Change

Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Dear Friends,

Conscious that not all of you receive our Link Letter, we have taken the liberty of including it here, on our blog. So here goes…

Kiwoko has seen many changes of late.

In March we moved back into the rainy season. The rains brought much relief as we had not had any since early December. The rains bring a complete change in the community with people out from early in the morning digging and planting – we pray that the rains will continue so people will reap a good crop.

The hospital has seen some significant changes too. There are many ongoing developments at the hospital including new staff housing and renovations to the paediatric ward. However it is changes in staffing that are often the most heartfelt.

After 9 years at Kiwoko we said goodbye to Alison Fletcher. Alison has overseen the development of the Physiotherapy Department at Kiwoko and more recently the HIV Department. We pray for Alison as she settles into life in the UK.

In addition Rory, Denise and Gideon have also returned home for a period of leave until September. We trust they will have a time of refreshment amongst their many visits and commitments.

Change is also on the horizon for us. We leave Kiwoko in September this year. Our future has been much in our thoughts and prayers. Ken has now gone part-time at Kiwoko – currently working 3 days per week at Kiwoko and 2 days per week in Kampala at the International Hospital. This is quite exploratory at the moment but may well lead to a full time post on leaving Kiwoko later this year. We pray that we will be faithful to God’s calling for the future.

Whilst working on the wards, Judith sees the change that Kiwoko Hospital makes in the lives and conditions of many patients. One such person is Prossy (name changed).

Prossy is a bright 11 year-old girl who, before falling sick, was doing very well making her way through primary school. She was admitted to hospital with multiple open wounds as a result of pressure sores. She has no feeling or function from the waist down, she is unable to walk, her back is unstable and she has difficulty sitting unsupported. She is suspected to have TB of the spine. Prior to Prossy’s admission it seems there had been little attention given to the care of her wounds or incontinence and at home she had just been spending the days lying on a mat, often indoors.

Despite needing continuing care, her hospital admission was nearly cut short as her mother stated they had no more money to cover her fees. The hospital agreed to cover these through the Good Samaritan Fund. This meant Prossy could remain in hospital until her wounds had properly healed – which they did.

During her time in hospital Prossy was provided with a wheelchair – far from ideal for her condition and size but at least a means of moving around having not done so for some months.

As part of her stay Prossy attended the rehab department. Through this she was able to engage in many purposeful and therapeutic activities to encourage function and enhance her quality of life and fun in the midst of her tragic reality. Hopefully with support from her mother, Prossy would carry on with some of these activities once home.

Though glad to be going home to see her friends it was not a huge surprise to learn that Prossy was sad to leave hospital. The nature of her medical condition would suggest that her long-term outlook was not great. We trust that her journey through Kiwoko Hospital made a positive change in her life.

As we write we are in the Easter season and at church we have been reading about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. For Jesus, everything changed over the course of the next few days. From the crowds cheering him into the city as their political liberator they soon turned to condemn him to death shouting out “Crucify Him”. In those few days everything changed and has never been the same since.
Because he died we can look forward to eternal life. What an incredible message we have – a message that has changed, and continues to change, so many lives all around the world.

In the midst of whatever you are facing we pray that you would know the wonder of the Risen Lord in your life. He does change everything.

As ever, this comes with our deep gratitude for your continued support for ourselves and the work of Kiwoko Hospital.

God bless

Ken & Judith

Comments

Anne Moffett said Sun, 29 Jul 2012 10:24AM
Dear Ken and Judith I was going to write you a letter before you leave Kiwoko in September, but it is easier to e-mail. I'm sure you have mixed feelings about leaving Kiwoko as you have been there for such a long time and life in Kampala will be quite different. I had hoped to get out to Kiwoko this summer on another holliday Bible club, but it was cancelled due to lack of numbers. Hopefully I might come out next summer as I would like to see my friend, Fred, again (Headmaster of Luweero Seed Secondary school) and his 2 daughters who live in Kampala now. Maybe we would be able to catch up then. In the meantime, I hope you really enjoy and are blessed ny the remainder of your time in Kiwoko and that the transition to Kampala goes smoothly for both of you. Do keep in touch. God bless you both. Love Anne Moffett

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