, the man we found lying in the middle of the highway with severe injuries, and wrote a bit about earlier this week.  Here is what she typed, all by herself 🙂 Mr. james We found Mr. james on the Road with his head bleeding. My mum got out of the car and Helped him. We had a first aid kit To help him.Me,Liam and my dad Left.My mom called an ambulance. I felt very bad...

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Lazy Sunday (24/11/14)
Nov24

Lazy Sunday (24/11/14)

This weekend was a much needed break from work…Saturday, the school Pinewood Derby race, then a catchup with friends in Nairobi for dinner and a stay overnight.  Sunday, sleep in, go to church, return to Kijabe, a restful afternoon. At least, a restful afternoon was the plan. About ten minutes before our turnoff from the highway down the mountain to Kijabe, we drove past a matatu (minibus) in a ditch, upside down.  A crowd had...

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Spiritual formation group #2 (11/16/14)
Nov16

Spiritual formation group #2 (11/16/14)

What does an orthopedic surgeon, ear nose and throat surgeon, two engineers, a family practice doc, and a photographer/storyteller, from four different countries, have in common? They’re part of our second spiritual formation group this year, which kicked off a ten week introductory period last week. I love these groups, and being a part of them…it never ceases to amaze how the spiritual disciplines and intentional...

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Core infrastructure:  Sanitation Phase 2 Groundbreaking! (14/11/14)
Nov14

Core infrastructure: Sanitation Phase 2 Groundbreaking! (14/11/14)

Goodbye old, broken, way too small, and overflowing-when-it-rains septic tanks!  Hello, 21st century sanitation system. Last year we reached the milestone of 50% construction completion on Phase 1 of the Kijabe Sanitation Project:  decommissioning the old septic tanks and constructing new effluent pipelines and manholes to carry the Hospital waste downhill to a new wastewater treatment facility. We engaged local tradesmen and people...

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Patrick (10/11/14)
Nov10

Patrick (10/11/14)

He enters the world with a cry And this little life, this sculpted being Is a Picasso. Twelve fingers, twelve toes Abstract heart A cacophony of connections A window of belly to naked bowel A confusion of creation. We dress for battle Helmet of oxygen Needles for spears Rations of salty sugary fluids – Engaging impending death With determination that we should Win. For two days we fight Parry and thrust Charge and retreat With...

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A prayer (1/11/14)
Nov01

A prayer (1/11/14)

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expressed our faith. No confession brings...

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