Eight years ago, Friends United Meeting entered into a temporary arrangement with East Africa Yearly Meeting to restore Friends Hospital Kaimosi from the brink of collapse. The hospital’s situation was dire, and Friends around the world answered the call with an outpouring of prayer, volunteer time and financial resources. Under FUM’s leadership, the hospital has become financially stable with a well-qualified professional staff and an ever-improving reputation for medical care in the name of Jesus. We praise God for all that has been achieved during these years of FUM’s management of Kaimosi Hospital.
On 1 February 2014, FUM will cease involvement in Kaimosi Hospital. East Africa Yearly Meeting, in cooperation with Friends Church Kenya, is entering into a new relationship for the future of the hospital – the National Council of Churches of Kenya has chosen this facility to be the flagship of their new “Jumuia” chain of high-quality Christian hospitals. The Council is poised to invest significant funds in upgrading the buildings, equipment and staffing in order to attract patients from across Kenya.
FUM will, of course, continue to pray for Kaimosi Hospital. There will be “wrapping up” costs associated with this transition, so Friends can continue to send donations for Kaimosi Hospital over the coming months. As we look ahead, we invite all Friends to pray with the FUM Board as it discerns how God might be leading Friends into new forms of healthcare ministry in East Africa, in continuing obedience to the gospel mandate to heal the sick in Jesus’ name.