Logan, Julie, Liam, and Zeke Banks

God designed our marriage with a heart for missions from the beginning.  Logan knew for years that his medical practice would involve missions, but soon after Logan proposed, the Lord confirmed the calling to Julie as well.  We felt called to sacrifice a traditional wedding, and in 2006 joined our lives together while serving for 5 weeks at a mission hospital in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  It was, for us, a giving of the first fruits of our marriage to God by serving together.

Our wedding day in Bolivia in 2006

Our wedding day in Bolivia in 2006

As we look back, we see that God has been uniquely equipping Logan with the exact skills urgently needed at Kibuye. 

Logan studied medicine at A.T. Still University and completed his Family Practice Residency at Cox in Springfield, MO.  He went on to do an International Family Medicine Fellowship which included a two month course on tropical medicine, training in burn care, dentistry, ultrasound, and minor surgery.  We lived for 5 months in rural Kenya while Logan worked and taught at Tenwek Mission Hospital.  Upon returning in 2010, he joined the faculty of the Cox Residency where he has taught residents and medical students while also completing an Obstetric Fellowship, which enabled him to obtain c-section privileges in an 860 bed health system.

Logan teaching medical students in the NICU at Kibuye.  

Logan teaching medical students in the NICU at Kibuye.  

Logan is passionate about education and sees teaching medical students as one of the best ways to embody the ministry of Jesus. Treating the sick, while pouring into the lives of a few apprentices who will go on to be leaders, preaching and healing throughout their own nation and beyond.  After an exploratory trip to Burundi, and faculty interviews with Kibuye physicians and Hope Africa University Administration, Logan has been invited to join the mission of Hope Africa University by teaching at the rural site, Kibuye Hope Hospital.  He is excited about the possibility of becoming the first D.O. to serve long-term in Burundi!  

The whole family is excited about the opportunity, and we are all praying about our role in the mission.

Julie and the missionary girls giving a ballet recital while Logan and Julie visited Kibuye, Burundi in August 2014 

Julie and the missionary girls giving a ballet recital while Logan and Julie visited Kibuye, Burundi in August 2014 

Julie has a degree in vocal performance and experience in theatre, opera, and leading worship at church.  She is a stay-at-home mom with high hopes for bringing the arts to Burundi through the local church and to the missionary families.  She will teach dance and music classes to the missionary kids, join in with the local Kirundi church, and homeschool our energetic boys.

the boys

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.
— C.S. Lewis

William Justice Banks was born in 2009 and had his first birthday in Kenya while we served at Tenwek Hospital.  Liam is a deep thinker, with college-level theological questions to keep us on our toes!  He loves fishing, climbing trees, learning about dinosaurs, and writing cards for family and friends.

Ezekiel Bravery Banks was born in January of 2011 and quickly gained the nickname Zeke.  He's a fast runner with a good arm, and we think we hear a budding musician.  Zeke is quick to laugh, loves his big brother, and spends most of the day in costume.  He is constantly pretending to be a cowboy, a pirate, or a superhero, but assures us with a smile that "it's just Zeke!"

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