Kenya Team: Valor Christian High School

IMG_1747Valor Christian High School

Team Leaders: Trish Anderson, Brita Erickson, and Mark Gomez

Team Members 16 Valor Christian High School Students

“When people talk about mission trips, it is usually glorifying the work they are doing for the people. But what I’ve learned while I was here, is that these people are doing just as much for us. They are changing my life. I’ll be leaving a piece of my heart in Kenya when I leave because of the connections I’ve made. Our team is awesome, and God deserves a never-ending praise for ordaining our team’s relationship. We can’t wait to tell you all about our time here. Continue to pray with us as we wind down our time here! God is doing great things.” Macy


DSC_8389Valor Christian High School returned for the fourth year to HEART from June 6-14. They brought three returning team leaders and sixteen students. They really made the most of their 8 days!

Some highlights include:

painting the Kibera WEEP center

DSC_8129attending church and leading Teen Bible studies and Sunday School for the children

driving to a Maasai village, Oldonyonyokie, and honoring the Maasai culture with food, dance., and soccer

building two homes in Kisii for two women with HIV/Aids.


Please follow the link to see photos of this team and share in the 8 day journey.

Jubilee Fellowship Medical Missions Team

Written by Pastor Johnathan Merle

Team Members: Johnathan Merle, Dave Donley, Jessica Gillesse, Elizabeth Nordquist, Adam Olson, Jennifer Olson, Rich Penaloza, Peggy Smith, Nancy Wolfe, Lindsey Bodenhorn

May 18
After nearly a year of planning, training, prayer, and preparation, our medical missions team is on their way to Kenya, East Africa to work and minister to women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. We are working with a terrific ministry called HEART, while we are there. Stay tuned for pictures and updates on a regular basis of all that is happening. It’s going to be an awesome trip and we’ll look forward to sharing about it when we return. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts!

965071_132010410328171_2000621546_o965609_132010380328174_162100365_o976128_132010173661528_1496876014_oMay 21 Here are some pictures from our first few days here in Kenya. We went to a slum, the 2nd largest in all of Africa called Kibera. I’ve been all around the world and seen a lot, but this was one of the roughest. Still, the women we worked with we’re happy, had hope, worked hard…it was awesome. The team is doing great. Tomorrow we’ll go to another community called Ngong.

May 26
KENYA UPDATE: Hi Everyone! We’ve been in the villages of Kenya (called “Up-Country”) and have had an amazing few days. The other day, we saw nearly 50 women in clinic, all who were HIV+, all without husbands for various reasons, and all lovely in so many ways. Our amazing team is doing TERRIFIC. We’re having the time of our lives seeing and experiencing the culture and people of this terrific nation. HEART ( is an incredible organization with some truly terrific initiatives to teach and reach the Kenyan people. Take a look at our photo album and enjoy!
May 27
474163_341329609327467_1736368017_o 977316_341329702660791_706456939_oHere’s a couple of pictures of me in clinic one day when we saw about 50 patients. It’s been YEARS since I did any clinical practice so it was fun to get back in it. The second picture is a cool story. Our group raised about $1400 to seed a micro finance project for this group of women. To receive this amount of money is a literal miracle for them as it is not feasible without help. Here’s the cool part though…The organization we’re working with has other groups of women that have received seed money like this and they’ve turned it into something amazing. One industrious women turned her 14,500 Kenyan Shillings into over a million Shillings. Another has hired 4 women in her enterprise. The goal is to instill business skills, values and training to empower them to not only survive, but to thrive. I challenged these women to make their seed into a tree and that we would be following up on their progress. It’s really neat to see. Thanks for following and praying for us

June 2
966676_133523170176895_832928982_o965710_135819933280552_1252946624_oAfter a long journey back traveling on 3 continents, the 2013 Kenya Medical Missions team is safe and sound back at home in Colorado. During our journey, we met many amazing people as well as really bonded as a team. We were told that our team left it’s mark on the ministry and those we worked with. The truth is, Kenya and those we met have left their mark on us. We are so grateful for the opportunities with an EXCELLENT organization, HEART, the American and Kenyan staff, and Vickie Winkler. We are also grateful for the support of those that gave to help us go and for our wonderfully supportive church and Pastor at Jubilee Fellowship Church.

Greetings from New York City!

Dear Friends,


Greetings from New York City! I had a safe trip and saw the favor of the Lord on each leg … from Amsterdam to JFK I was upgraded to Economy Comfort … an aisle seat in a row of 4 seats and only one lady on the end (Patricia)  she was from Italy (my age-ish) . She allowed an encouraged me to be able to use 3 seats to stretch out and rest! It was wonderful … then when I got to NYC she offered to share a cab and let me go to her apt in Manhattan and wait for Ali ….to come and get me from New Jersey!  It was lovely she knew how to negotiate through the airport etc. and we share the taxi cost!


Ali and Josh are an amazing young couple that love in Hoboken, NY. Ali is a school teacher and Josh works for Barkley Bank and they offered for me to stay with them while in NYC. I came yesterday and today with Josh on the Bus to the center of Manhattan and then took a cab to the convention center .. it was easy with him and the bus stop is a ½ block from his house.


They took me to dinner at a lovely up-scale restaurant about 2/1/2 blocks from their appointment the first night … ummmm wow so nice!


Yesterday the meetings started at 8 AM  and was a full day till 7:30 PM … I did not think I could stay awake and focused but it was so well done with many activities and such interesting speakers! President Bill Clinton was our luncheon speaker and of course he was great! People rushed to shake his hand and meet him … so I hung back a little … it was enough to hear his great speech!


The whole day was packed with networking opportunities  and I met some amazing people … also Rick and Amanda were there from Lift Up Africa so nice to meet some people I knew… I sat next to a young woman “Sara” at my assigned table (right up front) and she just “watched over me … all day and brought me coffee and was so kind .. they had an “after party” here in Manhattan … but  I excused myself and headed back to Hoboken.


It was a very long day and immediately when I got home and (rode back with Josh as he waited for me) got home about 9 PM and went directly to bed …


Segal Family Foundation

Segal Family Foundation

Today is a training day put on by Segal Family Foundation(SFF)  … this group is actually amazing I am so impressed with their desire to see all of succeed and to come alongside their grantees and offer support and tools to be successful! They are interested in helping African grassroots organizations with Institutional Strengthening and their whole approach is taking small to medium groups like HEART  to the next level of growth! It is a wonderful philosophy and it is working! They interspersed the day yesterday with success stories that were so encouraging!


SFF will have their 2014 Annual Meeting in Africa in October! So hope some of my staff can attend!


So I arrived in the city early (doesn’t start today till 10 AM but I came again with Josh … so I am at a café next to the Convention center and just wanted to touch base with all of you!


The weekend promised to be quiet … Ali and Josh offered me several options … but rest a and  quiet day and go to church with them on Sunday (I think they attend a Catholic mass) sounds wonderful to me! They promised me steak again on their Bar BQ Sat night (my favorite!) and I will take them out tonight ..


Monday I go to Philly to meet with Women Leaders in Action (WLA) will take the train … and so look forward to that and back to Hoboken the same day and then to Boston to stay with ken and Marie and will also see  Amanda again with Lift Up Africa and hopefully Peter Norris!


I travel to CA on Friday next week …


Just a little update … thanks for sharing this amazing journey with me!




Vickie Winkler    

HEART Executive Director

P.O. Box 63414 – 00619 Muthaiga

Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa


Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Award


MDG Award for HEART

April 26, 2013 – HEART won the honor of the first place award for MDG #3

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. From this site, explore the efforts of the UN and its partners for building a better world.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Award is an initiative that acknowledged the contribution of Government, Development Partners Institutions, Private Sectors, NGOs and Individuals in Kenya that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in driving the achievement of one the eight MDG goals through their core programmes. This initiative is being implemented in partnership with United Nations Department Programme in Kenya, Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, Millennium Development Goals Trust Fund and the Government of Finland.


The MDG Award presented to HEART

The MDGs Goals:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Achieve universal primary education

  • Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Improving maternal health care

  • Reduce child mortality

  • Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

  • Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Create a global partnership for development with targets for aid, trade and debt relief

Sutter News

Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region

Weekly News Round-Up

Week of March 23 – March 29, 2013


Sutter News

Davis Enterprise

Rotary’s child abuse prevention  

work extends to Kenya

March 29, 2013

Angela Rosas, M.D., medical director of the Sutter BEAR Program and child abuse consultant for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, is among a group of professionals heading to Kenya to train health professionals and business leaders in child abuse prevention techniques. The trip is funded by a grant from The Rotary Club of Davis.


The Sacramento Bee

Cathie Anderson: French invasion at Sutter (scroll to second story)

March 28, 2013
Au Bon Pain has taken over cafeteria operations for guests and employees at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. The eatery has grab-and-go stations at Sutter Memorial and Sutter General hospitals and will soon open at Sutter Capitol Pavilion. A second, larger cafeteria will be located in the basement of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. Larry Maas, assistant administrator for SMCS’s master site plan, and Jack Breezee, director of nutrition and food services for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, are quoted.



The Sacramento Bee

Integrative Medicine: Sounds icky, but treatment’s promising

March 28, 2013
Kay Judge, M.D., and Maxine Barish-Wreden, M.D., medical directors of Sutter Downtown Integrative Medicine program, talk about a strange new study in the New England Journal of Medicine that shows transferring fecal matter from one person to another works better than current medical therapies to eradicate bacteria from the serious bowl infection Clostridium dificile colitis.


The Sacramento Bee

I Care: Her humor helps the healing of hospitalized children

March 25, 2013
As part of national Child Life Month in March, Susan Rumberg, Child Life volunteer at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento, is featured in a volunteer spotlight column. Rumburg has been a volunteer with Sutter’s Child Life Program since 2006.


A similar story featured Sutter’s Child Life Program can be found in Sacramento Today.


The Sacramento Bee

Kudos to: Brenda McCulloch, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, registered nurse

March 25, 2013
Brenda McCulloch, R.N., cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, was recently named clinical nurse specialist of the year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.


CBS 13

Conquering The Court

March 24, 2013
Andrew Carducci, a high school tennis player from Auburn who suffered major head injuries last year, learned how to walk and talk again thanks to Sutter Rehabilitation Institute. Andrew joined his rehabilitation therapists from SRI during the “Walk for Thought” event to help raise awareness about what it’s like to survive a traumatic brain injury. Greg LeBleu, M.D., physiatrist with SRI, and Olutosin “Tosti” Okon, physical therapist at SRI, were quoted.


Times-Herald (Solano and Napa counties)

Sutter launches new advanced care program

March 24, 2013

Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management Program launched in Solano County last week. The AIM program extends its reach to Sutter Solano Medical Center, and Sutter Medical Foundation/Sutter Medical Group patients in Solano County. James McGregor, M.D., regional medical director for the AIM program, is quoted.


Davis Enterprise

Readers’ Choice: Best Hospital

March 21, 2013
Sutter Davis Hospital was chosen as Best Hospital in the 2013 “Yolo County’s Best” special section of the Davis Enterprise. Other Sutter doctors and services were also chosen in the following categories:


Readers’ Choice: Best doctor


Readers’ Choice: Best physical therapy


Readers’ Choice: Best dermatology/cosmetic surgery