Today there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the future of Kijabe. Many will criticize intentions and decisions, saying, “Kijabe Hospital is not about God’s glory.” But the standard on which we should be judged is faithfulness to God’s calling.
God is calling us to provide compassionate healing to the best of our ability, to as many people as possible, and to continuously improve our best abilities through study, through research, through improving facilities, through updating equipment, through partnership, through collaboration.
God is calling us to provide excellent medical education – to train young doctors, nurses and clinical officers how to heal with sharp minds, skilled hands, and hearts of compassion, like Jesus.
God is calling us to spiritual ministry – to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Luke 10:27)
God is calling each person to play his/her part in making AIC Kijabe Hospital better than before they came, whether improving a system, constructing a new building, finding better options for equipment, changing a protocol, publishing research, sharing ideas and resources with other healthcare providers and hospitals.
God is calling us to remember the poor and vulnerable, even as we seek to move forward in technical excellence.
God is calling us to be salt and light, through honesty and transparency, even when the consequences of integrity are hard.
God is not calling us to perfection, for only God is perfect, but God is calling us to be better yesterday than today, in love, in compassion, in service, in generosity.
God is calling us to hope, even when hope seems foolish.
God is calling us to listen to criticism with empathetic ears and open minds, but ultimately, to follow His voice and trust the wisdom of leaders he has appointed for this season.
God is calling us to hold Kijabe leaders accountable to execute a shared vision of compassionate healthcare provision, excellent training, and spiritual ministry in Jesus Christ.
God is calling us to be faithful stewards of the resources given us, whether financial, tangible, relational, environmental.
God is calling local, national, and international governments and communities to actively seek the success of hospitals and health systems in East Africa, to build up and support, not plunder and cast blame.
God is calling us to remember this ministry is His, not ours. We have the joy of participating for a season, whether months, years, or decades. Healing ministry at Kijabe will outlast each individual. We trust God will carry on the good work in Kijabe, and we trust he will carry out the good work in us, wherever he calls us to in our next steps as we go out.
God is calling us to remember our local community and seek to provide health and well-being, from birth to death and at every point of health need in between.
God is also calling us to remember our nation and serve all people who pass through our gates without discrimination as to tribe, race, language, religion, or financial status, for we know that we are “entertaining angels.” (Hebrews 13:2)
God is calling us to remember that healthcare to His Glory is a daily choice by each staff and each leader, to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their God. (Micah 6:8)
God is calling us to repentance in situations where we have failed, in decisions where we came up short, in anger, jealousy, and criticism, in failing to love God and love our neighbor.
God is calling us to remember His grace. To forgive as we have been forgiven. To see not only the present failings in our colleagues but to see their potential. To see not only our own failings but to see that we are dearly loved and chosen for a good purpose. To remember God has chosen us even when we don’t have the faith to choose him.
God is calling us to provide physical healing as a tangible demonstration of His spiritual grace. As we provide healing to broken, ailing bodies, we testify to His healing of broken, ailing spirits. We never take credit for ourselves, but remember the truth, “we treat, but Jesus heals.”
God is calling us to remember that beneath the weight of change, under the burden of uncertainty, that what we see as impossible is, in fact, the opposite. His word calls these dark days a “light, momentary affliction, preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
God is calling us to remember his goodness, that “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
Jesus is calling us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30). We are not ignorant of the paradox, that to share this easy, light yoke will require us to walk with Jesus into the immense pain and suffering of the world. It will require hard work and sleepless nights. It will require best-guess decisions in difficult circumstances, failing forward. It will require holding the hands of the patients we are were not able to save, praying for them in the last moments on earth, through our tears and heartbreak. It will require us to sacrifice everything, to cast down the things we hold most dear, to give up our pride, our desires, our plans, our dreams. But, in turn, we will find rest and our steps will be light.
God is calling us to pray – for our patients, for our colleagues, for our community, for our nation, for our world – to always, always, always pray.