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When there is nothing more to do…

It was early Sunday morning and our team had been up late the night before operating on a premature infant with an intestinal blockage.  I am usually grateful when there is just one big problem to handle during a weekend of call, but that was not to be this weekend.  At about 4:00 am, I […]

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A thrill of hope…the weary world rejoices!

As we sang Christmas carols at our Christmas Eve church service, a familiar and heart-wrenching wailing began in the background, coming from the direction of the hospital.  We all know what this sound means…Someone has just lost a dearly loved one.  You see, it is rarely a “silent night” at a hospital. We have just […]

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My Grown Up Christmas List

Although there have been more recent releases, this song will always carry me back to the 1990’s and Amy Grant and a time when I thought I was much more grown-up than I really was!  I am not as optimistic or naive as I was then, but now that I really am a grown-up, I […]

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The Bygone Days of Summer

“Summer afternoon- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today and thought I would reflect on our recent summer.  I love summer.  I have never been one of those moms who is ready for school to start.  I […]

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Reaching Out

In previous posts and through other media forms I have tried to give a picture of the need for access to surgical care in rural Africa. Recently, this need was highlighted in a paper that was published in the Lancet and was subsequently reported on in the BBC. Please see this link to read more- No […]

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Father to the Fatherless

“It’s such an honor,” we are told, “for wazugu (white people) to be invited do the final layer of the house.” We are preparing for “mudding” a house. Traditional houses here are fashioned from simple scaffolding made of sticks which are then filled in with several layers of mud. A local women’s ministry (Tabitha Ministry) […]

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“Let us pray for our mothers…”

“Let us pray for our Mothers… Because sometimes they die giving birth.” This. A simple prayer request. Jolting in it’s content. But even more so because it was spoken by a 10-year-old boy, in his clear and crisp Kenyan-English accent, standing up bravely before a large church congregation. It was our first Sunday to attend […]

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A Kenyan Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This year, our Christmas has been quite different from years past.  While we have certainly missed family and familiar traditions, we are so grateful for the many new joys that God gave us here to make this season special.  We thought we would share some pictures to give you an idea of our Kenyan Christmas… […]

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TOP TEN Differences in my daily life in Kenya

(By two MKs) 10.  Sleeping under mosquito nets 9.  Having pets (so far…a dog, rabbit, 2 hamsters, and an occasional chameleon) 8.  Homeschooling 7.  Getting mail and PACKAGES!! 6. Rarely driving anywhere  (We walk to school, dukas (local shops), friends’ houses, etc.) 5.  Animal on the roads (donkey, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, zebras, baboons, even […]

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One Night on Call…

I am sweating and my heart is racing. Twinges of panic appear but are then suppressed by thoughts: “How are we going to stop this bleeding?”   “Where is it coming from?”   “What happens if we can’t- I know the answer to that.” More twinges of panic. “Lord…help…” Blood fills the wound through a large crack […]

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