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Miracle at Tenwek: The Life of Dr. Ernie Steury 1st Edition

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"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 Associations)

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"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 help—all 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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Discovery House; 1 edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572932228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572932227
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Hale on October 15, 2007
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The story of Ernie and Sue Steury and the further development of Tenwek medical facility in Kenya Africa is nothing short of a look into God's hand and heart. As young Ernie Steury, gives up a Naval career, not quite knowing why and then becomes a medical missionary in Africa, God works miracle after miracle. If you are discouraged, are weary, and need to be reminded to "draw near to Jesus" this book is for you.
My heart crys out "Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord let the earth hear His voice, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice. O, come to the Father through Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory great things he has done."

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Wow! What an amazing story about an amazing ministry and an amazing man of God! You have got to read this book. Today, Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, Africa is a top-notch hospital, helping to relieve the suffering of thousands of Kenyans. There are some pretty wonderful stories in this book. Some will bring tears to your eyes, and others will have you truly laughing. You will thank God for the main character in this book, Dr. Steury, although he would say, 'no - it was all God. We treat, God heals.'
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Of interest to me because one of my doctor's here in CO. has done missionary work at this hospital on two occasions over the years. Haven't finished reading the book yet, but i've enjoyed what I've read so far.
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Rarely have I read a book that moved me emotionally and spiritually as this book about a saint on earth, Dr. Ernest Steury. This man had unbelievable stamina and faith that motivated him to take on challenges that defeated most people who tried to follow in his footsteps. I wish I could have met this wonderful man; his life made a difference that goes on today at TenWek Hospital in Africa. If you don't read another book this summer, read this one. It will leave you rethinking your own journey in life.
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This book is an interesting, engaging biography of Ernie Steury. The author is an excellent storyteller, vividly portraying Ernie Steury's life and personality through dramatic, amazing, and funny stories. The book does cover some of his childhood and early adulthood, but mainly focuses on his work in Kenya.

Much information is included about the local culture and the problems local customs created during medical treatment, like the superstitions about death, blood, and spirits and the practices of female circumcision and infanticide. However, the living conditions at the hospital weren't as primitive as in some missionary books.

Most of the surgery scenes are not highly graphic, but the few that are might make people queasy if they get queasy watching TV surgery scenes.

The book quotes letters and articles written by Dr. Steury to show the emotional stresses and ups and downs of missionary work. It also includes quotes from family, friends, and staff. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in medical missions or in rural Kenya.

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This book gives the reader an inside look at the reality of working to become a missionary and the devotion to people it takes to win souls. The story also shows the difficulties and joys of helping people and the appreciation of those who receive both physical help and attention to matters of the soul. It is a good read and informative.
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The story of Dr. Ernie Steury and his family touched my heart. To see how God worked in their lives to bring them to Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya was most inspiring. He worked with so little upon arrival and God used him to bring in medical equipment and supplies, to establish a safe water supply for the hospital, to build a hydroelectric plant there, to greatly enlarge the hospital and the Tenwek campus, and to touch the lives of so many kenyas, both for better health and for spiritual well being over a 50 year period. Our son and his wife are presently working in this hospital. Having visited for three weeks in March, it was wonderful to read about all the things I had seen there. Don't miss his amazing biography.
Madelle F.
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By ballizlpn14 on December 30, 2013
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You don't even have to be a christian to love this book. This book is absolutely soul inspiring. I have friends working at Tenwek now who recommended it, I had never even heard of the place. It's so incredible to see how this hospital began and how one man inspired so many to make it what it is today. Fabulous read!
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