Having grown up in non-Christian households in New England and the Northwest, Clark and Val both met the Lord in their teen years.
Initially, Clark’s only exposure to Christianity was the article on Jesus in the children’s encyclopedia. When he was fourteen, Clark met the Truth behind the article. He was saved, along with his whole family, and was soon sharing the Gospel with his classmates and neighbors. Later that year, sitting in the library at lunchtime in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, he felt God’s call to serve as a missionary doctor, and that has been his aim ever since.
About the same time, 2500 miles away, Val also had a powerful call to serve. A year after meeting the Lord, while studying the epistles on the bank of the Snake River, she heard a clear voice in her head asking her to commit to full-time, overseas missionary work. She spent the next fifteen years preparing to enter the mission field, though she did not know in what capacity she would serve. Her junior year at Asbury College, she spent four months in India with her future sister-in-law working with a palliative care NGO. While there, she saw how the Lord meets physical and health needs to build His kingdom; she realized there is a reason in his ministry Jesus “spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.” (Luke 9:11)
ABOUT TENWEK HOSPITAL:
Clark and Val have decided to serve a two year term with World Gospel Mission at Tenwek Hospital through prayer and encounters during their time at Asbury College and at the University of Kentucky Hospital with missionaries who have served there.
Tenwek is a 300 bed teaching hospital founded by World Gospel Missionaries in 1937. The groundwork for Tenwek Hospital was laid in the the 1930s and 40s by two nurses. The first doctor–an Asbury College graduate–arrived in the 1950s. In 1987 the hydroelectric dam, which serves a vital role as a consistent power source for the hospital, was completed. In the last 30 years nursing, chaplaincy, and residency programs have been started.
ABOUT OUR WORK AT TENWEK:
In the last sixty years, Tenwek has done tremendous work to bring Christianity to the highlands of Kenya, but there is need for ongoing discipleship of believers and evangelism to the unreached. The neighboring Maasai, for instance, continue to practice a tribal religion centered on their cattle. The care they receive at Tenwek opens doors for them to hear the gospel. Additionally, Tenwek teaches African medical students and residents who live in community with the missionaries within the hospital compound.
For several years, one of Tenwek’s critical medical needs has been a second pediatrician. Currently, only one pediatrician is caring for all of the hospitalized children while also supervising the clinic. Tenwek also has a pressing need for an internist. Clark, by God’s grace, has completed a dual residency in pediatrics and internal medicine. He will be working on both the children and adult medical wards at the hospital and teaching African medical students and residents while Val will be primarily taking care of their daughter, Hannah. In addition to praying, encouraging, and sharing the gospel with those coming to the hospital and clinics, they also will be discipling the students and residents with whom they work and live.