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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Stuck


Are you feeling stuck?

The new sermon series at our church is titled Stuck and today Pastor Chris spoke about Paul and how he may have been "stuck" in his circumstances but he wasn't "stuck" in his attitude.  I think it is super easy to feel stuck in where we are right now.  Stuck at home.  Stuck wearing a mask all day at work.  Stuck with "home schooling" our kids. Some may even be stuck in the hospital.

Personally, I enjoy being home.  During our normal days before the Corona Virus hit I was running around everywhere!  I would make at least 3 trips back and forth to the kids' school a day.  Then usually an errand or appointment during the day.  Then when sports are in season it's to and from practice and games several times a week.  The kids would ask, "What are we doing tomorrow?" and if I said, "Nothing, no plans." They would respond, "Aww, can't we go somewhere? Do something fun?"  "We run around all week!" I would say.  "We're just going to spend some time just hanging out at home."

And here we are..."spending time and hanging out at home" for over a month. 😳

"School"
Not exactly what I had in mind.  Pastor Chris went on to say that Paul used his circumstances of being "stuck" as leverage for God's purpose.  Paul was in prison, he was chained to a Roman Guard. Or was the Roman Guard chained to Paul?  His guard changed every 6 hours.  That means every 6 hours Paul had a new person to share the love of Jesus with.  Amazing. That's 4 different people IN ONE DAY!

Am I using this time of being "stuck" at home as leverage for God's purpose?  Our family has been called to Tenwek Hospital for the next 2 years.  God has a place for us there and we want to carry out his purpose and spread the love of Jesus though medical missions and education in Kenya.  Is this a bad time to be planning a trip to Kenya?  Not if that's where God wants us to go.  Are we stuck at home and not able to continue preparing to go to Kenya? We may be at home but our preparations are not stuck.  We have been able to speak to over 40 families through Zoom chats and build our support team!  Sometimes we talk to 5 different families in 1 day!  Could we have done that before Corona Virus? Leveraging our circumstance for God's purpose.

Homemade "pool"

Our kids are home 24/7. They have each other to play with and nobody else. They have their moments but we are blessed that they play together very well.  They know all they have right now is each other.  When we first move to Kenya, it's going to feel that way. They won't know anyone else and only have each other. Hmmm. Sound familiar? Preparations. Leveraging our circumstances for God's purpose.

"Wild Club" with own homemade shirts

The medical community has been in the limelight for quite sometime now.  They are more recognized than ever before.  Their importance is exponentially recognized. Now picture a hospital in a developing country such as Kenya, with limited funds and access to medical equipment and supplies. That is where we are going!  God has called us to support those at Tenwek hospital and neighboring communities. Leveraging our circumstances for God's purpose.

So instead of wallowing in my feeling "stuck", I want to use this time to leverage it for God's purpose, to further the kingdom of heaven.

Build in best buds



Friday, March 13, 2020

What is Medical Missions?

Kristie and I have been meeting with so many wonderful people and one of the biggest questions that we hear is, 
"What is medical missions anyway?" 
Below is a video from Samaritan's Purse that describes what it is like to be in medical missions.  Much of this video was taken at Tenewek Hospital.  
As we see about how COVID-19 is impacting our world, I cannot help to think about what will happen if/when it reaches rural Kenya Africa.  Providing operational support to an already inundated hospital is so critical to the lives of the East Africa people. 

We would love to share our hearts with you.  Please contact us at: david.pepsny@wgm.org for us to schedule a time to meet with you either video chat or in-person to talk. 
-The Pepsnys





Friday, March 6, 2020

Approved! "Voyage and the Return"

Approved!  We are now officially Global Worker Missionaries with WGM to Kenya!  

Several weeks ago we were given the official invite from WGM to attend the "Candidate Review".  Candidate Review took place last week at the WGM headquarters in Marion, Indiana.  It is the final step after completing the first 4 stages in the application process.  The night we arrived it began to snow!  


 Our kids were so excited the next morning to wake up to snow!  Kristie was pretty excited too.  We had arrived a day early so we had the day to enjoy the snow and have some family time as well as hang out with our good friend, Dan Bergman, who was joining us from Colorado. The review began that evening with introductions and dinner and our first assignment: to lead chapel the next morning with the other candidates!
Chapel went well and the day continued with more introductions, other activities, brief sessions on fears, cultures, fundraising and another assignment. So much information in such a short amount of time!  The next morning went smoothly as we presented our last assignment. We  ended with our photo being taken and some last questions and answers with the committee.
As we finished our last conversations we were a little bit in shock of the whirlwind of the week.  On Monday we received the call that we have been accepted and appointed as Global Worker Missionaries to Kenya.  



Our eyes were opened, doubts arose and then solutions began to emerge in this "Voyage and Return" adventure. 
I thought the story ended 17 years ago, but that was just the introduction. With my bag strapped onto my bike, I started the engine and began to ride from Uganda to a distant place called Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.  
Today, I sit in my office humbled, honored and awestruck that my family and I have been asked and accepted to join the WGM team at Tenwek once again.  
Jumping with celebration our smiles are met with trepidation because of the unknown.  Yet we beam with joy again, remembering how we have participated in the extraordinary to bring us to this place.  The joy continues when we see and hear those who have experienced this portion of this journey with us.  Their love, prayers, and support are the building blocks in which this unimaginable story continues. 
God is taking our family places that we have never imagined. As a good friend of ours says, "...you've already seen him move, but I think you will see his activity multiplied tenfold..."

What will our family be doing?

God has uniquely equipped David through his hospital administration background to partner with Tenwek Hospital’s leadership team. 

Our vision is to be used of God to:
    • analyze and streamline hospital operations
    • facilitate hospital equipment installation and repairs
    • training and equipping an administrative team
    • implement hospital goals and strategic plans
Kristie plans to be part of the homeschooling team at Tenwek as well as use her background in special education to be a resource in Bomet and beyond.

Are you ready to join our team?  Please click Partner with Us




Saturday, February 1, 2020

"Fear of the unknown and fear of failure" uncomfortableness

It was raining and I was standing and waiting under the tin covered concrete paths that branch out to the various buildings that form the hospital.  In order to get back to where we are staying, I have to walk out into the cold, wet, uncomfortable rain.  Rain can last sometimes 10 minutes all the way up to several hours.  I look up to the sky and try to get a feel for how much longer it will rain, but eventually, I know I must step out and just quickly walk/run to the next covered area.  This time I couldn't quite get myself to start running, I went upstairs and just waited.  
The sound of big drops hitting the tin roofs across the Tenwek campus made me just want to get to my warm, comfortable and cozy apartment.  But again, in order to get there, I had to run through the cold, wet rain.  I walked around the hospital a bit more waiting and hoping the rain would stop, but the rain kept coming.  I went to the 2nd floor and looked out across seeing mostly old rusty tin roofs.  As I continued to wait for the rain to go away, I walked over to stand on the center, the heart of the Tenwek logo. While standing on the logo that was made up of the Kenya map and Tenwek hospital in the Southwest corner reminded me that I am exactly where I should be.  As much as I wanted to be completely comfortable in my home, I still was kept comfortable by having a thin layer of tin roof protecting me from the cold, wet rain. 
I think my life feels a bit like the rain falling around me, but yet I'm kept comfortable by a protective layer of being in the center of God's will.  I sometimes quickly walk/run place to place which is uncomfortable, but God gives me protection when and where I need it.  After being here at Tenwek for over a week, I have moments of uncomfortableness.  It is not the physical uncomfortableness that I'm talking about as most would think of when thinking of being in Africa; but, is what I would call the "fear of the unknown and fear of failure" uncomfortableness. 
Dozens of both American and Kenyan doctors and surgeons are here at Tenwek.  These incredible minds have come to be able to work in the "fear of the unknown and fear of failure" on a daily basis. Not having supplies when they are needed, not having the ability to control when the power goes on/off, not having the ability to completely control if and when a patient may have a surgical site infection and even the possibility of the patient not making it out alive are all things that these doctors and surgeons face every day. All of them get up every day and keep trying with the realization that their efforts may only save 1.  
These doctors are living the in the midst of life's uncomfortable rain and it is humbling to think of the possibility that our names are being called to help provide the love and support necessary to keep the heart of Tenwek going.  

Hearts of East Africa 2020 from Dean COWLES on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

"Chamgei"

"Chamgei"
("Hello" in Kipsigis)

As I was walking on the other side of the river I heard someone yelling, "David" close by.  I look over and it is Florence, Leonard Rono's wife who remembered me from years ago.  I asked to see Leonard and she then asked me to come into her home and sit on the couch.  She leaned over and poured me some tea and asked for her son Mathew (age 18) to come over and talk with me.  I asked where Leonard was and Florence brought over a photo album.  Mathew began to show me the photo album and then said that his father got very sick many years ago and died.  They showed the death certificate which showed that he died at age 39 from pneumonia.  As tears welled up in my eyes I turned to Florence and Mathew and told them I am so sorry for your loss and didn't mean to bring you pain.  She said that she was so happy to see me and thought she saw me many years ago, but it wasn't me.  She said she has been looking for me.  She then showed me pictures that she had been saving of Leonard with me.  
I went on to tell her that Leonard was a good man who worked so hard on all of the electrical for the Community Development Building (what they call the Greenhouse Building).  Florence told me how much she has been relying on God and that she believes He helps her through the hard times.  I commented on how good it is to see her smile.  I turned to Leonard's son, Mathew, and let him know how proud he should be of who his father was.  As the conversation ended, I pulled out my phone and showed them some old pictures and that is when Mathew said that he knows many of the other people.  And that is where the journey of today started. 
Mathew said he knew where Steven lived so we then began hiking to Steven's house.  After quite a long hike/walk we found Steven.  He quickly remembered me and was so glad to see me. He showed me around his house and told me that he is in the process of rebuilding his house so that he can get electric power.  He said that his daughter is in school and his son is at a university to become a high school teacher.  

Stephen and I then sat down and had tea with one another and talked about old memories.  Stephen told me that he now earns his livelihood from what I taught him many years ago, carpentry, and is so grateful that I took the time to teach him. I told him it was so good to see him and his family and was so glad to have met him. We then talked about having a big get together possibly next Saturday at the Greenhouse building site.  I mentioned I would talk with Jonathan B. early next week.



At this point in time, the word was out in the community that I was at Tenwek and people began to look for me.  I went to a couple of other people's homes and each one of them had pictures of me and pictures of them building the Greeenhouse building.   

After walking several kilometers to other houses I eventually got back and found Kenneth.  So David, Kenneth and I took a picture together in the same place that we did 17 years ago.  

Overall, it was such an incredible day.  I'm so blessed to have met up with old friends and hear how years ago I was part of helping them learn skills that have changed that changed their lives. It is incredible to see that even through hardship they surrender their lives to Christ.  They are incredibly thankful and joyous of their lives. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Encouraged and Supported

As Kristie and prepare to leave for Tenwek Hospital, we have so greatly appreciated all of the love, support and encouragement that we have received.  This past week has been especially encouraging to us. 
Monday started out by getting together with our Lifegroup spending time watching medical missions videos, discussing and praying for Kristie and I's trip.  Being vulnerable and asking for prayer and help is not easy for us; but when we are, it feels like incredible burdens are lifted from us.  Hearing each of them pray for us, our trip and everyone involved with the trip made us feel so incredibly loved.   
Picture below of those that joined in prayer on Monday Night

On Tuesday, Kristie created a "Meal Train for Pepsny kids and Caregivers" and received immediate signups.  Providing a meal may feel like a small gesture to some, but is an incredible blessing for us.  We are so thankful for this. This is just another example of how we have had those support and love our family.  
Wednesday came around and I received a call from a gentleman that I have done business with that sells medical equipment.  It was an incredibly encouraging conversation about how for the past 43 years his company has been providing medical equipment and biomedical training to mission hospitals in Africa. I was blown away by his encouragement as this is a man who understands it and knows the importance of giving so much to providing Christ's love to those who are in extreme poverty.  He is currently taking on a very large project of providing medical equipment and biomedical services to mission hospitals specifically in Zambia over the next 3 years.  Hearing a glimpse of the challenges as well as the rewards that he and his family have faced over the past 43 years made me see the bigger picture of how everyone plays a role in the Great Commission.  He and his wife's desire to support us in this pursuit is another example of great deal of encouragement and support that we are receiving.  
About a week ago I received a message from a Pharmacist who has a passion and ministry for helping those who want to serve in medical missions.  Surprisingly, he is the father of a good friend of ours that we recently became reconnected with.  He has received numerous regional and national awards for his pharmaceutical experience, projects, and contribution to service.  I had no idea the passion and love that this man had for helping those who are traveling.  We met yesterday evening and shared stories and I was able to listen to how for the past 16 years he has been providing a Travel Wellness plan, mission trip coordination, medication coordinator, medication procurement for those who are going on overseas on missions.  His heart and ability to understand over the counter medications and how they help with preventative care when traveling is remarkable.  I'm so happy he reached out to us and let us know one way that he can help.  
Below is a picture of what Missionary Rx provided.

The conversations, prayers, and actions of so many wonderful people have made it possible for us to begin to really focus on the vision for medical missions that God has for our family.  Our hearts go out to all of those who have and are giving their time and energy to our family with the idea that this trip is playing a crucial role in furthering the Great Commission by sharing the love of Jesus to others through medical missions. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Physical and Spiritual Healing of Hearts in Sub-Sahara Africa


 “Rich or Poor, educated or uneducated, belonging to one nation or another, to one religion or another, adhering to this ideology or that, ultimately each of us is just a human being like everyone else. We all desire happiness and do not want suffering.”
-Dalai Lama

It was almost 2 months ago that Kristie and I attended the Global Missions Healthcare Conference in Louisville, KY.  In less than 3 weeks we travel to Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya.  We are honored to be invited by Tenwek Hospital to see how we can be a part of an incredible healthcare movement that is taking place in the sub-Sahara Africa region.  This 3min and 17 sec video gives an overview of the latest undertaking to create a precedent-setting 80,000 square ft cardiothoracic center.  

“The impact of this new cardiothoracic ward will be unprecedented in terms of its magnitude, and that’s an understatement"

-Dr. Lance Plyler, director of World Medical Mission


Thursday, January 2, 2020

2020


As Kristie and I get closer to leaving for Tenwek Hospital, our children ask more and more questions about Africa, Kenya and Tenwek Hospital.  These questions have created quite the dialogue at the dinner table.  Some of the random questions/comments that they have had over the past 24 hours include:  

  1. Do they have pets in Kenya? 
  2. Do they have High School in Kenya? 
  3. What are you guys going to do? 
  4. Do people walk around in bare feet?
  5. Is it cold there? 
  6. Do they have dolphins in Africa?
  7. Are there dentists in Africa?
  8. Can I take my Legos to Africa?
As much as Kristie and I would like to have all of the answers to their questions...as well as ours, we just don't.  Walking into the unknown can be a bit overwhelming at times, but I believe our family has found peace, joy, and happiness in the midst of the unknown. 
Isaiah 42:16 
         I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
              along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
         I will turn the darkness into light before them
              and make the rough places smooth.
         These are the things I will do;
              I will not forsake them.

As Kristie and continue to step in faith into unfamiliar paths, we listen for what 2020 has for our family.