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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
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Our Contract is Up
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Happy 3rd Birthday Hannah!!
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Peace on Earth?

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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Our Contract is Up

Steph and I had known for many years that missions work was in the future of our family.  As many of you know, our first foreign mission trip was to the Dominican Republic with a group from my grandparents’ church in 1998.  It opened our eyes to how so much of the world lives.  I have found that it is so easy in the U.S. to ignore the plight of the poor and the suffering.  It seems like we easily manage to keep them fairly compartmentalized away from our every day view.  But on that trip, it was much different.  As we drove from the town where we stayed to the sugar cane batey where we worked, we saw the shacks that many called home;[…]

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Happy 3rd Birthday Hannah!!

Happy birthday Hannah! It doesn’t seem possible (or right) that we have now celebrated more of your birthdays without you even being here with us. We still miss you like crazy. Every night your brothers and I give thanks for the time we had with you but I still wish we had more…a lot more. Do you ever get to hear those prayers? I hope so. It is so sweet to hear your brothers talk about you. They are still so proud to be your big brothers. Levi especially loves talking about his “baby sissy”. Even your baby brother seems interested in you. He really enjoys it when we lay him down next to the blanket with your pictures. He will often just contently lie[…]

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Peace on Earth?

Peace on Earth.  We sing about it every year at this time.  We read of it in Luke 2:14 when the angel informing the shepherds of Christ’s birth is joined by a heavenly host.  They continued praising God and said, ““Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  Peace…it seems like a completely foreign concept or worse yet…a cruel joke of something that can never be.  Peace is something that most of us desperately long for, yet I doubt anyone has truly experienced for more than a fleeting moment.  Many search their entire lives for it and never find it.  Peace.  Real peace…no fear, no pain, no suffering, no hate, no despair.  The realities of this[…]

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