Dr. Peter Okaalet is deeply passionate about improving the impact of faith-medicine-health partnerships.
He works to bring doctors and pastors together to emphasize more complete healing of the body and spirit.
“I see from the example of our Lord Jesus Christ that He seamlessly combined the preaching, teaching, and healing aspects of ministry,” Peter says. “So should we!”
As such, Peter has served as regional and Africa director with MAP (Medical Assistance Programs) International and began to infuse HIV/AIDS education and training into 25 theological institutions and Bible colleges. He was effectively able to communicate the Gospel to various organizations and instill in them an emphasis for physical health as well. As director for the Health and HIV/AIDS Policy, he was able to do the same in a more international capacity.
“Using this platform, I was able to meet needs, change communities and organizations, and even influence national culture,” Peter shares.
Peter has also spoken at Haggai International’s 39th annual conference and led a devotion at the Haggai International office in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I feel inspired, motivated – but also humbled – when I’m requested to train, facilitate, recommend, and endorse participants for the local and international Haggai training sessions,” Peter says.
Additionally, Peter was named one of TIME magazine’s Global Health Heroes in 2005. They recognized him for “his leadership in empowering and engaging the faith community in the fight against HIV and AIDS – especially in Africa.”
Peter was also asked to testify before the United States Foreign Relations Committee on “The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS” in Washington, D.C.
Using his knowledge and expertise, Peter faithfully witnesses to other doctors and health policy makers. He credits Haggai International for giving him the skills he needed to really make a difference for the Lord in his sphere of influence.
“The Haggai alumni are involved in serving Kenya through their various vocations and callings,” Peter says. “Doctors are doctoring; nurses are busy nursing; teachers are teaching – in schools and universities; civil servants are servings within the civil service. But while we do, we are utilizing the skills and knowledge that have been gained from the Haggai training to reach out to those in our circles with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
In the future, Peter hopes to use his skills to train members of parliament on the responsibility of serving their constituents well. He believes that by reaching out to political officials in this capacity, and also in Sunday church services, they can influence the policies of the Kenyan government and encourage their leaders away from “corrupt practices that are felt at all levels of society.”
Peter quotes Ephesians 3:20: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”
“That says to me that God has more in store for me,” Peter says. “I am open to His leading and guidance.”