"I am proud to have known Ernie and grateful to have called him my friend. For me he was, and always will be, a true model of Christian servanthood. My prayer is that God will use his story to impact many more for a life of service to the King." from the foreword by FRANKLIN GRAHAM
Lord, I don’t know what you want me to do. But whatever you can do with my life, here it is!” When Indiana farm boy Ernie Steury uttered this prayer at the close of a church service in 1948, he could never have imagined how God would use him to build one of the most successful medical mission facilities in the world. This compelling biography recounts Ernie’s remarkable life and ministry as a medical missionary in Tenwek, Kenya.
Raised in America’s heartland, Ernie studied to be a medical missionary at Asbury College and Indiana University School of Medicine and then answered the call to Tenwek in 1959, where he founded Tenwek Hospital and built it into what is widely recognized as one of the premier mission hospitals in the world.
Ernie’s adventures in Kenya include pincher ants, an angry gorilla, and witch doctors. Cultural superstitions about surgery and other common medical treatments such as blood transfusions; limited human and medical resources; and facilities that, for many years, were inadequate to meet the needs of the thousands who came for helpall were obstacles Ernie overcame as he healed bodies and sought to change lives through the ministry of the gospel.
This account of exemplary faithfulness, spiritual wisdom, committed discipleship, lifelong obedience, and genuine compassion will inspire readers to follow Ernie’s example as dedicated servants of a loving God who is anxious to show the world what great things He can accomplish with an individual totally committed to Him.
Ernie’s is a compelling story with themes that grip your heart. His humility, faithfulness, and dedication to evangelism inspire and convict.” David L . Stevens, M .D., Chief Executive Officer, Christian Medical & Dental A ssociations