We’re the Steeres. We live in Kenya.
You see, in 2005 we encountered God’s heart for people trapped in a systemic cycle of oppression and violence. It was an experience of a grief deeper than words, and a love so intense it took our breaths away. We’ve never been the same.
We began to ask, “what now, Lord?”. We had our eyes opened: the HIV/AIDS pandemic has orphaned nearly 18 million children worldwide. One in three people around the globe do not have access to basic sanitation. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are over 16 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed regions, with more than half of these deaths due to conditions that could be prevented or treated if they had access to simple, affordable interventions.
We had a growing conviction that with our understanding of how deeply God loves and grieves over his suffering creation, combined with the gifts and opportunities we had been given, we needed to act concretely. Some call this a ‘calling’. You can call it what you like.
In 2011, we sold up. Sold our house, our cars, and moved to Kenya. We didn’t know much of anything other than that Mardi had been invited to serve as a volunteer pediatrician at Kijabe Mission Hospital, and there was a school for our children to attend.
It’s 2014 now, and a lot has changed. Mardi is the Medical Director of the hospital. I split my time between helping doctors and pastors intentionally pursue a deeper life with God and building management and leadership capability. We’ve had sickness in the family, a devastating terror attack that hit close to home, and numerous challenges we never thought we’ve had to face.
But through it all, one thing has remained constant: an understanding that God truly is love. That in his unconditional, unchanging, willing-to-look-foolish-in-order-to-be-with-us kind of love (Luke 15, story of the two brothers), we find our identity. And, secure in this identity, we want to be ‘with God’ in loving and serving people who are unlovable, desperately needy, and who don’t ‘exist’ to most of us.
Our key aim in this site is to point beyond our work in Kijabe to a Father whose love “…doesn’t care if it looks foolish. [which] only asks that it be allowed to love at whatever cost.” (Murray Andrew Pura).