What medieval monks can teach us about despair (3/2/17)
Feb03

What medieval monks can teach us about despair (3/2/17)

We sent out a letter to our partnership team a couple of days ago to update them on the current health crisis in Kenya and its impact on us.  If you are a partner and didn’t receive this, please let us know. The outpouring of encouragement we received back was heartening, reminding us again how much of a team sport our lives are here.   A few of our friends said something along the lines of ‘we just don’t know how...

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Hope (25/1/17)
Jan25

Hope (25/1/17)

Today, Brandon was born. 11 weeks too soon, 3 days after his mum’s waters broke.  550 grams (1 pound) in weight, urgently delivered by c-section.  As I stand near the operating theatre, the obstetric team hands me a bundle that is much smaller than we expect.  The clinical officer and I have agreed in advance – if he’s not breathing because he’s too small, we’ll try to help him breathe and see what...

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A letter to my wife, on the occasion of our 36th anniversary (16/1/17)
Jan16

A letter to my wife, on the occasion of our 36th anniversary (16/1/17)

I wrote this letter to Mardi for our anniversary today.  Because we live so far from most friends and family, I am unable to present this letter as a toast at a group celebration, and decided to publish it instead.  Will you please be upstanding and raise a glass with me?  To Mardi! Today is the 18th anniversary of our American wedding.  Despite being the second time to marry you in as many weeks, it didn’t feel strange at the...

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Strike Impact (6/1/17)
Jan06

Strike Impact (6/1/17)

As I arrive at the bedside I am struck By how cold this kid is. Something’s gone wrong and her skin hangs as her eyes stay closed and her breath rattles This skeletal little girl Was already starved And now her bowels Let loose remaining liquids Needle crushes bone Fluids fly in And we’re chasing, running Trying to catch up Because hearts only pump when there’s something to pump. Maybe she’ll live – Our...

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