When we returned to Kijabe in June 2013 after our first home assignment, ground had been broken on the new Bethany Kids Children’s Center. Three years later, this wonderful project has been completed – 76 beds for sick children, including 8 “high dependency / intensive care” beds for critical children who would have no way to survive without them. This has been a labour of love – international donors making this USD$3m+ project possible, engineers volunteering for years away from the US to see this project from inception to delivery, suitcases of donated decals and lovingly handmade quilts couriered over by visitors.
It is a joy to have a facility that is bright and colourful and intentionally designed for the best patient care. There are things still incomplete and imperfect – our new medical gas plant means that some beds can’t yet be opened, delayed cornicing means corner plaster is already being chipped, some bedding is delayed in transit – but this beautiful, imperfect, already-but-not-yet facility encapsulates for me the joy and messiness of working in an imperfect world in which God’s kingdom is still breaking through. And I’m grateful for it.