Kay Stradinger

Whitworth parent

Place of service: Kizimani

Why I Serve

I’ve been interested in cross-cultural missions since my youth. I then became a Christian and was led to enter graduate school in psychology, but only recently has God opened doors for using His gifts to me for missions. Kizimani was started by Miriam Won of my church, and her sister, so I have seen what a dynamic, high-quality, God-centered ministry it is and how God has grown it and woven the threads of people’s lives together into something much bigger than any one person could imagine!

How I Serve

I served on a 16-day mission trip where we served three marginalized communities in Kenya. A team of 24 volunteers did medical care, community development, and education. I helped with VBS and teacher training at Jamii Primary School, Healing Arts Camp and counseling at New Dawn High School, and led devotions focused on our themes of forgiveness and restoration connected to Joseph’s life in the Old Testament and grief and trauma issues of these Kenyan individuals and families.

God provided nice “small world” surprises. One was learning that a Whitworth graduate, Dr. Alfred Nganga Mutua, ’95, is now governor of the county where the Kizimani Mission Clinic was built. On Aug. 8, 2015,┬áhe presided over it’s dedication, which helped us learn even more about the people and culture. Dr. Mutua is getting things done and his constituents seem very appreciative. Just another reason why I love Whitworth!