Support Information

We get questions sometimes about how to send support for our work in Kenya, so I thought I should lay it out clearly. We are thankful for our supporters. You are in our hearts and minds more than you may realize.

If you are interested in contributing to our work at Kijabe Mission Hospital and Rift Valley Academy you can donate in two ways. The first is through a written check to:

Christian Health Service Corps
P.O. Box 132
Fruitvale, TX 75127
Designate account # 103 on the “memo” line

or

Go to the following link to donate online
https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=4f65bc

Let’s Get Together

We want to see you! And to that purpose we are going to have a few reunions in the coming months. Look at the following dates, and please feel free to attend any of them. They will all be come and go as you please. We just want to see you! We can talk about what has been going on in Peru, and we can explain what we will be doing in Kenya. Here are the dates and information.

Date:  April 30 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:  The home of Ruth Caire, 1224 Cloverdale Drive, Richardson, TX 75080

Date:  May 6
Location: Boerne, TX (we still have some details to work out on this one)

Date:  May 21 from  3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location:  The home of David and Carol Smith, 5914 Bent Trail, Dallas, TX 75248

We hope to see you at one of these events!

Board Certification

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Today is the day for my family medicine board certification exam. I was actually certified in 2000, re-certified in 2007, and now I am taking my third certification test. I probably have two more in front of me over the next twenty years. I have a full day of testing in front of me. I feel ready, but nobody really likes taking important tests. They were a lot easier when I was a kid who didn’t really care about the results. I don’t remember having any concerns about taking my SAT or ACT. The MCAT I pondered a bit more, but I was to undisciplined to really study for it. I am looking forward to putting the test behind me and refocusing my attention toward the future in Africa.

Weird Things in Hospital Call Rooms

I have been doing some ER shifts while home. Some hospital call rooms are nice, others are more basic. This weekend I have had to look at this all weekend without permission to ride it. Painful!

Caires in Africa

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

With great sincerity and thanks we hope that this email finds you doing well in every way, and if not, that you are finding peace in the love of God our great comforter. We are writing to provide an update on our ministry.

After much prayer and consideration, we believe that God is redirecting us from Peru to serve in Kenya at Kijabe Mission Hospital and Rift Valley Academy.

Why are we moving to Africa?

Medical education – Will is going to continue to be involved in patient care at Kijabe Mission Hospital, hoping and trying to serve the least of these in the name of Jesus Christ. However, he will have a new emphasis in medical education as he works to both train and disciple the next generation of Africa’s doctors. We believe this to be an effective way to have a sustainable impact on the work of God through medicine in Africa.

Missionary children education – Rift Valley Academy is a boarding school for missionary kids located in Kijabe. Allison plans to serve in this school, beginning this August, by teaching 9th grade English (yes, David will be one of her students). We are motivated to see that missionary kids receive as good an education as possible and that these kids feel cared for while they are so far from their parents.

Missionary care – We will be Regional Team Leaders for the Christian Health Service Corps in Africa. We know from experience the power of a personal visit to your mission home, and we envision that this role will involve some travel throughout the African continent to interact with the missionaries that CHSC has on the field. We want them to know that they are known and appreciated.

What are our next steps?

Lord willing, we will finish the school year in Dallas and move to Africa in July. We need to raise a little more support, both for one time moving expenses as well as for monthly living costs. If you know of people who might be interested in supporting us, could you share our story with them? We would be glad to visit. If you have stopped supporting us, would you consider supporting us again as we try to do the work of God in Africa? We plan to hold a couple of come and go afternoon coffees so that we can meet with many of you.  Look for an announcement via email and Facebook. Thank you for making it possible for us to dream and plan to go again.

Please pray for overwhelming peace, for God’s help in packing and transitioning, for wisdom and family unity.

Kijabe Hospital and Rift Valley Academy were both established over 100 years ago by Africa Inland Mission.  For more information you can go to Rift Valley Academy at www.rva.org and Kijabe Hospital at www.kijabehospital.org.

Your friends in Christ,

Will and Allison