noun (pl. trajectories)
1 the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces
Recently, when the team from Samaritan’s Purse was visiting, Jason gave a presentation explaining the 20 year plan for Kibuye. This was the first time I had seen this plan, and it is a site to behold. There was a team from Engineering Ministries International, who visited Kibuye even before the missionaries arrived and drew up plans for a new hospital with a new ER, eye unit, ICU, patient wards, 6 O.R.s and much much more. There are also plans to build a large conference center in hopes that this will become a meeting site for international medical conferences. And when I look around, even 1 year into the plan, I see so much of it has already started to happen. What I also appreciate is that the 20 year plan revolves around empowering and equipping the local Burundians to affect this change. It is not Americans who are out there day after day laying bricks and digging trenches, it is Burundians, hundreds of them. And while there is still a notable presence of “muzungus” walking about the hospital each day, the goal is to teach and train Burundians to do this same work, thus making ourselves obsolete. This will take time. As Carlan told me, “this is not a sprint, it is a marathon”.
In 2010, I got to visit Tenwek hospital in Kenya for 3 weeks (it was there that I met the Mcropders). Tenwek is a rural mission hospital, which was served for years by a singe missionary surgeon, I believe starting in the 1960s. Today, Tenwek is described as the “Mayo clinic of Africa”. And this transformation took place because over the years there was a dedicated group of Christian men and women who committed their lives to serving, caring for, and empowering a people group in need of better health care. I am so excited to get to be here now, at the place where Tenwek was 40 years ago, and to have this vision of what Kibuye will one day become, because of the love of a small group of men and women who have laid down the riches and comforts of American life, to love a people in need. And they do this in response to the love of a Savior, who laid down the riches and comforts of heaven to love and to serve them.
Finished: The new medical student dormitory
Just beginning: new housing for the Burundian national docs, being built adjacent to the missionary housing
Almost finished: a new morning report building (also where the med student lectures will take place)
The physicians who serve Kibuye (minus Alyssa who is in the U.S. and one more national doc)