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Tenwek Hospital International School of Chaplaincy

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It’s not enough to treat illnesses, heal injuries, and prevent disease. For the team at Tenwek Hospital, spiritual care is a critical component of patient care. In 1991, it became apparent that there was a need to have an organized training program for chaplains, both for hospitals and for other institutions, and the L. Nelson Bell Chaplaincy School was founded. It was named after Dr. L. Nelson Bell, a medical missionary to China in 1918 who felt that he could not do medical work without the services of a chaplain. 

Over 200 students have come from various African countries—including Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—to attend the school. This diversity has created a rich environment for academic exchange and cross-cultural exposure. 

When the School of Chaplaincy began, it operated on an informal structure with two, eight-week sessions: one for Kenyan nationals and one for foreign students. The program was expanded in 2010 with a two-year, full-time curriculum that trains chaplains for a variety of institutions—medical, educational, military, police, prison, etc. It became fully accredited by the Ministry of Education in 2011.


Pray for the students at the School of Chaplaincy as they learn to provide spiritual care for people who are often in crisis situations. Pray for the instructors as they teach the principles and skills of chaplaincy.

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