News and articles from Ken and Judith Finch

My Dad

Ken’s Dad – Charlie – passed away on the 9th June. Although he had been on chemotherapy treatment for a period of time he never recovered from his last dose of chemo and in the end died very suddenly which meant that we did not get home in time again to see him. We are very thankful however that we did come home about a month earlier and we were able to spend some time then. As my sister said he died the way he lived not wanting to cause anyone any problems.

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Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2007

Games in Sunday School ??????

Judith was describing to a colleague a game she was planning to use with the children in the Hayashi Youth Group. "We often used this game with our Sunday School back in the UK" said Judith. William a member of staff and a pastor in one of the local churches looked up in surprise. "You use games in sunday school ?" The concept seemed very alien to him. Having been in churches where children – who easily make up more than half of the congreagation – are expected to sit throug…

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Posted on Mon, 14 May 2007

Nurture & Discipleship

It's well known and documented that Christianity has taken a firm hold in sub saharan Africa – in Uganda for example the vast majority of the population call themselves born again Christians. We have also become acutely aware of the truth of another saying – that the Church in Africa is a mile wide but only an inch deep. Although many have accepted Jesus as their Saviour the truth is that this does not always impact their lives in a meaningful way. It has been sad at times to see individuals…

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Posted on Tue, 08 May 2007 | 1 comments

Personal snippets

As we write this we are in the UK for 2 weeks. Ken's Dad is currently undergoing chemotherapy and so we have come back briefly to spend some time at home. Our time back home has also coincided with Ken's sister Heather and her family moving to Dungannon. Our brother in law Andrew has been appointed as the new Rector to St Anne's and St Elizabeth Churches in Dungannon and Moygashel. It has been good to be able to give a hand to Heather & Andrew in their move. In doing that we got …

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Posted on Thu, 03 May 2007

Back to Kiwoko

We have just picked up Andy Garside from Entebbe Airport – Andy has come from St Pauls church in St Albans our home church in England. We have taken the opportunity to do a bit of shopping while in Kampala and to get on the internet. We have been back in Uganda for a week now and in many ways it feels we were never away. We take that as a positive sign. It was great to be home however and to spend time with family and to catch up with some friends – unfortunately time did not permit a lot of tra…

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Posted on Sun, 18 Feb 2007 | 3 comments

Going back

It has been great to be back in the UK for 3 weeks to spend some time with family and to catch up with folk, We have split ourselves between Ireland and England and it has been good catching up with people. In many ways the year ahead at Kiwoko feels daunting and of course it remains difficult saying goodbye. Please pray for us as we go back to Kiwoko and in particular that our time there is one that we can encourage and develop people and practices. Likewise that we will develop and be encourag…

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Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2007

Happy New Year

Dear All We send you all our very best wishes for 2007. For us the New Year also brings our first year at Kiwoko. We have learnt lots although each day we realise how little we know about the conditions that people face daily. It has however been great – getting to know people, building friendships and trying to learn language and culture. Its all good and it is great to be in a place which is making a tangible difference. Of course there have been many frustrations and disappointments along the…

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Posted on Fri, 12 Jan 2007 | 1 comments

Finances

We think we should mention finances at the hospital since they have occupied our minds pretty much since coming to Kiwoko. We are having our audited accounts for the last financial year finalised and they are likely to show a significant deficit

Our budget for the current year showed a large deficit based on forecasts for income and expenditure which continues to be a concern for the future. Kiwoko Hospital relies heavily on external donations to continue its work and ministry as there is no wa…

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Posted on Sat, 09 Dec 2006

Back in touch

It is a while since our last entry and as we receive our first batch of Christmas cards from some early birds we are reminded how time has flown… We have been here for almost a year now and are looking forward to spending out first Christmas at Kiwoko and finding out what that will entail. We thank you very much for all your continued support and encouragements, it makes a big difference.

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Posted on Sat, 25 Nov 2006 | 1 comments

They think its all over ...

Well it is now.

Niall & Ken managed to complete the full 16km from Luwero Cathedral to Kiwoko Hospital and afterwards enjoyed a great time back at the hospital with activities such as Bicycle balancing, bottle balancing (now a regular at Kiwoko after being introduced by Niall), and ludo amongst others. We also had the pleasure of having some good friends of Kiwoko with us for the day – Dr Ian & Robbie Clark pas…

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Posted on Thu, 05 Oct 2006 | 2 comments