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Dear Friend, I hope you’re having a great weekend!  I want to share several kind comments, stories, and pictures from the past month: beautiful words from Kat and April about the mission of Kijabe and importance of bilateral exchange in medical education; thanks from patients healed; Joe Lehman’s midseason NCAA football update; Norm Boeve’s spectacular picture of Autumn in Michigan; and last, but certainly not least, a brilliant new song by Elevation worship, a church sponsor of Friends of Kijabe.  

As I have been reminded in several recent conversations, Kijabe is a place of dichotomy – beautiful outcomes and obvious imperfections.   With your help and God’s grace, we are moving forward.  Thank you always!

“Praise God for all the good works being done for His Kingdom at Kijabe. I visited recently with my husband who worked a month at the hospital as an attending, and I was very encouraged to see the fruitful ministry and compassionate, God-centered care that the staff had for the patients and for one another. May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen you all for His ultimate glory and your greatest joy.”
— April Chang

Dear Kijabe Hospital, 

I am thanking this facility for the amicable service which gave me dignity and personalised service as both an in and out patient patient.

I have spent 5 years with my brachial plexus injury and believe you me that this took less than three months to address.  I have Spent a total of 5 years with pain and a dysfunctional  right arm.

This one, Dr. Justin, took my case as an emergency, plus many others that came to the facility for attention.  Today I am on a review clinic visit. 

Thank you to you Kijabe hospital.

David N., Patient.


“About every poll in the country right now has Alabama, LSU, and Ohio State 1,2,3. All three’s quarterbacks are probably going to be Heisman Finalists. JK Dobbins is probably the better running back. Averaging over seven yards a carry, more than FBS leading rusher Chuba Hubbard and Wisconsin’s Jonathon Taylor. He has more rushing yards than Taylor also. Let’s get back to OSU-LSU. Burrow is mobile and extremely accurate. Fields is extremely mobile and very accurate. Throwing power isn’t an issue for ether. Ohio State is averaging 48.25 PPG, while LSU is averaging just over 44, impressive on both sides. The Buckeyes defense has allowed less than 7.9 PPG. LSU, on the other hand, has allowed 20, not in the top 25. Ohio State hasn’t looked challenged all year. Even when the played Wisconsin, who supposedly has the best defense in the country, couldn’t stop the bucks. Dobbins still ran for 163, while they held Taylor to just over 50. I just want to say this, Chase Young is the best player in college football right now. If he keeps up this pace, and if Ohio State makes it to the national championship game, he’ll set a record for the most sacks ever in college football history. We think that Chase Young will be the first DL to actually be able to pressure Joe Burrow. When you get a QB out of his rhythm, majority of the time you win. Dobbins and Young might just be the difference. Fields and Burrow are both too good to say one’s better, but there is a gap in Young and Dobbins. Grant Delpit is one of the best defensive backs in the country for LSU. We can’t forget Jeffrey Okudah for the bucks though, he’s in Todd Mcshay’s Top 5 in his mock draft. This could really go either way, but the OSU D might just be able to get the best of the tigers.”
– Joe Lehman 

Learn more about Joe’s College football fundraiser for Friends of Kijabe here.


“This past month, I had the amazing opportunity to learn and conduct research at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. Kijabe Hospital is a missionary hospital that was initially founded as a small outpatient clinic in 1915, and now serves as a tertiary referral center for patients from all across Kenya. As part of my research project, I was able to talk to local surgical faculty and trainees about their experiences working with Western visitors and their opinions about “global surgery” and “voluntourism”. I was also able to rotate in general surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, and even spent some time in their ICU and step-down units. I learned so much about the healthcare and surgical training systems in Kenya, and about the challenges of providing high-quality, cost-conscious care with limited resources. I’m excited to eventually share the results of my research and to see how the field of global surgery will evolve as we strive towards BIDIRECTIONAL exchange of information and opportunities between high and low resource settings. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity, and I’m counting down the days until I can return to this beautiful place. 🕊.”
— Catherine Zivanov, Vanderbilt 

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