Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We are excited to be part of God's plan of redemption in a magnificent land. Back in the 1920's, the Lord brought Scottish Presbyterian missionaries to the Central Kenyan Highlands, just east of Mount Kenya. They started a medical outpost there. Over the next 80 years, they and the Kenyans built a 300-bed hospital and two fine boarding schools. All were very effective in spreading the Gospel throughout the area. After 80 years, the Scots moved their Mission to a different country, and the Kenyans have been running the hospital and schools themselves. PCEA Chogoria Hospital is a well-run facility with a very good reputation, but very few fully-trained mission-minded doctors remain there.
We are convinced that the Lord would have us move to Chogoria to assist the Medical Missions Ministry there, and especially to help start an advanced medical training program. This program will function in partnership with Kabarak University and Tenwek Missions Hospital, and will train East African medical professionals for medical missions service throughout the continent.
We strongly believe that the Lord has been preparing us for this role. Jim has been training medical students, interns, and residents for over 15 years, and he was the Program Director of an Emergency Medicine residency for seven years. He earned three national teaching awards as well as many local teaching awards. Jim's trainees have also won many national competitions and serve in positions of leadership and service nationally and internationally. He has served and taught in Kenya, Cameroon, and Afghanistan. A recognized speaker, he has lectured on international medical ethics to many groups including national medical meetings, high school and college groups, and the Pentagon.
Martha has homeschooled our six children for seventeen years, served in leadership in many local ministries such as Awanas, homeschool co-ops, and Venture Crew. She has lived in Puerto Rico, Korea, Holland, and Italy, and has a deep love of service.
Helen, though only 15 year old, has completed all required credits for High School, and is very excited about moving to Chogoria. She has an interest in medicine, and will be an apprentice with Jim at the hospital.
Meredith and James are also very excited about the move to Africa. Though they are sad about leaving their friends (and dog and cats) here, they anticipate meeting new friends in Kenya.