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
- 3 May 2019
Libby writes: “We’ve often talked about the joy and privilege it is to be part of training programmes at the hospital, and have shared many times of how encouraging it is to see trainees progress and grow in so many ways as they diligently work through their courses… I have enjoyed getting to know the trainees as the years have passed, but up until now have not had the opportunity to interact with them in the classroom setting. This changed recently however, when I was asked to introduce the graduating ECCCO class to the basics of teaching, particularly facilitating small group sessions, in order to prepare them more fully for the task of training colleagues in the future… It was a joy to see them so whole-hearted in their commitment to passing their knowledge and experience onto others, and to see them grasp the scope of influence they can have as they move on.” Please pray that God will use these graduates to help others grow in medical skill and in faith.
- 30 November 2018
“[A few weeks ago] Pete visited a region of Kenya where there is huge medical need as well as very little gospel presence. We praise God that the trip was a very positive one and that Pete and his colleagues were able to meet with a number of key medical officials and discuss what role Kijabe Hospital might have in supporting the healthcare of the area. We are so thankful that travelling under the good name of Kijabe Hospital meant Pete had a warm welcome and saw many open doors to the possibility of future partnerships. Very recently a colleague applied for a significant financial grant to enable this partnership to develop and flourish, but we continue to wait on the Lord for his timing and provision of the necessary resources. Please praise God for a positive and safe time for Pete while visiting this area. Please pray for ongoing momentum and continued positive relationships as plans move forward. Please pray that God will call just the right people to be part of a new team planning to be based there, and that he will provide the necessary resources to enable it to grow. Please pray for softened and receptive hearts for those who live in this area.”
- 5 October 2018
A month ago, Pete & Libby Halestrap returned to Kenya after some time in the UK over the summer: “[For many overseas workers] ‘home’ cannot be confined to one place or country, and even when you are fully immersed and settled in one place you know there will always be another that you love and miss. Nevertheless there is indeed a great richness in having more than one home, and it is an immense privilege to know and love many wonderful people across the globe. We’re reminded of this when we make the transition to the UK and back again, and fresh goodbyes are never easy. Yet in equal measure we count it a joy to be able to visit England each year, and to be refreshed and encouraged by the many people we love. We remain humbled by their support and interest, and for the opportunities we have to reconnect and share something of our Kijabe lives… And when our time is done for another year we’re grateful for smooth transitions, as we jump again from one home to another, and settle back into our Kenyan life.” Please pray for the whole family as they continue to re-settle into life in Kenya.