From the perspective of David Tait.
Around 4 years ago the Lord told me to go live in Kenya and minister with our friends, David and Selina Walukhu. I mentioned this to Kathy at the time, in a general sense of going to Africa. Her response was, “Not until Mum dies.” Approaching 2 years ago now, this happened.
So, in August 2015 I went back to Kenya after a 10 year absence, with the specific purpose to talk with David and Selina. They were away! I saw them for 1 hour just as I was leaving Webuye for another town. After our reunion, they quickly showed me round the compound where they were now living. Quite different to 10 years before!
The 6 acre compound had been financed and built by a Pentecostal church in Holland. It included a large house, big Bible school, greenhouses, outdoor horticulture, aquaculture and poultry. It was amazing. Very different to what I had expected! So after a brief hello and quick look around, I left. All was going well with their Dutch involvement.
After coming home I was more specific about the call to Kathy. She said she needed to go over there to check it out, before making a decision. The opportunity came when we went to India for our son Nigel, and his now wife Savi’s, wedding. India is much closer to Kenya than New Zealand, and we found some very cheap fares from Delhi to Nairobi on Saudi Airlines.
We envisaged perhaps going there, helping a little in the Bible school, doing WWJ ministry round the countries in the area, with Kathy finding a job to help people, either in nursing or in some other way.
While in Webuye in December 2016 we asked medical people, community leaders, and ordinary people what their greatest medical need was. Without exception the answer was ‘eyes’. It just so happens that my wife Kathy’s primary nursing experience is as an eye nurse, both as a theatre nurse and in running eye clinics.
So the vision is born…….
ARRIVAL IN WEBUYE, KENYA – JULY 2017
Coming to live in Africa from New Zealand has brought us into a complexly new culture. We cannot change the culture in any major way, so we have to adapt to it. This has had challenges on the one hand and benefits on the other.
The opportunities are exciting, as can be seen in the floor slab being laid on our hospital building for a fraction of the cost at home.
We have also been able to renovate a disused greenhouse and grow a fantastic crop of tomatoes, again which we could not have done in New Zealand.
We look forward to continuing to help the local people by providing much needed health services from the beginning of 2018.
The adventure continues…..