Dr. Daniel L. Tolan, associate director for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and a medical missionary to Kenya, will be the keynote speaker at the 38th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday in Albany.
The breakfast, organized each year by the Albany-Dougherty National Prayer Committee, is at 6:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S. Front St. Tickets are $12.
Tolan and his wife, Cindy, first applied to, and were accepted by, World Gospel Mission (WGM) in 1978 as missionaries appointed to Kenya, Africa. They finally left for Tenwek Hospital in Kenya in December 1989 after Daniel completed residency training. Cindy, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ernie Steury, had grown up at Tenwek. Dr. Steury, a missionary physician with WGM in Kenya for 40 years, had a profound impact on Daniel’s life and it was a joy to work with his father-in-law for a number of years. During their first term of service, Daniel developed an outpatient TB treatment program and an orthopedic service. He also directed the rural clinics and dispensaries associated with Tenwek. Anna was born into the Tolan family in 1993 and she calls herself a true African-American having been born in Africa at Tenwek.
In 1996, the Tolans moved from Tenwek to Kijabe where their children were able to attend school at Rift Valley Academy. Daniel worked at Kijabe Hospital and Bethany Crippled Children’s’ Center. In November 1996, Daniel was asked to lead an effort to bring General Practice training to Kenyan doctors and was appointed the Director of the Institute for Family Medicine. The goal was to train doctors to serve the rural poor. Following many years of work, which gradually turned into a full-time job for Daniel, the curriculum was approved and training started in April 2004. Indiana Wesleyan University recently conferred the Outstanding Young Alumnus award upon Daniel in recognition of his service to the people of Kenya and his efforts to improve their heath care and health education system.
In 2003, the Tolans returned to the United States for their scheduled furlough leave. Near the end of their year in the U.S., Dr. David Stevens called inviting Daniel to work with Susan Carter in the newly formed Global Health Services department (now known as Center for Medical Missions).The Tolans have been seconded to CMDA, where Daniel is the Associate Director of CMM, on a long-term basis.
The purpose of the breakfast is for the community to join in prayer for the city, nation and world. The committee members believe that prayer is the key to bringing about a positive change that will ensure a productive and safe future. As a result of this program and others, including the National Day of Prayer program on the first Thursday of May at the Albany-Dougherty Government Center, the committee members hope to keep the community united with its local, state and national leaders in upholding God’s mandate to “be faithful in prayer and to delight in the law of the Lord.”
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was started in 1973 by the Albany chapter of the Christian Business Men’s Committee. The event is held on the third Thursday in February.
For information, contact Wanda Mitchell at 435-7930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.