Serving in Rural Kenya
Litein is a small town in the beautiful, lush highlands of western Kenya, about two hours east of Lake Victoria and half a day’s drive from Nairobi, the nation’s capital. With an estimated population of 2,300, Litein is a busy hub in the fertile South Rift Valley. Many residents work as farmers of tea, corn, and livestock.
One-hundred years ago in the United States the average life expectancy was about 60 years old. Today, Litein, Kenya, has only just exceeded this average. Many people in Litein and surrounding areas struggle to have adequate access to health care. This is particularly true for any kind of specialized medical care, as most local physicians do not have the opportunity to pursue a specialty.
The Serge team in Litein brings needed specialty care to patients and specialty training to current physician interns and physician assistant interns, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn from specialists.
With the coming of specialists to Litein, the Kabarak University Family Medicine Residency Program will also begin sending residents to train at the hospital. The Kabarak program involves deep and broad training across multiple specialties with an emphasis on scholarship, leadership, and discipleship. The goal is to disciple and train Christian African physicians to become beacons of hope and healing across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Serge’s work in Litein is just beginning, yet results of this labor are already seen. Team members bridge the gap for Kenyan families by providing specialized health and preventive care in internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and nutrition. Under the training and discipleship of Serge staff, trainees rotate through the major specialties of pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, and OB-GYN.
The goal is a multi-faceted approach to greatly improve the state of healthcare in the region, enabling members of the local community to live longer, more abundant lives, and to partner with and empower African healthcare providers to change their world.
With the people of Litein, the team seeks to be agents of God’s redemption and restoration in the world through physical and spiritual healing. They look to the Holy Spirit to transform lives, communities, even countries, with the truth and hope of the gospel and the ministry of medicine.
Building the Team
The Serge Litein team seeks several new team members including:
- educators to teach missionary children (grades K to 8);
- orthopedic surgeons;
- For strong relationships among team members;
- For the hospital to remain a safe and effective facility;
- For the community to grow and flourish;
- For our team to effectively acquire the local language and adjust to life in Kenya.