All about the people

Bakers Posted by Paul and Tania Baker on Thu, 22 Aug 2013 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Exactly 900 days after we arrived in Kiwoko we boarded a plane home. Our first term had come to an end and it was time to have some rest, catch up with family and friends, plan and reflect.

We’ve been back in Northern Ireland for almost two months now. During this time we’ve been able to look back at the highlights, lowlights and as we plan to go back to Kiwoko for another term, we’re reassessing how we do life there.

My job title, ‘Site Engineer’, never made any sense to me. My ID badge says ‘Paul Baker, Site Engineer, No. 669’. This was given to me on day one and I was given strict instructions to dress smart and wear the badge every day.

I realised very quickly that this job title was deliberately vague. When the Hospital management team submitted a request to CMS for a Site Engineer, they didn’t know what work needed done – they just knew there was a lot of it.

I came to the conclusion that my job was basically to find problems and help the Ugandan team of Estates department staff to fix them. It was a daunting realisation – Kiwoko is a 250 bed Hospital on a 30 acre site in the middle of nowhere. The problems were many and in development work you are not just fixing problems but, more importantly, developing people along the way. Thankfully we have a brilliant Estates team – men who are open to new ideas – men who have become my friends.

Sitting in Bangor, wondering about what is happening back in Kiwoko, I’m not thinking about whether the Generator is working, or if the Ambulance has been serviced this month, I’m thinking about the people, my colleagues and friends.

When we arrived in Kiwoko in January 2011, Ken Finch (a fellow Mission Partner) gave me the most important advice; “This work is all about the people”. This has stuck in my head ever since. Our mission as followers of Jesus, whether at home or abroad, is to help God bring life to people (John 10:10). This is a 24/7 job which involves all aspects of our lives. It’s not just about talking from a pulpit or starting some new innovative project – it’s about how we interact one-to-one with people – it’s about encouraging and equipping individuals so they can come into relationship with Jesus.

Before we arrived in Kiwoko, God was already doing big work there. We feel privileged to be a small part of it.


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