Think about the most significant influences on your life. Who shaped the person you are?
Was it a parent, grandparent, teacher, friend, pastor. . .a colleague?
Maybe a mentor who gave you a wise word of advice at a critical moment, or offered a hug when your heart was breaking. Maybe this person never did one spectacular thing, but instead consistently showed up and cared, month after month, year after year.
The book of 1 Peter contains a beautiful image of living stones. As you think about legacy an influence, the number one way that your impact in Africa will last is through the people you love and train and empower. Training of trainers, teaching of teachers, discipling of disciples.
I hope that you have the chance to work with some of the remarkable people pictured here next time you are in Kijabe; to speak words of wisdom and encouragement and to share your heart with our “living stones.”
Dr. Natalie, pictured above, is training to be the first pediatric anesthesiologist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country of 80 million (that’s twice the population of California).
Dr. Allan Kochi is one of ten pediatric anesthetists in Kenya, population of 48 million.
He and Dr. Natalie are part of the pediatric anesthesia training partnership between AIC Kijabe and University of Nairobi.
Dr. Newton and the Impact Africa team recently hosted simulation training at Kijabe for Managing Emergencies in Pediatric Anesthesia. The conference hosted providers from seven nations across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Sam Fabiano, PAACS general surgery resident visiting Kijabe for a three month rotation from Gabon. After he completes his residency, he plans to return to his home country of Angola.
Dr. Dimingo Gomez is a first-year general surgery resident at Kijabe in partnership the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons. He will be one of only 12 surgeons in Liberia when he completes his training.
Samuel Mwangi is an Emergency and Critical Care Clinical Officer graduate. The ECCCO program was created to give clinical officers extra post-graduate training needed to perform at a high-level in ICU, HDU, and Emergency care.
Kijabe ECCCO training contains a strong mission and discipleship component, and graduates are entering partnerships with training hospitals on Kenyan borders and beyond.
This program has given rise to creating Pediatric ECCCO curriculum, and we hope to see certification happen in the coming year.
Dr. Manakhe Nassiuma is a first year PAACS surgery resident who worked at Kijabe during her internship, was hired on to run the AIC Kijabe Nairobi Clinic, then recently accepted into the general surgery training program.
She is following in the footsteps of phenomenal female surgery residents at Kijabe.
Dr. David Jomo was posted at Kijabe for internship, excelled, and is now part of the orthopedic surgery residency program.