A week (and a bit) in pictures (12/11/13)
I’ve been asked recently to write less and take more photos…and I am delighted to comply! Enjoy.
Nothing like your average, ordinary commute to work…returning to Kijabe yesterday from a meeting in Naivasha, I noticed several kids waving wildly and jumping up and down as I rattled by on the rough dirt track. I soon saw what they were helpfully trying to alert me to: flash flooding from recent rains had washed out a 10 metre wide section of the road. Time to turn around and find another way up the mountain.
It’s the end of term at Moffat, and that means final exams for my 25 Spiritual Formation students…this is the view from the invigilator’s desk this morning. I just like saying that word…for you Americans, invigilator = British English for exam proctor, which just sounds a bit too…body part-related for me.
We had two of our pediatric surgeons graduate from their fellowships a few days ago…a moving ceremony. Congrats to Situma & Lebbie, lovely guys and outstanding doctors, who will return to their home countries of Uganda & Sierra Leone to be the second and the only pediatric surgeons in those countries, respectively. Yes, you read that correctly…there are now two pediatric surgeons in all of Uganda, and one in Sierra Leone, courtesy of the training program at Kijabe Hospital with Bethany Kids. In his speech, Lebbie mentioned that in his medical school class of 19 students, 90% left SL for greener pastures and now work in countries such as the US or UK…he is one of three who chose to stay and serve his people. To the far left is Erik, our chief pediatric surgeon, head of the peds surgical training program, expert pig butcherer, fellow SIM guy, good friend, and father to Hale, one of Liam’s good buddies from Kindy.
Construction on our new pediatrics wing is around 50% complete, and I was privileged to help give a tour to the major donor to the project. Here we are, enjoying Jim Taubitz’s (far right) animated tour of the construction site. Jim and his wife Jullie are engineers here through Engineering Ministries International who are project managing the peds wing construction…and are from Michigan! We are grateful to have them here.
I was paid a surprise visit today by one of my Moffat students from 2011, Francis. We talked and laughed, and I was deeply encouraged by his growing depth of character and ministry effectiveness in his local church. He is in his third of four years at Moffat, and wants to graduate, take a position as a local pastor in a nearby rural area, and continue in his theological education. What a delight it was to talk with him today and observe his commitment to his local community.
It was 2005, during a tour in Israel that we first met this man, whose stories of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa ripped the ceiling off of our comfortable lives and ruined us forever. To use his words, we went to bed content, and woke up dissatisfied. Elder statesman, prophet, preacher, encourager, enthusiastic cheerleader…we are incredibly privileged to have Lorenzo Agnes as spiritual parent, friend, and style maven. What a treat it was to Skype him this last weekend.
SIM Australia’s American Stan, with Liam’s RVA big brothers British Matthew and Mozambiquan Jonathan, who was born in the hospital in Mutare, Zimbabwe where Mardi did her medical elective in 1997. Worlds collide. Dinner with Stan Richey, National Ministry Director with SIM Australia, who visited us this last weekend.
We were delighted to receive a care package from Mikael in Boston, MA today…thank you Mikael! You now have two best friends in Riley and Liam.
I have been told that I should post more photos of us “doing life”, not only work…so here you go. In a brief lull between my two weeks of gastro, Mike and I mountain biked the 40km’s to Lake Naivasha, enjoying scenery and solitude so beautiful, their description defies words.
Also, we had a site visit for the contractors interested in building our new water storage tanks this last Friday…about six showed up, and I led them on a visit to the two potential sites for our new tanks. It was encouraging to see their interest, and we hope to start construction soon. We are grateful for the pro bono technical advice and engineering support provided by the companies of Inside Infrastructure and Aurecon in Adelaide, South Australia, without which this project wouldn’t be possible.