Giving ourselves permission to not be OK (29/10/14)
Oct30

Giving ourselves permission to not be OK (29/10/14)

Here’s some titles from top-selling Christian books on Amazon: “Every Day a Friday” “You Can, You Will:  8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner” “The 7 Most Powerful Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever!” “Living Life Without Limits” No kidding, these are real books.  And they are huge sellers.  What do they have in common?  They are representative of an almost total loss (both in the West and Africa) of a sense of rhythm and...

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Prayer Log:  November 2014
Oct29

Prayer Log: November 2014

Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement…we rely on them.  Here’s the top things on our minds for the next month, and some feedback from answered prayers from our last month. Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us! Looking back… We are grateful: 1.  For great visits with four separate groups of family and friends.  Also that things will be settling down a...

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A Kenyan bbq in pictures (16/10/14)
Oct16

A Kenyan bbq in pictures (16/10/14)

My father and his wife, Beth, are here visiting for a week, following Dad’s successful summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.  Seriously, does this man set a high bar for 65 year olds or what? We threw a nyama choma (Kenyan bbq) to celebrate their visit and introduce some of our friends and colleagues.  Apologies to those whom we did not get around to inviting; it was a chaotic lead up to the choma and I forgot my own name there for awhile....

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3 good reasons (4/10/14)
Oct04

3 good reasons (4/10/14)

This gorgeous boy is Lekishon.  A little 3 year old bundle of dimples who came in with a pneumonia that quickly progressed to a confusing paralysis.  After 2 weeks in the ICU, he is starting again to move his feet, his eyelids and apparently his mouth enough for a little smirk. This sleepy princess is Precious – in name and in nature.  At 8am on Monday she was brought in by her mother gasping and convulsing, to the only hospital...

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Hot off the press:  latest Kijabe Hospital newsletter (30/9/14)
Sep30

Hot off the press: latest Kijabe Hospital newsletter (30/9/14)

Including a welcome letter from the Medical Director, here’s the latest edition of the Hospital’s newsletter! Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable place and have a read about the amazing things that are happening here: -our new ENT clinic, entirely staffed by SIM workers:  audiologist, ENT surgeon, and speech pathologist! -a story of a man who bounced from one hospital to another looking for a correct diagnosis of hand...

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Prayer Log:  October 2014
Sep29

Prayer Log: October 2014

Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement…we rely on them.  Here’s the top things on our minds for the next month, and some feedback from answered prayers from our last month. Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us! Looking back… We are grateful: 1.  For a great first-ever planning retreat with the hospital doctors. 2.  For fruitful Ebola preparations and...

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Smokey the Bear (28/9/14)
Sep28

Smokey the Bear (28/9/14)

  “What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.” – Dwight Eisenhower In September 2013, as I took on the medical director role, the outgoing director handed me a symbolic firefighter’s hat.  In a hospital that runs minute to minute, shilling to shilling, it was a strikingly appropriate gesture – knowing that every day there would be a sudden crisis – a staff member quitting, a...

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6 crazy weeks (31/8/14)
Aug31

6 crazy weeks (31/8/14)

July and August is a really transitional time in Kijabe – the RVA school year ends for a northern hemispheric summer break.  This is a natural time for for families to end their volunteer term in Kenya, or to visit their home countries, so Kijabe has the bustle of a busy airport for a few days as people pack and tidy, farewell and tie up loose ends. After the hecticness of transition, the remaining families often describe this...

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Prayer log:  September 2014
Aug28

Prayer log: September 2014

Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement…we rely on them.  Here’s the top things on our minds for the next month, and some feedback from answered prayers from our last month. Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us! Looking back… We are grateful: 1.  For the successful testing, commissioning, and dedication of the new water tank.  Water is flowing! 2.  For...

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Of gunshots and steaming toilets (23/8/14)
Aug23

Of gunshots and steaming toilets (23/8/14)

On Wednesday, my phone rang.  “I’ve just heard a dozen gunshots outside, I’ve ducked and run inside, but we don’t know what’s happening.” It was Mardi:  we were in Nairobi to run some errands.  We had been having lunch in a shopping mall and I had popped out to go to a bank about 200 metres away.  My mind raced…was this another Westgate-style mall terrorist takeover?  What’s my best...

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