A new phase of life, but the same heart for Kenya
In 2009, Sarah was a 4th year medical student and served with AIM at Kijabe Hospital. Fast-forward nine years, Sarah is now a fully licensed OB/GYN, married and has two daughters. Sarah and husband Jon felt a tug to use their time and talent overseas. So they packed up their house and told their daughters about the great adventures they would have as a family in Kenya. It takes a lot of faith to put careers on hold and bring young children halfway across the world for a year, but Sarah and Jon know that God is faithful.
Below is an excerpt from their first prayer update.
Dear Family and Friends,
We have arrived! God has brought us safely to Kijabe. We are thankful for many travelling mercies along the way during our week of travel between July 24, when we departed Victoria, to July 31, when we arrived in Kijabe. We departed Toronto on July 27 in the evening, for the 7 hour flight to London. This was a fairly sleepless flight for all of us, and arriving at 6 am London time meant our bodies felt like it was 1 am Toronto time, and the girls (including mommy at one point) were in tears trying to get off that flight with all our carry-ons, to a different terminal, and through security again. We had 4 hours in the London airport before departing again on the 9 hour flight to Nairobi. Thankfully we were all able to sleep for the first few hours of that flight, and recover some stamina to make it to Nairobi where, miraculously, our bags were all waiting for us, each and every one.
I have had a chance to meet with Lillian Mameti, the other full time OB/Gyn I will be working with, to get more of a sense of how the OB/Gyn team is managing with the shortage of full time consultants. The team is in survival mode, and still praying for more OB/Gyn consultants and specifically the right people, to join the team, who have a heart for the mission of Kijabe Hospital. It is a financial sacrifice for the Kenyan physicians who work at Kijabe as well, as they can often make more money elsewhere with lighter schedules. I will be starting clinical work with the team on August 13, after completing the hospital orientation next week and having some time for our family to adjust and acclimatize together next week.
We have seen God’s hand of provision at work in all the details, in how things have come together, in the people He has placed in our path, and can testify to the truth of Matthew 6:26-33. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?…For the Gentiles seek after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Thank you all for your prayers for us, as we know God works powerfully through the prayers of his people.
Sarah for us all (Jon, Naomi, and Abby)