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Stan and Mia Topple
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Stan and Mia Topple retired as mission co-workers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) but continue to serve as short-term volunteers. They served two short terms in 2009.
Doctors Stan and Mia Topple are medical doctors serving as long-term volunteers in Kenya. They work in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. Stan is a surgeon and advisor at the Kikuyu Orthopedic Rehabilitation Centre in Kikuyu, Kenya. Mia has served as a dermatologist at Kikuyu General Hospital. Recent years have found the Topples developing dermatology and orthopaedic services in other mission hospitals as well as Kikuyu.
“A witness to Christ is rendered in word and deed for the deep spiritual and emotional needs of these deprived peoples,” Stan says. “The work is broad, networking with many other church and government agencies, embracing many tribes and nations of the East Africa region.”
“I have enjoyed worshipping with Christians here in the local church and in the morning chapel, where hospital staff take turns leading the services,” writes Mia.
Comparing his current location to previous work sites, Stan observes: “Having served for 22 years under the PCUS board in Korea, this African experience is remarkable for the warmth and informality of the African worship experience. We are also struck by the great surge of volunteer church groups that enrich the scene. Many short-term volunteers come on their own for two to six weeks as surgeons, medical students and engineers.”
Stan was a mission worker for the former Presbyterian Church U.S. from 1959-1981. He was director of the Wilson Leprosy Center in Soonchun, Korea (1965-1978), chief of orthopedics at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia (1974-1975), and assistant professor of orthopedics at Emory University (1974-1975). He was director emeritus, advisor and orthopedic surgeon at the Wilson Leprosy Center (1978-1981) and chief of orthopedics at Charlotte Rehabilitation Hospital (1981-1985). He was in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Marion, North Carolina, from 1985 to 1990, just prior to returning to mission service.
Mia was appointed in January 1962 by the Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.) after she married Stan. She worked at the Wilson Leprosy Center until June 1981.
Stan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College. Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, awarded his medical doctor degree. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Christian Medical Society.
Mia graduated from the Medical School of Oslo University in Oslo, Norway. She had two years further training in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota hospital and Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Stan and Mia have four adult daughters. When in the United States, they attend Montreat Presbyterian Church in Montreat, North Carolina. Stan is an associate elder in the Presbyterian Church of the Torch in Kikuyu, Kenya.
Stan - October 23
Mia - February 9