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Bruce and Kate Dahlman, serving with Africa Inland Mission

It’s Just Us

Karibuni! (Welcome, Everyone!)

Bruce and Kate are medical missionaries with Africa Inland Mission, International (U.S. headquarters:  Peachtree City, Georgia).  In 1992, we took the plunge and moved from our cozy, husband-built home on the shores of a northern Minnesota lake to Kijabe, Kenya, East Africa.

Bruce was one of four family practice physicians at Africa Inland Church (AIC) Kijabe Medical Centre (now AIC Kijabe Hospital).  In the early 2000’s, Bruce was the Medical Director of the hospital as well as becoming involved with the development of Family Medicine programs for Kenyan physicians through the Institute of Family Medicine (INFA-MED) located in Nairobi, Kenya. His current “baby” is the development of a smart-phone-based digital health library project (that evolved out of his MPHE thesis) which will soon be available as a resource for medical and nursing personnel in Africa.

At first Kate was a stay-at-home Mom to our three kids (Erik, Ryan, and Kaari, ages 10, 7, and 5), trying to help everyone (including herself) get adjusted to life on a new continent (let’s just say it takes awhile).  She eventually taught the “patient attendant” course to nursing assistants at Kijabe School of Nursing.  In subsequent years, she was a Nurse Lecturer at the Kijabe School of Nursing, as well as a BScN curriculum consultant for Daystar University (Nairobi) and Kijabe College of Health Sciences.  From 2008-2010, she was privileged to be on the medical team with “The Least of These“, a project begun by World Gospel Mission to work with orphans and vulnerable children in and around Nairobi.

Here is how we looked back then (Off to Africa, 1992; Kijabe Family Band, 1994):

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Family Band

 

Fast-forward a few (23) years: The “nest” is empty:  the baby girl’s been married to her college sweetheart for almost four years already; the oldest son is getting married in October to a lovely gal (yaay!); and, the middle guy also seems to have found a “special friend” this past year (double yaay!!).  We appreciate the adults they’ve become, and treasure the times when we can all be together.

Here is how we look now:

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We are excited to be moving back to Kenya once again in this year of 2015.  Bruce will direct a new family medicine residency training programme that he has helped to develop; there will be 6-7 new residents in this first class, beginning in September.  Kate will polish off her teaching skills and see where she might be able to plug in once again as a Nurse Lecturer in the brand-new BScN nursing school.  Both of these programs are located at Kabarak University, Nakuru, Kenya, whose vision statement is “to become a Center of Academic Excellence founded on Christian values” (Kabarak’s Website).

And…most importantly, we are doing this because…….a long long time ago, each of us gave our hearts away to Jesus, the Christ of the Bible.  We now belong to Him.

For we have died, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God” Colossians. 3:3.

We are committed to doing what we believe He has called us to do: with His help, by His grace, and through the power of the Anointed and Risen Christ.

Thanks for reading!  We’re honored that you’ve taken a look…..and, as we say in Kenya, “karibuni tena!” (welcome again!).