Rory and Denise Wilson, with their son Gideon, are CMS Ireland Mission Partners working in Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda where Rory is the hospital's Medical Superintendent. Denise is involved in teaching the students of the nurse training school.
Reason to Celebrate
Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 19 Dec 2016 | 2 comments | Bookmark:
After the 25-year celebrations, it was thought that there would be no money in the bank to have a Kiwoko Hospital Christmas Party, but some last minute contributions freed up some cash for a Christmas Party! Thus, on Friday 16th December, the kitchen cooked a special lunch for all the staff prior to the festivities, then at the end of the party we also received a soda (fizzy drink) and a bun, promptly followed by a piece of cake!
As usual the celebrations were held in the grounds of the Health Training Institute, and a lot of effort went into making the place look seasonal – ribbons, tinsel, Christmas tree and a table of gold wrapped presents!
The mood of the afternoon was mellow and a sense of contentment pervaded the place. The cynics amongst us may attribute this to the post-dinner sleepy phase plus the heat of the afternoon, but I prefer to think that there is at least one other reason why people were happy and content. Staff members were happy to spend time with, not just work colleagues, but with family.
Kiwoko has over 400 staff and nearly 200 students, and I have no doubt that at times there are tensions and irritations within – what family doesn’t? However, no one was in a rush to leave – even though they had already eaten. (In most cases here, once people have eaten it signals the end of a function and people drift off.) On this party afternoon we had more and more people drift in. What an encouragement that people really wanted to spend time and have some fun together.
We had lots of presentations and it was just wonderful to see folk come up and encourage those performing with a sweet or some loose change. Even the less polished of our performers were gently encouraged by the audience with such grace. No one was laughed at or demeaned for their contribution: everyone was appreciated. Friday was about family, not about designations, roles and responsibilities.
This I believe reflects something deeper, something of the ethos of Kiwoko, which was captured by the Guest of Honour Rev Daniel, when he talked about all of us belonging to the body of Christ. Each department plays its part and the hospital is not complete without every department’s contribution.
As Bishop Desmond Tutu once said,
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
I was feeling tired on Friday afternoon and actually had intended to show my face briefly at the party and then leave again. I am so grateful that I went, as I was reminded again of all the wonderful people who work in Kiwoko, who belong to the Kiwoko family, daily contributing to the needs of patients and staff depending on their role. I came away invigorated and spurred on, to keep on playing my part, in this wonderful Kiwoko family.