Pete and Libby Halestrap

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.

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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Latest Prayer News

Libby Halestrap is involved in teaching at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. One course designed to equip clinical trainees in basic teaching skills has been expanded to hospital staff, faculty and other clinicians who work alongside medical students. Praise God for how the course has been met with enthusiasm, and please pray for those being equipped by it as they use these skills in their everyday roles to train the next generation of medical staff. 

Pete and Libby Halestrap serve at the Africa Inland Church Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. Please pray that they and their children will be able to visit the UK over the summer for Home Assignment and so that Pete can complete some UK-based work to keep his medical licence valid. 

Please pray for Pete Halestrap and the staff of the AIC Kijabe Hospital as they respond to the Covid-19 pandemic whilst continuing the hospital’s other services. Pray that God would sustain and strengthen them, and give the hospital’s leadership wisdom in their leading during a very demanding time.

“Here in Kenya numbers of the virus have continued to rise, and Kijabe Hospital is now seeing more and more Covid patients. Meanwhile the workforce within the hospital has begun to dwindle, so Pete’s clinical workload has increased. It is likely that he will remain very busy for the coming months, but we can only wait to see how the pandemic continues to affect life in the hospital and beyond… Probably unsurprisingly, we have made the decision that we won’t be returning to the UK for our usual summer break. There were many factors involved in our decision, but for now we know it makes sense that we remain in Kijabe. We hope that later in the year there may be the chance for a visit, depending on how things open up in the coming months.” Please pray that God would sustain the family, especially Pete and others working at Kijabe Hospital at such a demanding time.

“During the last few weeks Pete, with many others, has been very involved in making plans, writing protocols and readying the hospital for what could be a devastating time. As we see good healthcare systems across the world overwhelmed by need it is hard to imagine how an already-overstretched and under resourced healthcare system will stand up to what might come. We continue to pray that we might be spared the full extent of this virus, and yet it also wise to learn from the challenges other countries have faced and work to proactively get ahead of the problem. The children’s wing of the hospital has been converted to a Covid Centre, allowing greater isolation and the main hospital to maintain most normal services, and thorough checks of patients and visitors to the hospital continue. Meanwhile teams from the local community, as well as in the hospital, are working to produce the best protective gear they can; many gowns, masks and face shields have been made in the last few weeks.” Please pray for Pete and others working in Kijabe Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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. LEARN MORE

Healthcare

We long to see Health Professionals practising, modelling and mentoring competent, compassionate medicine, but doing so in places where they will influence unreached people groups for Christ. LEARN MORE
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