Not everyone gets the opportunity to have two careers during their employment years. Dick retired as general foreman from a major electrical contractor in Salt Lake City. At 40, he began another career as a Firefighter/ Paramedic, working for the Salt Lake City Fire Department, loving every day for another twenty years. Served on the FEMA Utah Task Force 1 Search and Rescue Team (deployed to 9/11 World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina). Following retirement, he and his wife served as Country Director for Kenya and Tanzania, Africa for two years representing our church’s humanitarian initiative. There he learned to love the “poorest of the poor” and understands how you can make a difference in the lives of the children. While serving in Kenya, they met Steven Kyalo and the kids and have been involved with the orphanage since 2011.
Serving in Kenya, as a humanitarian missionary for two years, has made a profound impact on Janet’s life. At 68 years old, educated and experiencing most of life’s challenges i.e., becoming a wife, a Mom, rearing four sons to adulthood, 10 grandchildren, family, church and a career… one would think they are prepared for the challenges that poverty and living in the slum can do to a child. Once you experience a life full of blessings/ gratitude and you have the time, desire and means – it is a privilege to continue to serve those less fortunate. That is why Janet and her husband are continuing to support the orphanage and do all they can to “Plant a Seed and Grow a Future” for those children. (Educated at Brigham Young University, retired from Intermountain Healthcare).