After 2 years this past April, I transitioned out of my role in Resource Mobilization at the hospital. There were many reasons for my decision to do so, including the fact that I had taken the role as far as I myself could. I really enjoyed helping the hospital to rebrand their logo and build their website. I especially loved communicating the story of this place and leveraging the support of individuals around the world to engage in this ministry. You only have to take a short walk through the corridors of the hospital to know how special the work being done here is. Its mission to serve the most vulnerable patients from across Kenya, East Africa, and beyond is both inspiring and a miraculous outpouring of the Holy Sprit. Sick and often desperate individuals turn up on the doorstep of the hospital, with the hope that they will be treated despite their inability to pay. Kijabe Hospital keeps its patient fees as low as possible in an attempt to serve as many people as possible. No matter where we have traveled to throughout Kenya, everyone knows about Kijabe. Kenyans recognize this place for its excellence in healthcare, medical training, and compassion. It truly is a city on a hill; a light in the darkness.
Towards the beginning of our time in Kijabe, the hospital invited Beth Fischer (videographer, producer and story teller, from Oregon and one of my best friends) to come and help communicate the heart of this place. Every time I look at this video, my heart swells. This piece was produced by Beth primarily for individuals who might be considering giving of their time or resources to help contribute to Kijabe Hospital.
Since April, being devoid of a tangible role, I have been practicing what my friend, Amanda Hansen calls, the “Ministry of Availability!” This involves being available to invite and help settle our short-term volunteers, focusing more on the kids, and supporting Mike in his work. This has been quite a challenge for me! I do not do well without something to engage in outside the home, but I have felt God saying to wait…and wait I have, albeit climbing the walls at times and feeling without purpose. There are some potential opportunities for me to get involved with in Kijabe and once we get back after our summer break, I will pursue those. For now, I continue to be available to…
And chatting with Mama Gerry! Mama Gerry works in our home, from 8am-12pm, Monday to Friday. It is not uncommon for working Kenyans to have someone help them with housework, cooking, baking, cleaning etc. Mama Gerry has been working for us for the past 2 years and we love her! She is the most Godly woman I have ever met and is constantly in prayer for her family and ours. She is pure light and joy and we are so grateful for her presence in our home.
I also helped remind my brother, Stephen, and his wife, Anna, of the infallible “swaddle method” of wrapping a baby, via What’s App! Michael and Jane both loved to be swaddled and Mike was the king of swaddling…and so…this step by step guide ensued!
And so ends my 7 day challenge to document daily life in Kijabe. It’s been a particularly hard season, which Mike alluded to in some of his more recent posts. I think we both feel a little depleted, and in my case, unproductive. If you think of us, please do continue to pray for our time in Kenya – some specific requests include:
- Endurance and energy for Mike in work.
- An unfolding of God’s plans for our future.
- Purpose and opportunities to engage in work outside the home, for Ann.
- Continued protection over Michael’s health and good management of his diabetes.
- Increasing confidence in Jane with her reading.
- A refreshing and rejuvenating visit to Ireland this summer.
Thank you, thank you, for your words of encouragement to us – we love to read your comments on our blog, emails from home, and updates from each one of you. God bless you all.