What is the Purpose?

David: It was seventeen years ago when I first served with WGM at Tenwek Hospital. During my time at Tenwek, I realized that I had a passion for missions and decided that one day I would return to Africa. Soon after graduating with a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), I felt God’s calling to go back and serve at Tenwek Hospital. I have a desire to “go” to some of the most vulnerable people in this world and show who Jesus is through medical missions. I love Tenwek’s motto: “We treat and Jesus Heals.” I believe my passion and experience in healthcare leadership has positioned me well to make a difference in medical missions.

Kristie: From an early age, I have loved being a "teacher" of sorts. I used to play “school” with my sisters when we were young. I began working with children at an early age: babysitting, teaching Sunday School, helping with VBS, and working at a Christian camp during college. I was also an in-home tutor for kids with autism, and after college, my passion for special education began to immerge. I continued schooling, earned a multiple subject teaching credential, and continued on to earn a teaching credential in special education. My desire to share the love of God with children from all backgrounds grew into my life's calling.

Our family has a passion to serve the most vulnerable populations. Our family of six is excited to say yes to Jesus and serve the Lord in Kenya in the following ways:

  • Providing hospital operational support with systems and processes
  • Providing hospital leadership with ancillary services
  • Enhancing interdepartmental relations
  • Training others to serve effectively in administrative roles
  • Enhancing and assisting the homeschool community at Tenwek and the special education program at the Baby Center
Below is a video from Samaritan's Purse - World Medical Missions that gives a glimpse of the importance that mission hospitals in changing the lives of people for years to come.  

WHO (World Health Organization), World Bank, UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund), and UNDESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs collects data and reports the following statistics:  
  • Under-Five Years Old mortality Rates (Deaths per 1,000 live births)
    • Sub-Sahara Africa – 78 deaths per 1,000 births
    • North America – 6 deaths per 1,000 births
    • Latin America – 16 deaths per 1,000 births
    • Map below shows statistics for the world as it relates to morality rates under 5.  You will notice that Sub-Sahara Africa is by far the worst area in the world.
  • Infectious Disease is the leading cause of death for children under 5.
  • Life expectancy at birth in years:
    • Average life expectancy is age 50 in Africa (17 years lower than in the Americas)
    • Average life expectancy is age 67 is Americas
  • Adult Mortality per 1,000 people
    • 306 per 1,000 adults die in Africa
    • 122 per 1,000 adults die Americas
  • Mortality Ratios are 29 times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries.
  • In resource-poor settings, fertility rates are higher and the risks of dying in labor greater, so lifetime risk of maternal death is greatly amplified.   Disparities in life expectancy – Lifetime Risk of dying from maternal causes by World Bank income group by region
    • Africa - 1 in 37 people have a lifetime risk of dying from maternal causes
    • Americas – 1 in 920 people have a lifetime risk of dying from maternal causes
  • Percentage of countries with insufficient health care professionals from 2013-2018
    • Fewer than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 population
      • Africa: 95% of Africa has fewer than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 patients.
      • Americas: 15% of Americas have fewer than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 patients. 
Possible Mission Hospital where our family might serve: 

Hospital CountrySending OrganizationLanguage 

Tenwek Hospital Kenya, AfricaWGMEnglish/local dialect/s

1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 

We are here to glorify God in whatever capacity he calls us.  We all have God-given abilities and talents and we choose to use them as we like.  Are we using them to glorify God? 

Matthew 28:18-20 " Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Map showing estimated Christianity by percentage in each country of the world:

Below are some tables and graphs supporting the statistics above: 


1. UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UNDESA. Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2019—Estimates Developed by the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. New York: UNICEF. (accessed December 2019 from www.childmortality.org); 2019.

2. WHO, Atlas of African Health Statistics: Report 2016. (accessed December 2019 from https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/206547/9789290232919.pdf;jsessionid=5DF450323A01A0A8E8892E64E04FCB97?sequence=1); 2019.

3. WHO, World Bank, World Health Statistics: Report 2019 (accessed December 2019 from https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/311696/WHO-DAD-2019.1-eng.pdf); 2019.

4. Christian Population Statistics: (accessed December 2019 from https://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=49286; 2019)

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