In early 2006, Dru Dodson and Roger Stanage returned from exploring the work of KenyaRelief.org in Africa. Sue and I were among those invited to view pictures from their trip and to learn about the work there. Sue immediately knew, and I soon realized, that my heart had been captured by KenyaRelief.org’s mission and vision. I volunteered for my first KenyaRelief.org medical team in August 2006. I have served on thirteen Kenya Relief medical teams, leading five. I led a Kenya Relief medical team in March 2019.
Sue and I have also sponsored a child, Mary Akello, in Kenya since she was five years old. Mary, now seventeen, will be completing vocational educational school in August. Before leaving Kenya in March, I bestowed upon Mary a Biblical father’s blessing. Knowing that she is a mature Christian, I released her into her culture to be salt and light. In 2010, I was in Turkana NW Kenya with four other Kenya Relief leaders working to facilitate food delivery from Kids Against Hunger to a tribe devastated by ten years of drought. On this trip, God expanded my vision beyond being just a hands-on physician to becoming a catalyst for systemic change on the mission field. My eyes were opened to the possibility that while I was serving on a medical team, I could also identify a Kenyan community’s need and link it with financial and technical resources in the USA. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God has enabled me to do this by completing two sustainable safe water treatment systems (Nyamome and Karamu, Kenya), and to facilitate the drilling of two boreholes that provide water for 5,000 people, four schools, an orphanage, a medical clinic, and a hospital. All projects began with contributions from individuals in America, and one received a matching grant from Rotary International.
Thanks Dru and Roger for introducing me to KenyaRelief.org. I thank all who partner with me in this work. Thank you especially for your prayers. My world has become incredibly larger as I have worked in Kenya with people from very diverse backgrounds. While traveling upon this path, I have experienced God’s grace and learned much about extending the grace of God to others. God alone should receive all the glory for what we are joining Him in doing in Kenya! – JON ROBERT