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Bumps Ahead
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Mountaintop Experience – Our Hike Up Kilimanjaro
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Winding Down
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Don’t Pray for My Safety
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Remembering…
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The Elephants are Coming!
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Disaster at Tenwek
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Broken hearted….again
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Corrections/Updates & An Urgent Prayer Request

Bumps Ahead

The conversation went something like this.  Steph is driving and I am learning how to use my new phone/handheld super computer. Steph: “There was a bump.” Me: “There was??” Steph: “Yup.  There was a sign for it and then a bump.  Didn’t you feel it?” Me: “Ummm….no.” The entire situation seemed somewhat comical to us because many of the “bumps” in the U.S. just don’t seem like much compared to the car-eating potholes we’ve grown accustomed to in Kenya. We have now been in America for almost a week.  As expected, there have been some bumps along the way and we are certain there are many more coming.  Having a few days in Windsor at Legoland was helpful.  Kenya was a British colony so our brief[…]

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Mountaintop Experience – Our Hike Up Kilimanjaro

Our time at Tenwek is rapidly drawing to a close.  Several months ago some of the guys had an idea to go on some type of an adventure before our time here ended.  A hike up Africa’s tallest mountain (Kilimanjaro) was the agreed upon destination.  This past week that hike occurred and what an experience it was.  There were four of us from Tenwek plus another missionary from Narok and a friend from the states.  We were also matched up with a gentleman from the states who has been living in Dar es Salaam for the past year.  Here is a brief summary of our trip.   Day 1 – Bus ride from Nairobi, Kenya to Moshi, Tanzania After a semi-restful night at a guest[…]

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Winding Down

Yesterday I walked down from the hospital after my last clinical shift at Tenwek.  It’s hard to believe that our time in Kenya is quickly coming to an end.  We moved here in January 2013 and have experienced some of life’s biggest highs and lows.  I don’t think I can accurately portray the mix of emotions we are feeling now and will be feeling soon.  In our 2 1/2 years here, we have made deep friendships with other missionaries as well as with many Kenyans.  I have had the privilege of working along side amazing clinicians from Kenya, from the U.S., and from around the world.  This past week has been filled with goodbye speeches, well wishes, and even a going away party with my outpatient[…]

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Don’t Pray for My Safety

I’m sure most of you have read about the events going on in Garissa, Kenya.  The last article I read was reporting that as many as 150 people have been killed and an unknown number have been taken hostage.  Similar to prior attacks, it is being reported that Christians were selectively targeted for execution.  This is just the latest episode of increased violence, not just in Kenya (which is now #19 on the world watch list for persecution) but around the world, targeting Christians for their faith.  Whether it is a shooting, beheading, prison time, torture, or abuses of various types, Christians are suffering continually around the world.   None of this is a surprise though.  Scripture makes it abundantly clear that followers of Jesus[…]

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Remembering…

It is amazing how a seemingly insignificant date on a calendar can affect someone so deeply. While March 14th used to be just another day of the year…except for some pi day jokes, it now is a date I will never forget. There is never a day that goes by in which I don’t think about and miss Hannah, but this one is different. Her short life has left a lasting impact on me both as a father and as a person in general. As a family, we have now had more time without her than we ever had with her yet each one of us is different for the time we had with her. We remember that today especially. March 14th is now a[…]

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The Elephants are Coming!

This has been a typically atypical week in casualty. We have had some of our standard medical and trauma patients but the past couple days have been pretty interesting. Here is a very brief overview.   We typically see open fractures in casualty from a variety of traumatic mechanisms. This week though we saw a middle aged woman who came in after a small fall onto a hillside in which she rolled her ankle. Typically this would case a severe sprain or maybe a minor fracture. Amazingly, this woman came in with an open fracture-dislocation. My clinical officer and I quickly attempted a reduction but due to severe pain we had to postpone and perform an ankle block first. Thankfully with an extra set of[…]

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Disaster at Tenwek

Well after a couple years of meetings, months of intense planning, and hundreds of man hours Tenwek finally saw it’s first planned disaster.  As many of you are aware, during my two year EMS fellowship I had a primary focus of emergency preparedness/disaster management.  Honestly I wasn’t sure if or how this would be useful on the mission field.  After arriving here, however, I found that there was a disaster management committee that was working on plans and procedures for a mass casualty incident (MCI). Fast-forward two+ years and we have a completely revised disaster manual, we have performed risk/vulnerability assessments for the hospital, we have given numerous hours of education to staff, we have completed 9 table top drills, and we have now completed[…]

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Broken hearted….again

As I sit here, my heart breaks for the Brackbills.  Many of you read and responded to my urgent request for prayer for them as they are struggling to save the life of their daughter Tori.  It is still not clear what her underlying diagnosis is and they may not find out for another couple weeks as additional tests need to be performed.  They have met with many physicians (including neurosurgeons and neurologists) and at this point suspicions are that she may have a form of leukodystrophy (a rare genetic disorder affecting the central nervous system).  I would ask that you continue to lift Tori, Lesa, Brennan and their families in prayer.  Few things are as hard as watching your child suffer and knowing you may[…]

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Corrections/Updates & An Urgent Prayer Request

There are a few points of confusion from my last post so I just wanted to clarify.   While our original two year contract with Samaritan’s Purse has ended we will remain in Kenya for a few more months.  As I mentioned, SP has allowed us to extend our contract be several weeks and we will then remain here as volunteers until June.  This means we will have to purchase a different insurance since we will no longer be SP employees.  It also means we will not receive the stipend that covers food, rent, utilities, etc.   We have been asked by several people how they can change their financial support during our time of transition.  For now, there is no need to do so.[…]

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