Not every Luke Society ministry depends solely on appointments or walk-ins. Dr. Tom Olewe knows for his ministry in Nairobi, Kenya, to be successful, he must get out and find those in need.
His ministry began as a street mission in 2000, helping the poor and homeless living in addiction to drugs and alcohol.
With a can-do attitude, Olewe started a sports evangelism ministry to witness to young people. His ministry also reaches out to people living in the nearby slums from his uniquely positioned clinic location. His wife, Merci, works as a physician in the clinic, which allows Tom to be out ministering to those on the street.
The efforts have led to the establishment of two satellite clinics and a church in the Kibera slum. The ministry has been active in fighting the spread of AIDS, and puts an emphasis on the needs of children and young people.
Dr. Tom Olewe
Dr. Tom Olewe is dedicated, determined and relentless in accomplishing the tasks God has given him. He is motivated by compassion for children living in the slums and has developed a network of clinics in these areas. Olewe has a strong ability to create trusting relationships with the people he is serving. He is not afraid to take a step outside his comfort zone to build lasting relationships with the children he meets and serves.
Population: 45.9 million
Size: 580,367 sq. km, or about twice the size of Nevada
Borders: Uganda to the west; South Sudan and Ethiopia to the north; Somalia to the east; Indian Ocean to the southeast; Tanzania to the south.
Religious groups: Protestant, 47.4%; Roman Catholic, 23.3%; Muslim, 11.8%
Primary language: English, Swahili
Literacy (age 15+): 78%
Physician density: 0.2 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 43.4%
Life expectancy: 63.8 years
Infant mortality rate: 39.4 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Tea, coffee, petroleum, fish, cement.
Climate: Varies from tropical along the coast to arid in the interior.
Terrain: Low plains rise to central highlands; fertile plateau in the west.