Stories from Friends of Tenwek

Nov 14, 2016“Champions” Step Forward to Promote Support for Medical Specialties

When physicians and medical personnel visit Tenwek Hospital for short-term medical mission assignments, they often leave knowing they have received far more than they gave. Many feel a call to serve again. Some are so inspired that they seek new ways to extend resources from the U.S. medical community to help Tenwek strengthen its medical …

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Nov 14, 2016Meet Rev. Dean Cowles: New Friends of Tenwek Field Director

Rev. Dean Cowles and Dr. Cheryl Cowles returned to Tenwek in October 2015 after serving there as full-time medical missionaries with three small boys in the early 90’s. God opened the door for the Cowles to come as short-term volunteers in 2014.
“When we were here in the 90s, it was just a few American missionary …

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May 24, 2016Giving in Secret: The Example of Solomon Rop

Dylan Nugent is one of the long-term orthopaedic surgeons at Tenwek. He is helping physical therapist Solomon Rop with oversight and development of his ministry to the children of Bomet county that have special needs of various kinds. Dylan recently sent this message to the FOT Board.
I would like to say thank you for all the work …

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May 9, 2016Three Generations United in Service to Tenwek Hospital

Dr. Marvin Hage and his wife Miriam first visited Tenwek Hospital in 1997 – and have returned annually since 2009. A retired Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise with Tenwek’s Kenyan interns, residents, nurses, and ultrasound technicians.
Each year, Miriam devotes a significant part of her time at …

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Nov 12, 2015Andrew’s Story

Skip Roy is a physical therapist from Raleigh, North Carolina, who just completed a second volunteer mission assignment at Tenwek Hospital. He served with another volunteer, Leigh Ann. Here, in Skip’s own words, is the story of Andrew – a Tenwek employee and patient with an inspiring story that began when Skip and Leigh Ann first …

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Nov 1, 2015Sharing the Light, Restoring Vision

FOT is pleased to begin a new feature that introduces you to the medical missionary families whose service and leadership at Tenwek Hospital and beyond truly exemplifies the founding mission of the hospital. We begin this series with a profile of the Roberts family. 
Dr. Ben Roberts first visited Tenwek Hospital in 1998 as a medical …

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Dec 10, 2013Dr. Brynne Standaert

Tenwek Memories Last a Lifetime
I first visited Tenwek 19 years ago with my husband, Dr. Rick Standaert. Residents in pediatrics and general surgery at the time, we had the good fortune of meeting and working with then medical student David Hoover – now Dr. David Hoover, pediatric surgeon and chairman of Friends of Tenwek!
My, where …

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Dec 9, 2013Dr. David Longstreth

I visited Tenwek in October/November 2012 during the two-week Cardiac Surgery team visit. It was so humbling to be part of a team that gave so much of their time, resources, and gifts to build up the Tenwek Hospital and help so many in need. I hope I can return someday. It is a very …

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Oct 19, 2012Dr. Keith Baldwin

I visited Tenwek as a medical student in 2004 and have wanted to come back ever since. I recently had a two-month elective during my Surgical Oncology fellowship and convinced them to allow me to use the time to serve at Tenwek!

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Oct 13, 2012Dr. Rodney Lovett

Franklin Graham asked me to go to Tenwek in 1980 to fill in doing surgery for Dr. Ernie Steury who had to be in the States for awhile.

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