Love in the time of Ebola (13/8/14)
Aug13

Love in the time of Ebola (13/8/14)

“The weak would never enter the kingdom of love.” – Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera Many of you have read in the news in the last few weeks about the Ebola virus and its spread in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with over 1000 deaths to date.   It’s a story that started as a whisper in West Africa and has grown as its impact has started to spread.  So I thought I’d update you, our...

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Got team?  (11/8/14)
Aug11

Got team? (11/8/14)

In the last four years, the number of SIM volunteers/missionaries/workers serving in the Kijabe area (Rift Valley Academy, Moffat Bible College, and Kijabe Hospital) has grown from 6 to 23.  40, if you include children. I am the Team Leader for the Kijabe missionaries during this time of four-fold increase, and I must say it’s been pretty awesome so far:  this group of people are just the most incredible human beings.  They are...

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Dedication of the water tank (10/8/14)
Aug10

Dedication of the water tank (10/8/14)

This is a post about gratitude, and taking time out to celebrate. This week, the Hospital held a dedication ceremony for the water tank and new TB clinic, inviting staff and the Hospital Board to give thanks for the successful completion of these projects.  We were on long-scheduled annual leave in Naivasha, and so I almost didn’t attend. It was a moving ceremony.  Short speeches by some of the Hospital leaders, formal...

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On home and centers of gravity (20/7/14)
Jul19

On home and centers of gravity (20/7/14)

Five of our SIM team members in Kijabe return home for a furlough over the next few weeks…it’s part of my work as team leader to do their “end of term” reviews before they go.  I deeply appreciate the privilege it is to do these EOTs, to reflect with them on their completed term in the field, and help them consider their goals for furlough. I have been really affected in the last few weeks during these EOTs by...

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Casualties (15/7/14)
Jul15

Casualties (15/7/14)

This week I’ve been meaning to blog about a mass casualty that happened last weekend – I was putting dinner in the oven when I got a phone call from surgeon Rich, advising me that a car had hit a bus on the highway up the hill, and so far 10 patients had arrived at the hospital. As you do in rural Africa, I got onto Twitter and sent a message out asking any available doctors to come in, and jumped in the car to go to the...

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A week and a bit in pictures… (12/7/14)
Jul13

A week and a bit in pictures… (12/7/14)

It’s been a week…yep, definitely a week.  I find it difficult to find the right adjective; there are just too many.  Exhilarating, difficult, fulfilling, busy, moving, encouraging.  So…here are some pictures to tell the story that I can’t find words for. We’re in the Commissioning Phase of the Water Project…filling the tank with water, conducting a hydrostatic test for leaks, checking for...

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Smash and grab (30/6/14)
Jun30

Smash and grab (30/6/14)

On Thursday, I got the flu that has been going around Kijabe…on Sunday, when I looked to be on the mend, we decided to head into Nairobi for a date with the kids. I wasn’t expecting the phone call I received from my neighbor around lunchtime, while I was reading a fairy story with Riley:  “Hi Andy…I think I have your camera.  And your laptop.  And your external hard drive.  And a mess of computer stuff.”...

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Prayer log:  July 2014
Jun30

Prayer log: July 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 generous financial partners who helped us to raise all we needed for our home repairs.  We start them next...

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New Hospital Quarterly Newsletter (30/6/14)
Jun30

New Hospital Quarterly Newsletter (30/6/14)

We’re pleased to post this link to the Hospital’s hot-off-the-press quarterly newsletter; produced by the brilliant Ann and Henry!  Have a read about: -a world-first neurosurgery performed here last month -the first South Sudanese graduating class of nurse anesthetists at Kijabe Hospital–doubling, in one class, the number of anesthesia providers in South Sudan -community health outreaches -and, of course…the...

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Of surgery, sanitation, and quilts (20/6/14)
Jun24

Of surgery, sanitation, and quilts (20/6/14)

About a year ago, I met Eva while visiting Pastor Paul’s new Vineyard church plant in nearby Kinale.  She had a debilitating thyroid condition requiring medication that she and her family couldn’t afford, and so we prayed with her.  Her physical issues weren’t the only presenting symptoms, and we also prayed for healing for some emotional and spiritual wounds she had suffered in recent years. Part of our work, and...

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