Thank you for praying for our ministry to Tenwek Hospital staff this past week!
God touched people as Steve spoke in three evening services at their Medical Missions Emphasis Week.
“We treat, Jesus heals” is seen everywhere. We learned from them and Steve challenged them in following Jesus model in Luke: declaring the kingdom of God with teaching, healing, and dealing with demons….even to our “enemies.”
Our host, Elijah Bii (pictured with his family) is chaplain to the staff and a 2015 AIU graduate.
In the mornings Steve spoke for various departments’ devotions, like the doctors’ below. He drew on his research and writing on holistic, integrated Christian responses to sickness. We also discussed with doctors, chaplains, and others how they do this and their questions and plans to do better.
We interviewed leaders in the Community Health and Development Program which is doing amazing outreach work in so many communities. Since this is one of the effective Christian organizations we have been studying in our Africa Leadership Study, it was great to meet them and learn more.
The Community Health Development Program’s motto, translated is “prevention is better than cure.”
Their work reminded me (Jan) of my past Extension nutrition work in communities, but with a Jesus model and a church base. They are working on issues like safe water, HIV/AIDS, immunizations, and community empowerment
On the four-hour drive out we had a problem with the car, but praise God we got it repaired in just an hour (and the mechanic found another problem that could have caused bigger issues).
Today is Graduation at Lake Victoria Christian College in Mwanza, TZ.
Sunday, Pastor Tom and Alice Flaherty from Madison, WI will speak at our church and then spend a few days with us.
Monday we begin our first Semester at AIU. Steve will teach Social Anthropology and Contextualization for masters and a PhD seminar on Research Methods. Hannah starts her MDiv, part-time. I (Jan) will teach Adult Education Theories.
Rachel and Isaac will head out for a week of Cultural Field Studies with Rosslyn Academy – going to different Masaai sites.