The Leister family has been living in Kenya over 10 years.  In that time Josh and Rachel were married in Kenya followed by all four of their children being born in Kenya.  They now live in Kapsowar, Kenya where Josh works at Kapsowar Mission Hospital as a Registered Clinical Officer(physician assistant).  Rachel in turn ministers through homeschool and community building in the area.  Together they are reaching into the community and further reaching into unreached areas of Kenya and East Africa.

The Leister family has a simple approach to their cross cultural life in a majority nation…

…Their vision is Jesus

…Their mission is to daily glorify God in all that they do

…They accomplish this in the power of the Holy Spirit

The latest transition facing the Leisters is another big move back to Eldoret.  They are excited to invest in family ministry with Josh’s parents Horace and Phyllis who live in Eldoret with their huge family of 33 children and counting.  This is a big step for the Leisters as they have enjoyed the community in Kapsowar so much and have made close and lasting friendships.  It will also be a challenge as they are going to start a building project for their new home on the same 10 acres that Tumaini live.  Until the time of moving Josh will continue to serve at Kapsowar Mission Hospital and commute when he can to oversee the building project.



Joshua and Rachel moved to Kenya in September of 2007.  At that time they were single adults in their 20’s with interest for one another.  As a trained nurse, Rachel was moving to Kenya to help Josh’s parents take care of orphaned children.  She was committed for a year in Kenya.  Josh on the other hand was take a break from his Paramedic training in the USA to help his parents settle into their new home in Kenya.  His plan was for a short visit and then to return back to school in Portland, OR.

After 4 short weeks God’s plan began to materialize for Josh and Rachel.  They both knew their paths were intertwined forever and Kenya was their new home.  Getting married a few months later in Eldoret, Kenya was the first step on God’s adventure.  They later moved to Kisumu, Kenya for Josh to train as a Clinical Officer allowing him to provide much needed medical to vulnerable people in the country and open doors into East Africa.  Finally becoming a Registered Clinical Officer after 4 years of grueling medical training, Josh serves as the medical advisor for Tumaini Children’s Home.

Josh and Rachel with their four children (Tekoa-9yr, Eliza-7yr, Samuel-5yr, and Emmanuel-3yr) now live in Kapsowar Kenya.  Josh works at Kapsowar Mission Hospital in the surgical department.  Rachel ministers as she does homeschool with the children, manages the household, and builds community in the area.

Together the Leister family love to worship Jesus, make disciples and see God’s original intention realized on the earth.