Stephen Thigu
Family Medicine Resident
Residency Location: Kenya
Home Country: Kenya
Tell us about your background

I was raised in a home where my parents modeled Christian values. We regularly attended Sunday service
and catechism classes. I came to faith in 1998 at age 15 years in Maseno School, a high school in western
Kenya. This was through a Navigator’s expositional bible study conducted by Pastor David Odhuno, a
Navigators Missionary. It was then that I realized that I was a slave to sin and desperately hopeless without
Christ. I needed to receive the free gift of salvation in order to experience true freedom.

Upon Joining University of Nairobi in 2003, I continued serving with the Navigators by leading
Investigative Bible Discussions (IBD), Shorterm Experience in Ministry (STEM), University Students’
Conference and annual summer exchange program between University of Nairobi and Pennsylvania State
University. I also joined Mamlaka Hill Chapel where my faith grew while serving in Missions and Prayer
ministry. During medical school in Uganda, I continued serving with the Navigators at Makerere University by
coordinating small group Bible studies and evangelism.

I am currently serving in the Men's Ministry in Navigators where I coordinate Every Man A Worrier
(EMAW) Bible studies. My mission in life is to know God truly and make him known. In the coming years, I
hope to be used by God to impact people through wholesome healing of body, soul, and Spirit.

The calling to medical mission has happened at three distinct points in my life.

The first time was in my
teens while visiting my dad who worked as a medical records officer in Kenyatta Hospital. I felt Medicine was
a noble profession with the opportunity to serve others and gain respect.

The second was in 2010 while reading about the need for medical missions. In the book Don’t Waste Your Life
(by John Piper), while quoting Ralph Winters, he writes about the Cancer pandemic:
“It’s like getting caught up in 150 Vietnam wars at the same time—as far as battle deaths are concerned.
And yet we act as though no war exists… It fully accords with the intention of this book that thousands of
Christians would hear this challenge from Dr. Winter and give their lives in science and research, as well as
medical missions, to wage war against disease and suffering, and thus display the beauty and power of

More recently in my final year at medical school, I felt an affirming call to a residency in Family Medicine,
to be a catalyst in health promotion and disease prevention for all family members.


Where would you like to work?

I feel called to serve among the least privileged semi-urban poor communities in Kenya. Nairobi
Eastland’s region is such a place. The total population is about 2 million people with 70% identifying as
Christian. Only about 25% are adherent/ practicing Christians.

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