It was all Niall Manogue's fault...

Kiwoko_gates_into_hosp Posted by Ekisa 2010 on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It was all Niall Manogue’s fault.

My name is Millie. I was sitting quietly in Holy Trinity Church, Banbridge one Sunday morning and Niall had come to collect a cheque for monies raised by our parish to build accommodation at Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda.

He stood up in the pulpit and as he talked of the images we were viewing on the screen at the front of the church I was deeply moved as no doubt most of the congregation were. Talking of the love of Jesus and how we are called to share that love Niall went on to talk of a team travelling to Uganda this summer to work with children. He said there were still some places left on the team and I felt in my heart I was being called to go. I have to say I missed the rest of Niall’s talk as questions whirled around my head. “Who me?” I asked “Are you sure?” But each time the answer seemed to be yes.

A stunned ‘me’ spoke to Niall on the way out of the service asking if I was too old to be part of the team and I was assured I was not. Niall suggested I gave it serious thought and got back to him. I talked with my family, my rector John Scott, friend Robert Ferris and after prayerful consideration I knew all I needed to do was step out in faith.

What an exciting adventure I have stepped out on with the challenge of meeting new people and learning how to work together, planning a program to share with the children and young people at Kiwoko and knowing as a team God is guiding our footsteps.

Fundraising has been hard work but fun and rewarding. (To the right, you can see photos from an unsigned art exhibition I organised.) As for the vaccinations – well ‘Ouch’ and it is all Niall Manogue’s fault!

Please continue to remember the Ekisa Team as they prepare to travel to Uganda in August. Give thanks for the many ways God has already provided for them in their preparations and fundraising.

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