Growing up (12/6/14)
Jun12

Growing up (12/6/14)

Last week at school, the kids had a fun run – they were encouraged to sign up to run either a mile or half-mile with the goal of encouraging physical fitness.  Riley, two weeks prior, was very concerned that (a) she needed to train for the half-mile, which she did at once with Andy and (b) she did not have appropriate running attire, which was quickly rectified when I was able to find a bargain size 5 tank top and running pants...

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The gift of truth (7/6/14)
Jun07

The gift of truth (7/6/14)

Brenton, a general/family practice physician in London, is an old friend of ours. He is on his fourth trip to Kijabe to serve in the hospital for a few weeks. Coming from medicine in London to rural Africa is a massively confronting and whiplash-inducing experience, and doctors like Brenton who come and put themselves in the line of fire for a few weeks are our heroes. As I attended to a steady stream of patients in Kijabe Hospital’s...

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Will you help us fix our house?  (27/5/14)
May30

Will you help us fix our house? (27/5/14)

When we moved to Kijabe, we weren’t certain what our housing would be.  You see, missionaries and long-term humanitarian volunteers often have to supply their own accommodation.  We know several people who have had to raise upwards of $50k-$100,000 to build their own house from scratch, particularly if they lived in a remote area.  Even though labour is relatively cheap in Africa, materials and transport are costly, and this...

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Prayer Log:  June 2014
May29

Prayer Log: June 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 safe travels, good learning and many connections made with other medical missionaries at the annual...

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Fight or flight (24/5/14)
May24

Fight or flight (24/5/14)

After a wonderful time of learning, and then relaxing and enjoying each other as a family in Greece, we returned to Kenya on Monday rested and rejuvenated.  I felt renewed in my passion for my work at the hospital, and reminded of the privilege of being a part of an ongoing international conspiracy of restoration. As we returned, the realities of life-on-the-edge did not hesitate to greet us. It has been quite a full-on week. On a...

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Water tank construction progress (22/5/14)
May22

Water tank construction progress (22/5/14)

The water tank continues to rise.  At our weekly projects coordination group meeting today, I think it finally hit us that a) this new water tank is actually real, b) it will be completed soon, and c) when it is filled with water, we will have more water than Kijabe Hospital has ever had in storage in its history.  In one tank. There was a fair amount of rejoicing at today’s meeting. Now that the foundation is complete and...

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700 drops in the ocean (19/5/14)
May19

700 drops in the ocean (19/5/14)

Every two years, the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) holds a 2 week medical education conference specifically tailored for medical missionaries around the world.  A time for often-isolated medical professionals to come together and update critical certifications in Advanced Pediatric and Adult and Obstetric Life Support, and to hear from medical experts about the latest consensus in illness and injury in the...

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Slow down to speed up (17/5/14)
May17

Slow down to speed up (17/5/14)

Construction on the water tank is going like gangbusters:  while we’ve been at Mardi’s CMDA conference in Greece and on a short holiday, I’ve been receiving daily progress reports and photos from the contractor.  We’ve been enjoying some much-needed rest and rejuvenation, but I have been a bit torn…I do love construction.  Ah, well. I am pleased with the progress in my absence; clearly, I need to stay...

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Hails and farewells (30/4/14)
Apr30

Hails and farewells (30/4/14)

There’s a long tradition in the US Navy of recognizing departing officers and welcoming new ones.  Called a “Hail and Farewell” (from the Latin ave atque vale, the last line in an old Roman poem), they’re a good way to maintain morale and continuity in the face of the constant, unrelenting change that is life on a submarine.  I looked forward to them when I was a junior officer on the USS Maine–they were...

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Prayer Log:  May 2014
Apr28

Prayer Log: May 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 hugely encouraging visit by a team from the Beaches Vineyard Church. 2.  For a refreshing time at SIM...

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