Tutaonana baadaye, America (27/8/15)
Aug28

Tutaonana baadaye, America (27/8/15)

We will see each other later, America.  It seems fitting to say it in Swahili, our adopted second language. We board a plane to return to Kijabe tomorrow, and our hearts are full as we depart one of our two countries of origin.  When we arrived at the end of June, it had been 2.5 years since we had been back to the States as a family, which we can’t quite believe. When we boarded the plane in Nairobi ten weeks ago, I started to...

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2015 Annual Update
Jul15

2015 Annual Update

For old partners and new, if you missed this in your inbox a few weeks ago, here’s what we’ve accomplished together in the last twelve months in Kijabe 🙂  You can read our 2015 Annual Report and Projects Update...

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Prayer Log:  June
May29

Prayer Log: June

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 deeply encouraging and joyful week of celebrating 100 years of compassionate health care and ministry at...

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Building people (21/5/15)
May21

Building people (21/5/15)

During the Centennial celebrations this week we’ve had the opportunity to spend time with representatives from the Barnett family, who were among the founding missionary doctors of the Hospital.  Dr Arthur Barnett and his wife Peg were married in 1941 and the next day boarded a ship for Theodora Hospital–the original Hospital–located on the grounds of the Rift Valley Academy.   En route to Kenya, their ship was sunk...

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Living letters (19/5/15)
May19

Living letters (19/5/15)

We’re celebrating Kijabe Hospital’s Centennial this week, the culmination of more than a year’s preparation and planning by Mardi and many others.  All sorts of last-minute things things are happening…the outside of the hospital getting a lick and a polish with mortar repairs of aged concrete, new signs getting put up here and there, a new gate being furiously constructed.  And despite being mopped clean every...

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10 questions to ask before sending a medical missions team (7/5/15)
May07

10 questions to ask before sending a medical missions team (7/5/15)

I’ve read a few articles lately about how short-term teams are negatively impacting children in orphanages, how shoddy building projects mock underemployed communities, how quick-fixes can cause long term damage. As someone who is regularly on the receiving end of short-term visitors, let me say this – I am hugely grateful for people who want to go, serve, and encourage, and I believe there are ways to do it well.  So...

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Prayer Log:  May 2015
Apr27

Prayer Log: May 2015

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 Spirit-led relationship alignment retreat between Bethany Kids and Kijabe Hospital last month.  Thank...

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Remembering (25/4/15)
Apr25

Remembering (25/4/15)

1915 was a year of significant events. Orson Welles was born.  An earthquake in Italy killed 30,000 people.  The US House of Representatives rejected a bill which would have given women the right to vote. Europe was in the middle of World War I, and Allied forces were focussed on getting control of the strategic Dardanelles; the strait that provides a Mediterranean sea route to the then-Russian Empire.  Following Winston...

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Reaching out (10/4/15)
Apr10

Reaching out (10/4/15)

Imagine, if you will, a community of 40,000 people – the number of people in Tamworth, NSW or Panama City, FL.  Imagine those people spread over 11,000Km2 – mostly arid desert and gorse scrubland dotted with occasional small villages.  Imagine that you are the only doctor in the area, fresh out of medical school without any residency training, to care for all of them.  It was to a tiny rural hospital in these conditions...

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Easter mourning (5/4/15)
Apr05

Easter mourning (5/4/15)

This morning was the first Easter Sunday service I’ve attended that was somber.  Instead of cranking the normal high energy of our church to an “Easter” level, two days after the worst terrorist attack in Kenya in twenty years, people’s faces were etched with grief: Easter Sunday 2015 Mamlaka Hill Chapel after Garissa attacks from Andrew Steere on Vimeo. The stories are coming in:  148 gunned down and 79...

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