Tenwek Hospital in Kenya

Tenwek Hospital, located in Bomet, Kenya, is a ministry of World Gospel Mission and Africa Gospel Church. The hospital, which started as a single-nurse dispensary in 1937, is now a 300-bed hospital and training center. In addition to being the area’s primary hospital, Tenwek serves as a referral hospital that receives patients from throughout the country.

Operating under the motto “We Treat, Jesus Heals,” Tenwek’s staff treated more than 140,000 outpatients for dental care, stomach aches, broken bones, HIV follow-up visits, and other health needs in 2013. The hospital, one of the most advanced in the region, also saw more than 14,000 inpatients and performed over 3,000 major surgeries.

As Tenwek has responded to local needs over the years, it has grown to include specialized care in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, endoscopy, and more. Other recent medical advances that seem nearly impossible for rural Kenya include a new CT scanner and teams from around the world who visit Tenwek to perform open-heart surgeries, total hip and knee joint replacements, and eye services.

As reflected in the hospital’s mission statement, the goal of Tenwek’s staff is to meet their patient’s spiritual needs and physical needs through compassionate healthcare, spiritual ministry, and training for service. These needs are met through the skills of medical workers and the service of hospital chaplains, each of whom are available to visit and pray with patients and their families. They are also accomplished through these programs:

  • Tenwek School of Nursing—Kenyan nurses are trained to “Care in Christ’s Name” in the areas of general nursing, midwifery, and community nursing.
  • Intern Program—16 interns who have completed a university education are trained by current Tenwek staff in this one-year program.
  • Residency Programs—Medical residents are trained in surgery, orthopedics, and family medicine to provide specialized care at Tenwek and across East Africa.
  • Tenwek School of Chaplaincy—Individuals are trained as chaplains to serve in hospitals, prisons, schools, colleges, and other institutional settings and with the military and police.

“Tenwek Hospital is one of the greatest evangelistic outreaches I know of anywhere in the world today,” stated Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse.

Make an impact on your knees!PRAY: Please pray for the staff of Tenwek Hospital that they will have the wisdom needed to meet their patient’s physical needs and the compassion to care for their spiritual needs.

Do you want to serve at Tenwek?GO: Tenwek receives many volunteers each year. Are you looking for a hands-on experience in medical missions? Contact recruiting@wgm.org to learn more today!

Partner with Tenwek Hospital!GIVE: While Tenwek’s medical services are patient-fee funded and usually affordable, these services are also made possible through donations from ministry partners like you. Click on the links below to partner with Tenwek Hospital. You can also make checks payable to World Gospel Mission and write the specific project on the memo line. Send donations to:

World Gospel Mission
P.O. Box 948
Marion, IN 46952-0948

Patient Care Projects

Tenwek Hospital - General Operational

Tenwek OB/GYN Fund

Tenwek Orthopedic Care Fund

Tenwek Compassionate Surgical Fund

Tenwek Hospice Care

Tenwek Needy Patient Fund

Construction Projects

Tenwek Eye and Dental Building

Tenwek Medical Trainee Housing

Tenwek Orthopaedic Hospital

Medical Education Projects

Tenwek Family Medicine Residency

Tenwek Medical Education Fund

Tenwek National Medical Staff Education Advancement

Tenwek Orthopedic Residency Fund

Tenwek Surgical Residency Program

Special Projects


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Learn more about Tenwek Hospital!MORE: Go to www.tenwekhospital.org to learn more about Tenwek and its ministries.