Wiiki. Hmm I dunno actually.

Niall2 Posted by Niall Manogue on Fri, 30 Jun 2006 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Well, Im in Kampala, in the land of speedy internet so here beginnetth another blog entry. Its been a busy few weeks at Kiwoko Hospital. In the community HIV/AIDS team where I work, were moving to a brand new system of working next week, so its been pretty hectic preparing for that. This change has the potential to revolutionise the way the hospital engages with the local community so the stakes are quite high. People here are sick of hearing me talk of how excited I am about it! If youre into praying, please pray that God would be at the centre of all that we do. God has been with us in the past few weeks as weve been dealing with some interesting issues with one of our donors thankfully the issues are being resolved, but again pray that that all would continue to be well for both sides. Language study has been another focus this week, with a tutor coming from a language school in Kampala to spend the week at Kiwoko and give us intensive lessons. So this week Ken and I have been doing our days work in the morning and then spending three hours in the afternoon learning Lugandan. Its been tough and pretty tiring but has been so worthwhile. This afternoon I was able to have a 5 minute conversation with one of the HIV team. Though she spent a fair amount of time loving my pronunciation (!), she clearly appreciated the fact that I was making an effort. It makes such a difference to people when you try and communicate with them in their own language. The same is true in church. Do we communicate with people in a way that says, Im showing you respect by trying to engage with you through your language and culture? Through learning language, Im beginning to understand more of Ugandan culture and am slowly beginning to start to understand why things happen they way they do here. Again, the lesson can be applied to our lives as Christians. Do we try and engage and understand the issues that we see around us or do we judge them at first sight and dismiss them. As humans it is natural to form judgements and opinions based upon what we observe, but sometimes it makes sense to stop, look again and form our opinion on that second glance rather than the first.

Comments

Helen said Sat, 01 Jul 2006 05:32PM
Wise words Niall. Glad that donor stuff seems to be working out and that community strategising going well. Fab that the intensive Lugandan lessons all happened ssebo.Praying for you all, for there to be daily encouragements for you in your work at Kiwoko and you to be given God's vision for your work/team/projects. Helenx
Gillian Corbridge said Mon, 03 Jul 2006 06:48PM
Glad to hear all is well. Things seem busy-not least studying. Glad to hear you are working hard at the language-beats QUB!! Miss you, love Gill and Sophie