Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
In 1997 I finished secondary school in Kakibei. Even then I was uncertain about my future, but applied to Kenya Medical Training College in Nairobi. Despite only three open positions for KMTC per district by God’s grace I was accepted.
In 2003 I finished my studies at KMTC and graduated as an Oral Health Officer. An Oral Health Officer is trained to treat the basic needs of the Kenyan People. I am competent providing patient care with dental extractions, scaling of teeth, dental exams, and community dental education.
After completion of my training I entered internship. In 2006 I was offered a full time position to work at Tenwek Mission Hospital. I took on the responsibilities of Tenwek Dental Clinic as Dr. Kuyaya the full time Dentist was to leave for South Africa for two years for masters training in restorative dentistry.
I have been content working at Tenwek ever since. I am happy here as my duties include organizing dental community outreach, tooth extractions, full mouth scaling, dental exams, taking x-rays, and keeping statistics.
Despite my happiness I feel like God has even more left for me to learn. I want to expand my training to include fillings, biopsy, crowns, and root canals. I have a heart for my Kipsigis’ people and felt directed to attend dental school to better serve them.
Following God’s calling in 2007 I applied and was accepted to Moi University School of Dentistry (one of only two dental schools in Kenya). I was unable to afford tuition. Tuition at Moi University is about 450,000 KSH annually (5,800 USD). My total annual salary would cover less than half that amount. Student loans are not available for me here in Kenya.
I sought out funding through Tenwek Hospital with the understanding that for each year of dental school I am supported I am bonded to the hospital for 2 years. The funding was not available so I was forced to defer my enrollment.
In 2008 I again sought help from Tenwek Hospital for tuition assistance unsuccessfully. I was encouraged to apply to a more affordable dental school.
I have currently applied to Makerere University School of Dentistry in Kampala, Uganda. The tuition is 200,000 KSH annually (2,500 USD). I will be notified of my acceptance in August.
If I am able to secure funding for entrance into dental school I see myself returning to Tenwek Mission Hospital to serve the Kipsigis people. I am a Christian and was baptized in 2005. God has changed my life. Before Christ I felt like just a human being, a person of the flesh. Now I feel I am living the Christian Life.
While seeing patients I am lifted up by God’s love. In our busy dental clinic with patients with complicated dental fractures and infections it is easy to be overwhelmed. Jesus to me is about help. When I am burdened I look to Paul’s words in Romans Chapter 8:31-32.
Kimwal nel anyun eng’ tuguchuto? Ngo mi Jehovah Komostanyom, Ko ng’one Kinndaech? Inendet ne ki ma nire Weririyi ago Kigon inendet agobo achek tugul, tos magonech tuguk tugul eng’ aiybindo koboto inendet.
(What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?)
My faith has called me and inspired me to help the poor at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
When Amelia invited most of the Kenyans in our neighborhood over to play Barbies I was a little curious what they would do. So when I went to check on them and I heard Amelia say, "Alright, Pastor Ken is ready to preach," I was reassured. Indeed the girls made a congregation, church building, pews, and pastor (although I thought it would have been great if the pastor was female). Not to mention they spent hours getting the barbies all decked out for the church service.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We've had a good visit with Nana, Papa, and Auntie Ana. We've able to tour a tea factory, see some animals, visit an orphanage and take some hikes. My parents brought many donated dental supplies which Malin has been busy organizing. They also received some money which we used to buy groceries for an orphanage. Stuffed along side the dental equipment were baby hats made by Westminster Presbyterian Church, our church in Akron. Yesterday we enjoyed picking out hats with the mothers in the NICU for their babies. Its a privilege to share in these tangible expressions of God's love.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Have you not been paying attention? Have you not been listening? Haven't you heard these stories all your life? Don't you understand the foundation of all things? God sits high above the round ball of earth. The people look like mere ants. He stretches out the skies like a canvas— yes, like a tent canvas to live under. He ignores what all the princes say and do. The rulers of the earth count for nothing. Princes and rulers don't amount to much. Like seeds barely rooted, just sprouted, They shrivel when God blows on them. Like flecks of chaff, they're gone with the wind.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Amelia Kate Friess enjoyed the spotlight as child of the week at Tenwek's MK school. She shared with the class: