EKISA 2016

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Tue, 16 Aug 2016 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It is the time of year again when we are preparing for Ekisa, a three-day holiday club for local children that aims to share the Gospel and encourage children in their journey of faith. We have a team of 29 staff and students, all eager to make the programme fun and Christ centred. It is hard to believe that it is a year since we had our CMSI team out with us for the very same event in 2015!

On visiting Kiwoko some are struck by how bedraggled and unkempt some of the local children appear in contrast to their million dollar smiles and excited lavish hugs. Many visitors are humbled by this one experience alone as they walk to morning prayers from their room at the training centre. In their free display of acceptance, welcome and affection these little children can challenge a visitor’s sense of justice, thoughts on human rights, sense of propriety, and provoke questions about society’s norms – all before they have spent 24 hours in the country! Barriers and fears begin to crumble in the clumsy yet heart felt embrace of the little children.

Despite the outward appearance, many of our local kids are loved and looked after. However, recently I have been reminded that for a lot of children in this area, life is cruel and harsh. There was a young boy admitted to male ward last month with a fractured femur, due to a beating from his dad. I cannot think of what he was supposed to have done to ‘deserve’ such a severe punsihment. To make matters worse his father discharged him without care, to take him instead for care at the witchdoctor’s. I pray for that little boy because despite facing unbearable pain in the weeks ahead, he will probably also end up with a life- long disability, affecting his future. I wonder how he is now…

Last year, we had an admission of a student who could not move her arms because of nerve damage, due to being beaten repeatedly over the shoulders by her teacher. While these admissions are thankfully not common, their occurrences remind us of what sometimes does go on in the community.

Jesus loves the little children all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white all are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world!

If you serve in some sort of children or young people’s ministry – ‘thank you!’ Keep going, don’t stop. The children of the world need to hear and know Jesus – His love, forgiveness, acceptance and healing, many of them need much healing from living in this broken world. Perhaps you are not in ministry specifically but you have children, nieces, nephews, your children’s friends etc. Pray for them. There is so much potential packed into each unique life, pray that God would unlock it.

Pray for Ekisa, this year being held on the 14th-16th September. Pray that children will laugh, smile and come to know Jesus, that the ministry team will work well together and that God’s presence will be felt by all.

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Dr Oliver and Dr Rachel Penney said Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:20PM
Dear Dr Wilson, We are GPs in Herefordshire and are interested in spending a short time looking around your hospital with a view to deciding on longer term commitment once we retire ( we are now 58 and 56 )....Rachel's sister Deborah Betts lives in Kampala with her Husband Philip and so we have visited their family before. We have negotiated a 3 week period away from the Practice from 13.2.17 . We have been particularly recommended to visit you by Dr Vicky Lavy and by friends of Deborah's. We worked in a mission hospital for 2 years in Papua New Guinea before we started as GPs here. We went back there for 6 weeks with all the family and I visited Muheza hospital in Tanzania about 5 years ago and came back with the feeling there might be a role for ex GPs like us somewhere. We are away on holiday tomorrow but very keen to hear from you if you feel we might be able to spend a few days with you then Many thanks Yours sincerely Oliver and Rachel Penney

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