The title of this blog comes from I Corinthians 15 in “The Message” paraphrase: “And why do you think I keep risking my neck in this dangerous work? I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus?....Not on your life! It’s resurrection, resurrection, always resurrection.” This weekend has involved at least four deaths in our ICU, three of the four from bad head injuries. While I personally don't face death every day like Paul, it seems that we do" look death in the face practically every day" as we care for patients at Tenwek Hospital. Sharing "tumaini" because of the power Christ exerted over death, is the central theme of the gospel we get to share with dozens, if not hundreds of patients each week on our wards and in our outpatient department. There is hope for Caleb and his parents and I ask you to pray with me for these shocked and grieving parents that they will cling to this hope no matter what happens in the next 24 hours.
After another wonderful Easter Sunday morning, begun with our annual sunrise service at the cross in one of our neighbor's yards, the Chupp family trusts that you also delighted in the hope and glory of history's most incredible event, the defeat of death by our Lord Jesus nearly 2,000 years ago.
I would also ask you to pray with us for the salvation of a visiting worker at Tenwek who has been with us for several months working on a special project. We don't usually have non-Christians working at the hospital, but the nature of the specialized work that he does under a contract with a secular company, has led to his work with us on a daily basis for nearly 10 months. For months God has laid this young man on my heart and I have prayed weekly for opportunities for me and others to share the hope we have in Christ. Today he attended our English Easter church service and spent a good amount of time with many of our missionary staff. Would you pray with me that God will give me and others wisdom, opportunity, and boldness to share the gospel truth with him even this week as we work together at the hospital?
Happy Easter from Kenya. He is Risen, He is Risen, always we proclaim, He is Risen Indeed!
Dr. Mike and Pam Chupp
Missionaries with World Gospel Mission at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya