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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Latest prayer points
- 22 June 2018
“Here in Kijabe we see a new cohort of trainees enter both the ECCCO programme and the post-graduate Family Medicine course each year, and Pete has recently been involved in interviewing a number of applicants for both new intakes. It is always an exciting yet humbling time, as he meets with many extraordinary individuals with incredible stories of perseverance, suffering, passion and commitment. Many have travelled far. Some have seen war, or hardship, or misery. All have made sacrifices. As they share their stories we see an overriding desire to receive good training in order that they might take their skills back and serve their people. It’s awe-inspiring to consider their dedication, and to begin to imagine the ripple effect that their training could really have…Meanwhile the third-year students also came together, but this time to present their plans for a research paper. It was encouraging to see all the residents performing so well, and to appreciate again their desire to serve those most in need, but with excellence…We are confident that these trainees will change the face of Kenyan medicine in the future and are excited to continue to see their growth. We look forward to witnessing what God has in store for them in the years to come.”
- 12 January 2018
“Over the last few weeks we have been privileged to attend several graduation events. The first was for our friend Cassius, who had just completed his higher diploma in Telecommunication and Electrical Engineering from the Multimedia University of Nairobi. We had a wonderful time at the formal ceremony at the University, where over 900 people graduated, followed by a more intimate celebration with friends and family at his house the following day. During these times we were struck by what a huge achievement this graduation was for Cassius. The local Chief spoke and reminded Cassius that he is in a small select group of people from that community who have managed to graduate from University. His hard work, perseverance and abilities had allowed him to get to this point and he has many bright opportunities ahead of him. We also need to pass our thanks to many of you for enabling this to happen. We know many of you prayed for Cassius and several others helped financially. He would not have been able to do this training without you. So to those who supported Cassius – Thank You. And to Cassius – We are very proud of you.”
- 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.