We’re the Steeres. We live in Kijabe, Kenya, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley.
In 2005 we encountered God’s heart for people who are trapped in a systemic cycle of oppression and violence. It was an experience of a grief deeper than words, and a love so intense it took our breaths away. We’ve never been the same.
We began to ask, “what now, Lord?”. We had our eyes opened: the HIV/AIDS pandemic has orphaned nearly 18 million children worldwide. One in three people around the globe do not have access to basic sanitation. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 16 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed regions, with more than half of these deaths due to conditions that could be prevented or treated if they had access to simple, affordable interventions.
We had a growing conviction that with our understanding of how deeply God loves and grieves over his suffering creation, combined with the gifts and opportunities we had been given, we needed to act concretely. Some call this a ‘calling’. You can call it what you like.
In 2011, we sold up. Sold our house, our cars, and moved to Kenya. We didn’t know much of anything other than that Mardi had been invited to serve as a volunteer pediatrician at AIC Kijabe Hospital, and there was a school for our children to attend.
It’s 2017 now, and a lot has changed. Mardi has worked on improving pediatric care for 6 years, and during that time was the Medical Director of the hospital from 2013-2016. Andy splits his time between building management and leadership capacity amongst those serving the poor and building spiritual friendships with doctors and pastors who are keen to “know Christ” as they share in his sufferings (Phil 3:10). We’ve experienced serious illness in the family, devastating terror attacks, threats of Ebola and cholera, and numerous challenges we never thought we’d ever have to face.
But through it all, one thing has remained constant: an understanding that God truly is love. That in his unconditional, unchanging, willing-to-look-foolish-in-order-to-be-with-us kind of love (Luke 15, story of the two brothers), we find our identity. And, secure in this identity, we want to be ‘with God’ in loving and serving people who are unlovable, desperately needy, and who don’t ‘exist’ to most of us.
Our key aim in this site is to point beyond our work in Kijabe to a Father whose love “…doesn’t care if it looks foolish. [which] only asks that it be allowed to love at whatever cost.” (Murray Pura).
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