Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us. Here’s a snapshot of a few things we’re grateful for in the previous month, and what we need prayer for in the coming month.
We are grateful:
1. For the enthusiastic startup of two new spiritual formation groups: one for women docs and one for men (1).
2. For the launch of our new CT scanner, which is already providing crucial scanning services for the vulnerable in the Kijabe area. We now have one of the few CT scanners in East Africa outside of Nairobi.
3. For two children who delight and inspire us, and continue to be our greatest teachers.
4. For our financial partners: even though our budget has risen by 10% in the last year solely due to the falling Australian dollar, you have responded and we have almost made up the gap.
5. For the lack of any loss of life or serious injury when the Hospital lost power for six hours yesterday and experienced a fire which severely damaged our kitchen and cafeteria. For selflessness, good communication, and bravery amongst the team who fought the fire and cared for vulnerable patients.
Please pray for:
1. Financial need: our four wheel drive died in September and we were forced to carry out some major car repairs (including engine replacement). 4WD’s are essential ‘tools’ in rural Kenya, and driving is perhaps our most dangerous activity: would you pray with us that we would this large unbudgeted bill would be provided for?
2. Mardi, as she is tired and facing numerous challenges in meeting staffing needs and medical provision without the resources available to fill them. Prayer for strength, compassion, and wisdom.
3. Focus and clarity for both of us as we triage what projects and work we are able to undertake, and which we will have to say “no” to.
4. The transition of team leadership from Andy to another member of our 24-strong team of SIM workers in Kijabe. Andy has held a leadership position within SIM Kenya for four years, and is stepping back (as planned) to allow someone else to serve in this capacity.
5. The rebuilding of our kitchen and cafeteria, and replacement of the 55 fire extinguishers (all of them!) used to fight the fire.
(1) Both groups are reading the three-book series from James Bryan Smith which commences with The Good and Beautiful God. Thanks to the Beaches Vineyard who introduced us to these outstanding resources.