Kenya 2018

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go…

The LSU/SHIP team leaves today! Our team of medical students, residents and faculty will be traveling to the Bungoma area in western Kenya for SHIP’s annual medical mission. I have been eager to be on my way since Christmas.

I plan to post here at least daily. Last year I had difficulty uploading via WordPress, and did most of my reporting on Facebook, so check there as well.

Please pray for safe travel, for our team, and for the wonderful people in Kenya.

LSU/SHIP Kenya 2018

The time to leave for Kenya is rapidly approaching. LSUHSC faculty, residents, and students, through Support for Humanitarianism through Intercontinental Projects (SHIP), will again be traveling to western Kenya to minister to the medically under-served in the area. We will be partnering with ICODEI, a Kenyan organization directed by Bishop Reuben Lubanga.

This year’s team will include four LSU faculty members, Dr. Don Givler, Dr. Amy Givler, Dr. Michael Harper, and myself; four residents from the Pediatrics, Med/Peds, and Rural Family Medicine programs; sixteen (if I counted correctly) medical students from the 3rd and 4th year classes; and a registered nurse. We are supported by a great team at home at LSUHSC, as well.

This will be my fourth visit to the Bungoma, Kenya area. I am excited by this year’s team. Our primary purpose will be medical outreach to the under-served population around Bungoma. The residents and students will have an opportunity to learn about medicine in a different culture, under very different circumstances, and with new challenges.

I also am excited about seeing my Kenyan family in Kabula–Bishop Reuben, his wife Mama Betty, our clinic director Mama Joyce Wasike, and their families. They bless us with their love, hospitality, and wisdom.

I ask for your prayers for our team as we travel and minister.

I will be posting more in the days ahead, and hopefully in Kenya, as well.

Time to leave for Kenya–prayers appreciated!

Tomorrow, January 27, the LSU/SHIP team will be leaving Louisiana for Kenya 2017!

On our team this year will be myself, Drs. Don and Amy Givler, and Dr. Ragsdale; Pediatrics residents Vilasini Rekhala, Truc Doan, Nicole Jones, and Teresa Do, as well as Rural Family Medicine resident Zohreen Bheriani; and medical students Lisa McDivitt, Melissa Davis, Morgan Bankston, Blair Stevens, Hanna Sams, Tischelle Gatlin, Rachel Strength, and Maria Luraquiz. Dotsy Baxter (Dr. Don’s sister) and Karen Do, RN (Teresa’s sister) finish out this fine team. Some will be in country for the first half of the month of February, others the second half; 8 of us (the Iron Doctors!) will be there the whole month.

As in previous years, we will be staying with Bishop Reuben and Betty Lubanga. Their home, and the ICODEI compound, are located in Kabula, a few kilometers south of Bungoma, Kenya. We will travel daily from there to outlying villages, setting up a mobile clinic to serve the needs of Kenyans in the area. We will be led by Mama Joyce Wasike, with her team of Kenyan clinical officers, nurses, pharmacists, and translators.

I am excited about our team, seeing old friends and meeting new ones, and ministering to the medical needs of rural Kenyans around Bungoma. Please pray for our team as we travel, and as we serve and learn in Kenya.

I will be posting daily if possible, but of course this will depend on electrical power and internet access being available.