Caroling on the paeds ward (19/12/13)

Today was a busy day:  an unplanned trip to Nairobi for a 3 hour-turned-5 1/2 hour hospital visit for Riley and Mardi, Mardi managing a bursting-at-the-seams hospital struggling to cope with the current public hospital strike, me drafting a recommendation and evaluation report for the Hospital to award the construction contract for our new 600 cubic meter (159,000 gallons) steel water tank before Christmas (hooray!), developing lectures for the new leadership class at Moffat, and doing the last of twenty four annual reviews (whew) for the volunteers/missionaries that fall under my leadership here in Kenya.

The best part of my day?  Turning my attention away from outcomes and deliverables and going into the Hospital tonight at 7pm to do some caroling on the paediatric ward:  Babies screaming, nurses bustling, children with hydrocephalus waiting for surgery, doctors in our caroling group greeting patients by name whom they’ve just treated.  There’s nothing quite like taking the focus off of myself and onto serving someone else to help center and ground me in the joy, the peace, and life of the Kingdom-among-us.

Colleagues at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide in 2010, and now serving together (for three weeks) as Lesley takes her third trip in two years to Kijabe to relieve our long term docs

Colleagues at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide in 2010, and now serving together (for three weeks) as Lesley takes her third trip in two years to Kijabe to relieve our long term docs

Contagious joy

Contagious joy

Riley just LOVES attention from strangers

Riley just LOVES attention from strangers

Scott and Jennifer, two of our heroes

Scott and Jennifer, two of our heroes

Merry Christmas indeed, Daniel

Merry Christmas indeed, Daniel

Patients joining in

Patients joining in

From caroling in Adelaide three weeks ago to caroling in Kijabe...

From caroling in Adelaide three weeks ago to caroling in Kijabe…

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Mardi and nurse Mercy at the nurses station

Mardi and nurse Mercy at the nurses station

About to carol

About to carol

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