- Arrival June 30: safety in travel, ease with my visa and customs ; that God would prepare my heart, soul and mind for adjusting to a new culture and living overseas
- July 27: one month in! Would you pray for energy, patience, eagerness, strength, wisdom, excitement as I prepare for guests of Tenwek Hospital: that God would use me to prepare the way for visiting staff to meet the Lord in this place. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, Jesus prepares the way before us, we prepare the way as we anxiously wait for the Lord who is surely coming. Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. (Malachi 3:1)
- August 25: Would you pray that God would give me a hospitable spirit and generosity of heart toward the visitors that cycle in and out of Tenwek. Would you pray for deep and meaningful friendships with the long term missionaries, that God would provide companionship in unexpected places.
- September 23: I can’t believe I’ve been living in Kenya for 3 months. Time is moving faster than I can keep up! Would you pray that God would give me daily wisdom to intentionally stop walking and carefully examine my life: looking behind to reflect, looking forward to watch where I am headed, looking around to celebrate who God is and his goodness in our lives. Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
- November 1: Even though these bullet points are just that, high-level snapshots of my life, I love reading over them and thanking God that he provides, even before we ask him! Would you pray for spiritual protection in my work and in my friendships with my Kenyan colleagues. Would you pray for discernment in navigating cultural work differences, setting healthy boundaries in my job, deeper friendships with my co-workers and that God would renew all things, even here at the Tenwek guest house!
- December 6: Headed back to the USofA for Christmas in just TWO weeks!! Would you pray my anticipation of traveling home doesn’t consume or distract me from the good work God has given me for today. Would you pray that instead, my anticipation would be toward the coming of the KING in this Advent season. Would you pray that as God prepares my heart for the arrival of Christmas, he would also prepare my heart for my arrival home. Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)
I’m thankful to be fully funded to cover my budget, but I can still receive donations if you would like to share in my mission trip to Kenya. Any additional funds will be used as donations to the ministries at Tenwek Hospital. To give, use this link. All donations are tax-deductible.
Where are you? Tenwek Hospital is a 300-bed Christian mission hospital located in the rural highlands of Bomet, Kenya, 150 miles northwest of Nairobi. The hospital motto, “We Treat – Jesus Heals,” is Tenwek’s guiding belief and the hope that is offered to each patient. Founded in 1937, today Tenwek serves 600,000 Kipsigis people in the Bomet region and receives referrals from throughout Kenya and surrounding East African countries. Its staff of more than 500 serves 13,000 inpatients and 130,000 outpatients each year.
What is Friends of Tenwek? Friends of Tenwek (FOT), the organization that hired me, is a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to developing key relationships and resources that can help Tenwek Hospital fulfill its mission. FOT is committed to fostering connections among U.S. physicians and other medical and missionary personnel who have served at Tenwek.
What is your job? My role as the FOT Ambassador is to represent the organization in the field in Kenya. This involves connecting Kenyans, missionaries and visiting staff to FOT, while also serving as a liaison to the hospital’s administrative leaders. My day-to-day might include hosting welcome dinners or giving tours for visiting staff, developing social media content or other written communication for the FOT newsletter and managing FOT grant requests from the hospital.
How do I contact you? Facebook, What’s App, email, iMessage (I still have my U.S. number), you name it!