Kiwoko changes

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Thu, 21 Jul 2016 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Last week the Archbishop of Uganda, the Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali was making a pastoral visit to Luweero District and joined us for morning prayers at Kiwoko. He praised the staff for the good work and encouraged everyone to keep on administering the compassion and love of Christ as we serve the local community. It was wonderful, but we were also blessed that morning by the words spoken by Sister Justine, our PNO (Principal Nursing Officer) as she reflected on Isaiah 43:18-19…

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

It seems that we are experiencing a season of new beginnings and endings in Kiwoko.

Rory and I had the privilege this week to have two individuals visit our home as they prepare to go off for further nursing studies. It was a bittersweet experience for us as these two people have made valuable contributions to the work and witness of the hospital. We are proud to send such people out from Kiwoko, yet sad that they are leaving. It was with parental pride that we prayed God’s blessing on them and thanked them for all that they have done in service for the Lord in Kiwoko.

It feels like we are going through a touch of empty nest syndrome! I am already looking forward to the school holidays when some of them will come back and work to earn some extra money for their school fees! We can’t live in the past and I know that deep down I don’t want to. I just miss the friendship, camaraderie and fellowship of those who have moved and are moving on.

These individuals represent a measure of staff movement at this time from Kiwoko. We have also said goodbye to staff who have been served here for the last 25 years, for example, Sr Margaret Kadence (deputy PNO) whom many of you will know.

Change can be a challenge to us, not unwelcome necessarily, but certainly it can give us a shake and make us re-evaluate our lives, and when we get our heads around it, we see new opportunities before us for growth and development, both on a personal and professional level.

There is a new batch of young people who have started with Kiwoko Hospital, to fill the gaps left by the latest exodus of staff seeking new knowledge. We have yet to discover their gifts/talents/creativity and needs. I have excitement about seeking out their potential.

The Board have appointed two of our existing nurses, Julius and Vivian, to replace Sr Margaret (quite a compliment to her!) and we look forward to supporting them in their new roles. They are also two of Kiwoko’s best and we have high hopes for their leadership influence.

We are in a new season in Kiwoko,where the parameters of what have been considered ‘normal’ are moving, reflecting the wider cultural changes in Kampala. The majority of staff members do not seem to stay in one place for longer than a few years, rather than commit a lifetime to one place; they are more vocal about political opinions and the girls confidently wear jeans in the village! Most of the accommodation blocks will now sport televisions aerials, and people access the internet for Facebook and WhatsApp.

Despite the changes in personnel and culture, our mission is the same – to trust Jesus for healing and to treat the poor and vulnerable that He sends our way. May God continue to help us to be accessible and relevant to those who need us in this changing world.

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