An amazing three months

Emma_lougheed Posted by Emma Lougheed, 11 days ago | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It has been 13 weeks now since I first arrived at Kiwoko Hospital and it’s been amazing. There have been so many answered prayers and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of your prayers and support, which have meant so much to me.

So much has been happening, I can’t include everything in this blog – where do I start?

During my first month here I spent Monday to Friday mornings working with Lana at home to help prepare her for school and join the local nursery. Her wee friend also joined us most mornings which was great. I loved getting to know both of them.

We enjoyed building the Three Little Pigs’ house out of sticks, planting our own sunflower garden and learning how to care for them. It was such an answer to prayer how quickly we settled into our morning routine together and the relationship that has developed.

In September, we started attending the local nursery, Sonshine Nursery which is a short walking distance from Kiwoko Hospital. It is attended mainly by the children of hospital staff. The teachers have been lovely and Lana and I are enjoying getting to know the routines and meeting the other children and staff. It has again been such an answer to prayer how quickly Lana and I have settled into the nursery and how happy Lana is – it has been amazing to see how her confidence has grown.

If anyone knows the CBeebies song ‘One little finger’, there is now a nursery class here which loves to sing it and you will often hear Lana and I singing on our walk to the nursery. We have begun using the first bag of resource materials which many people donated. The teachers and children were so thankful for all of these resources which are just not available over here and I want to really thank everyone who contributed.

My mornings are spent in the nursery but I have most afternoons free. To be honest, I panicked a little at first about having extra free time as I am so used to being busy at home and thought I thrived on it. However, I have learned a big lesson that it is in fact OK to have some free time, and just spend it doing things that I enjoy.

As Kiwoko Hospital is God-centred, there have been so many great opportunities to serve Him. I am helping lead a weekly small group of first year Lab students with Wasswa and Moses, where we have been working through Christianity Explored. We have such a great, dedicated group of students, I have really enjoyed getting to know the leaders and students and we have had so many great discussions and very interesting questions.

I was also able to help at a local kids club, Ekisa (meaning ‘grace’ in Luganda), which CMSI has supported in the past. We had 200 children attend this and we also had a smaller Sunday programme which runs twice a month. The children love every minute of it and it is great to see their amazing dancing and unlimited energy. It has been great to meet and spend time with many different people, both staff and students from the hospital, who give up so much time to work with the kids. Everyone has been so welcoming.

I sometimes can’t believe that I am actually here. Of course there have been occasional lonely times and it took a few weeks to settle in but Kiwoko Hospital is a lovely community, everyone is so friendly here. I have been able to make great friends with staff and students from the hospital and medical students who come from all over the world to undertake placements here.

The two families (both from Northern Ireland) who live here have also been amazing and I can’t thank them enough for helping me settle. Sorry for the cheesiness, but at times I just look around to take in all that’s going on and realise how blessed I am and how much I love it here. I thank God that he has led me to Kiwoko and pray that He will continue to reveal His plans for me here and that I can use every opportunity He opens up for me.

Prayer points:
• Please continue to pray for our time spent in the nursery and for the teachers to stay at the nursery during term time away from their families.
• Please pray for the amazing work that goes on at Kiwoko Hospital, for the staff that treat the patients here and their ability to share God’s love with them.
• Pray too for the nursing and Lab students who are currently sitting their final exams for the year and also for the outreach work helping people who can’t attend the hospital.
• Please also pray for our small group as we continue to meet weekly to explore the book of Mark.
• Please pray that God will continue to guide my path here and I will be open to the opportunities that He places in front of me.

Comments

Gillian Maganda said Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:24PM
Emma, lovely to read your blog and see God at work in and through you - may you continue to be a blessing to the Bakers and kids at the nursery. They are so lucky to have an amazing resource in you. Everyone is praying! xo

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