Reflecting on another year....

Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Dear friends,

We thank God for bringing us safely to the end of another year in Kiwoko.Each year brings with it its highs and lows – we shared some of these in our last link letter. We look back with gratitude to God for His continued and faithful provision for us as well as the hospital.

The latter part of this year has seen the hospital… open the doors of its new maternity unit and in the last couple of weeks the opening of the new baby intensive care unit. The hospital’s first two-storey staff accommodation block is also complete.
Everyone is glad for the additional space but these developments bring with them additional workload and demands.

On the social side…the ‘Kiwoko Chase’ 16km run and Fun Day in September was a big success and made extra special by the presence of many long-standing friends and supporters from outside the hospital.

To keep up the running momentum a small group of us registered for the recent Kampala 10km run. Another good day, but with 20,000 participants it was more of a walk than a run!

Personally… we have enjoyed the occasional weekend away but recognize the need for a proper break soon. Shortage of staff in the Finance department has meant considerable additional workload for Ken and his colleagues.

Judith is happy to report that alongside looking after the students and visitors programmes she has continued to get opportunities here and there to do a little OT both within the hospital and in the community. She has recently joined a sign language course. Both of us continue to work on our Luganda.

All being well in February we hope to make a short visit home to spend some time with our families.

And so this is Christmas…. This Sunday saw us attending a candle lit carol service in Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala. As we take time to consider Christmas we are reminded of Jesus coming into this world and were reflecting on how Jesus lived his life on earth. Many of us like the idea of booking time off or a holiday so we have something to work towards and look forward to, the thought of a break or a change keeps us going and perhaps for some it is the goal. How wonderful to know as Christians that through Jesus we have Heaven and Eternity to look forward. May we be challenged this Christmas to live our lives as Christ did …with a heavenly perspective ‘ ….Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…who for the joy set before him endured the cross…’ (Heb 12:2). Christ endured what he had to in the knowledge that the best was yet to come.

As ever, this comes with our thanks for your continued care and support.

Please pray for:

Preparations for the Bible Conference in January

Ongoing financial needs for the hospital

Recruitment of key finance personnel and doctors

Our personal and spiritual growth and refreshment

We send our love and prayers for a Happy Christmas and for strength, joy and peace in the year ahead.

Ken and Judith