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.

More on Kenya

As I posted recently, I will be going to Kenya with 16 medical students and 3 other faculty members from LSU Medical School in Shreveport. The trip will be a combination medical mission/international medicine elective for senior medical students. A few junior students and one pediatric resident will be going as well.

In Kenya, we will be based at the ICODEI compound in Kabula. Staying in thatched roof mud huts at night, we will go out each day to churches and schools to hold medical clinics for the people of Kenya.

The student organization, Support for Humanitarianism through International Projects (SHIP), raises money through donations and fundraisers to fund this mission trip. I have been asked to raise $2000 to cover expenses for the mission.

If you would like to help, you may make a tax-deductible donation through the PayPal link below. When you arrive at the PayPal site, please type my name in the “special instructions for seller” space.

I am excited about this special opportunity to provide medical care in a vastly under-served area, teach medical students international medicine, and spread God’s Word in Kenya!

This is where we will be sleeping.