“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.” Romans 11:36
In Lexington, KY after Val’s nephew Bruce was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor
Vermont, Val’s younger sister April’s wedding
Snuggles with Yoyo (Val’s dad) before heading back…
Val’s sister April visits Tenwek
Bakery duka (shop) opens at Tenwek!
Dr. Iocono–pediatric surgeon from the University of Kentucky, teacher and mentor for Clark through med school and residency, reader of Sandra Boynton to Hannah–comes to work at Tenwek
Full-time Swahili study with our tutor Carol
Celebrating Beatrice’s birthday
Our first visit to the Baby Centre in Nakuru, Kenya to witness this sweet girl’s adoption
Relaxing at the Kenyan coast, WGM Kenya retreat
Friend and former co-resident Dr. David Flemig comes for game night! (And to work on the pediatric ward…)
Clark back to work at the hospital after a couple months of language study
First goat curry
Pizza night with the interns
Hannah’s 2nd Birthday, much sausage was had by all…
We return to Lexington, KY as Bruce’s tumor begins to rapidly progress
Warm welcome home to Kenya
Our piano arrives
Clark gets NHIF (Kenyan national health insurance) to agree to fund surfactant which Tenwek begins keeping in stock. This medicine is usually given as a one time dose to save premature babies whose lungs are not ready to make surfactant on their own.
To Zanzibar for more Swahili study
Touring Zanzibari hospital with ICU Dr. Rashid (center) and Val’s Swahili teacher Mohammed (right)
Potty trained (alternative method)!
Clark successfully locates, barters for, and purchases a “bisibisi” (screwdriver) using only Swahili
Village Catholic Mission clinic
Visiting Val’s Swahili teacher Saida’s home
Val’s speechifies (in Swahili) about “The Importance of Libraries” to this group of university Library Sciences students
Finishing up Swahili studies with an interview with the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation
(Part of) our host family during our two months in Zanzibar: Mama Raya with her second youngest son Luqman
Taking a few final days in Zanzibar to relax….
Back to Kenya and Tenwek Hospital in time to celebrate World Prematurity Day
World Gospel Mission Kenya Field meetings, Christmas celebration, and retreat
Confirmation that Sleeth baby #2 is on the way and due to arrive the end of June!
From Bomet, Kenya to wherever you may be, merry Christmas! We celebrate Immanuel, God is with us.
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
“The Lord of hosts is with us.” Psalm 46:7
“”And they shall call his name Immanuel” which means, God with us.” Matthew 1:23