Ministry Vision and Prayer Needs
  1. Share the light of Jesus with patients
  2. Provide excellent and compassionate ophthalmic care
  3. Equip and disciple national medical personnel
  4. Teach and disciple our children
Thursday
Feb242011

Sharing the Light, Restoring Vision

Why We Serve

We both became Christians in our youth years through the influence of youth ministries at our home churches. Our first trip to Tenwek Hospital was in 1998 when Ben was a medical student. In 2006, after Ben completed his residency in ophthalmology and his fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery, we moved to Kenya to serve as missionaries at Tenwek.

Our ministry motto is “Sharing the Light, Restoring Vision,” and our desire is to share the light of Christ with the people of Kenya. Ben does this by providing treatments and sight-restoring surgeries to those suffering from eye diseases. Part of this treatment includes sharing the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, with patients. The Tenwek eye team also travels to remote parts of East Africa to share this Light and vision with people beyond the hospital’s reach.

Where We Serve

We serve at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. Tenwek, one of the largest Protestant mission hospitals in Kenya, was founded by WGM in 1935. Working under the motto, “We Treat, Jesus Heals,” the hospital operates healthcare centers, mobile clinics, dispensaries, and a nurses’ training program.

In addition to being the primary hospital for the area’s 1 million people, it is also a referral hospital that receives patients from other parts of the country. Tenwek’s staff, which now totals 500 employees, treats more than 10,000 inpatients and 70,000 outpatients each year. Approximately 3,000 major surgeries and 2,500 deliveries are also performed at Tenwek each year. In addition, several thousand people find Christ as Savior each year, and many more are impacted through Tenwek’s compassionate ministries and training programs.

What We Do

Ben: I minister as part of the eye team at Tenwek Hospital, providing treatments and sight-restoring surgeries to those with eye diseases. Another highlight of my ministries is meeting weekly for a time of discipleship and growth with interns training at Tenwek.

Jenny: I homeschool our three sons (Luke, Isaac, and Nate) and also share His light by teaching children’s Sunday School, helping with youth Bible quiz teams, being involved in community and orphanage outreach, and sharing the ministry of hospitality in our home.