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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?
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Preparing for Disaster
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Ebola
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The “Blessing” is here
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Serving in Brokenness

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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Preparing for Disaster

I was looking back over the past several weeks and I think the best way to summarize what I’ve been doing is simply that I’ve been preparing for a disaster.  I knew coming to Tenwek that part of my job responsibility would be to use the tools and lessons I learned while completing my master’s degree in Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness to assist staff in responding to the possibility of various disasters.  But I certainly wasn’t expecting so many projects to collide simultaneously.   Upon my arrival to Tenwek I was quickly appointed as a member of the disaster preparedness committee.  From that point on, our primary focus was the development of an up-to-date disaster preparedness manual for the hospital.  A few years ago, there was[…]

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Ebola

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.  We welcomed Joshua into the family and two weeks later I was boarding a plane for the United States.  Now I’m back at Tenwek and readjusting to life here while processing a lot of information.  Here’s a brief recap of my trip. The primary reason for my trip to the states was to attend the CDC Ebola Preparedness course in Anniston Alabama.  I left Tenwek Thursday afternoon and began a 36 hour journey to Atlanta (there were some long layovers) where I met up with a fellow Tenwek physician who had traveled to the states several weeks earlier for board exams and time with family.  His wife’s family lives in Atlanta so I was able to stay at their[…]

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The “Blessing” is here

I think everyone who follows us on Facebook is aware of this already, but Joshua Hunt Baraka (Swahili for blessing) Kelley has arrived.  Exactly one week ago, we finally were able to welcome the fifth Kelley child to the family.  Steph will post all of the details soon so I won’t spoil that.  Instead I will just briefly describe that day and the days since then.  One thing is certain, we have and continue to see God’s hand in all of this.           Last Saturday started like most but we quickly realized that Joshua would likely be making his arrival.  As usual, Steph made labor look easy.  Her morning activities (in addition to laboring) included making a pumpkin, peanut butter, chocolate[…]

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Serving in Brokenness

This has been a week with dramatic ups and downs. Many weeks we’ve experienced here have had their uplifting and depressing moments but this week has been an intense one…and it’s only Wednesday. Over the weekend, Steph started having a few legitimate contractions. With her history of rapid and premature deliveries, we decided to cancel my plans to be gone for the week. (I was supposed to be traveling across Kenya to attend Medical Officer intern interviews at four different schools.) I was disappointed that I couldn’t go out and meet my potential future MO interns but was also glad to remain close to Steph and the kids. Staying at Tenwek has also given me a chance to get a lot of projects done. Over[…]

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