Pete & Libby Halestrap
with Finlay, Gabriel and Florence
Sent from St Leonard's Church, Exeter
Pete and Libby share the love of Jesus through medical work, teaching and discipleship at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya.
Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. Since then British tourism has been a key element of Kenya’s economy, however, unemployment, poverty and crime remain high. Whilst the majority religion is Christianity, Kenya’s ethnic diversity and vast countryside means there are still many unreached with the gospel.
The Halestraps have been living and serving in Kenya since 2012. They are based at Kijabe Hospital, a large mission hospital in the Rift Valley.
Whilst Christianity is widespread in Kenya, its ethnic diversity and vast countryside mean there are still many who remain strangers to the good news of Jesus. Though it is in an area where the gospel has been proclaimed for over 100 years, Kijabe Hospital serves people from all over Kenya and other parts of East Africa, including a large number from unreached people groups and areas hostile to the gospel. As people go to the hospital looking for high quality and compassionate healthcare they are also exposed to the gospel in both word and deed.
Pete works in the Outpatient and Emergency departments of the hospital. He also runs a Higher Diploma programme in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care for Clinical Officers, and a postgraduate General Practice training programme for doctors. Through these he is seeking to disciple local believers and mobilise them to be reaching others.
Libby leads a weekly ladies’ Bible study group and teaches a preschool class at Rift Valley Academy, AIM’s boarding school for missionary children, as well as supporting the family and taking care of their three children, Finlay, Gabriel and Florence.
Together, Pete and Libby are also Unit Leaders for the AIM Kijabe team, a role that includes responsibility for administration, strategy and member care for the local AIM families.
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The Halestraps work at Kijabe Hospital, Kenya, seeking to serve the people attending the hospital and living nearby.
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Latest prayer points
- 6 October 2017
“in the hospital, Pete has transferred to the paediatric department for a season to cover a specific consultant need that they had. Having already taken paeds call for over a year he was familiar with the system, and is getting to grips with teeny-tinies in the nursery, ICU and on the wards. He continues his clinical leadership and teaching roles, and has enjoyed welcoming new trainees as the new term has begun.” Please pray for Pete in this new role and as he continues to train others in Emergency medicine and care.
- 7 July 2017
“Sadly this agreement (between the nursing union and the government) has recently broken down and the national nurses are back on strike, leading to greater pressure on our own hospital once more. We are seeing rising patient numbers in our already full wards and discouraged and overwhelmed staff who haven’t yet recovered from the effects of the last strike. Please pray for a swift resolution to this situation, and for energy and perseverance for those who stand in the gap and pick up the pieces of a broken system. Please also pray for new leadership in the hospital as they face the challenge of supporting the staff and continuing the process of rebuilding relationships and recapturing the vision of the hospital after a period of internal instability.”
- 2 June 2017
“Coming from the green, leafy and often-extremely-wet UK has meant I never appreciated what it is like to live without a source of water. The rain was often seen as something to be endured, taps never ran dry and even restrictions in water use were not common. Here in Kenya, and indeed much of Africa, it is quite a different story of course. After the November rains hardly materialised in Kenya the country quickly began to suffer under the weight of disrupted planting routines, failed crops and dry rivers. In February the president officially declared the drought as a national disaster and appealed for international aid, and in March it was suggested that as many as four million Kenyans were facing famine conditions. Indeed colleagues based in the northern part of the country reported huge loss of livestock, dry wells and a growing desperation. Here in temperate Kijabe we did not see devastation of the drought quite so acutely, but we were still very aware of failing crops, rapidly rising food prices, low water supplies and the growing anxiety of those who were desperate to begin planting but couldn’t risk doing so whilst the ground was so dry. And so, when the rain finally began to fall a few weeks ago, there was celebration and overwhelming thankfulness. Even the earth seemed to breathe a sigh of relief as the dry, cracked and dusty ground received its fill. We saw hope and anticipation and thankfulness, and now, as the rains persist weeks later, we continue to learn to nurture a heart of gratitude.” Praise God for the rain that has fallen, but continue to pray for more and for those who have already suffered greatly during this drought.”