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The Ten Dollar Difference

This is a guest post by my wife, Mary Bea Sullivan who is a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.

“I have a direct influence on the world around me, and I choose whether that influence is positive or negative.” 

My then 15 year-old daughter Kiki wrote upon returning from a mission trip to Kenya.

Kiki has inspired me to give back to the country that influenced her so greatly.

My friend and classmate, Father Joel Atong is from the village of Ngunya, Kenya.  Because of the cruel confluence of:  abject poverty, lack of medical care, and HIV/AIDS and malaria epidemics in Kenya, people in Joel’s village are dying unnecessarily. 

For $15,000 a simple medical facility can be built to provide basic medical care for 10,000 people.  Joel has a vision, support, and the experience to build this clinic on his church‘s property–saving villagers the 14-mile round trip walk to the doctor.

IMAGINE, 1,500 people giving $10 each, and the clinic is built.  

You and me and our friends, we can do this.

Will you help make this vision a reality?

There are 3 ways you can help:

  • PRAY.  Please say a prayer for the Ngunya Health Clinic project.
  • DONATE.  Please click on donate now, then choose “Ngunya Kenya Health Clinic” from the drop down box and make your contribution.  A huge thank you to the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama for helping us to receive your donations securely.
  • SHARE.  Click on the share button below and post this on Facebook and Twitter with your own comments.

I will update our progress periodically.  THANK YOU for your support and your prayers.  Blessings!


Joel is coming to Alabama in April:

1.  Joel Atong will be at Grace Episcopal Church in Cullman, Alabama on Friday, April 27th at 5:30 p.m.

2.  He will also be in Birmingham, AL at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s “Thinking Anglican” Sunday School on April 29th at 9:30 am.

All are welcome, no reservations necessary.


  1. Malcolm

    I wanted to give you an update in the last week regarding donations for the Ngunya Health Clinic. Our friends have given $1,200 and we are beginning to gain momentum.

    Please share this link with your friends and ask them to be one of the 1500 persons to give $10 to build a health clinic in Kenya!

    Thanks so much,

  2. Malcolm

    On April 29, 2012, we reached our goal of $15,000 to build a health clinic in Ngunya, Kenya. Thanks to our extended family members, friends on Facebook, Grace Episcopal Church in Cullman, AL, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL, an amazing thing happened. Small, medium, and large gifts were given. Each contribution has its own story. And thanks to all of us working together, we did it. Future updates will be given as Joel Atong returns to Kenya in late May, 2012.

    May God’s peace be yours, thanks be to God.

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