Working, learning and living together

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Paul begins his letter to the Philippians with a prayer of thankfulness for the believers. Why? Well, verse 5 gives us the answer…for their ‘fellowship in the Gospel’. Paul and the Philippian church had a solid relationship that had its foundation on Christ and therefore shared common ministry goals.

It has been a privilege to host a number of people from all over the world in the last few weeks, people from Ballyholme in Northern Ireland, London, USA, Singapore, Nigeria and Burma! Kiwoko is a rural hospital in the middle of nowhere and yet it seems to have the ability to pull a crowd from anywhere!

What is it that draws people here?

The Ballyholme group who made up the Kiwoko Mission Experience Team Abroad (META) 2015, jumped on the merry-go-round at the end of August, specifically to minister to our staff children, Afaayo Kids (children who attend the clinic suffering from HIV) and to see what the Wilson family ‘do’.

The META not only took part in two crazy weeks of children’s ministry but also took part in prison ministry, music lessons and the Big Sale (which raised money for ministry in Kiwoko and Karamoja).

It is always wonderful to watch people from different backgrounds socially, professionally and spiritually, as they’re introduced to and challenged by the life and witness of staff and the local community here at Kiwoko. The team worked incredibly hard in a hotter climate than normal, but more than that, they built solid relationships with the Ugandan teams here.

In a short time the teams moved from being two groups of Irish and Ugandan to being three groups of leaders running the different three different age groups: Climbers; Tolerance; Runners. We were united by a common goal of ministering to the children and celebrated our cultural differences with lots of banter (a strong similarity between Ireland and Uganda.) Does it get any better? I think the Psalmist said it best in Psalm 133:1

How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.

The farewell dinner was a mix of happiness (to be together for the evening and look at photos of the last 2 weeks), relief (that the programme came together and worked), thankfulness (for all that we had learned from each other) and deep sadness (that we hadn’t got longer to build on our new friendships).

Sharon, one of our staff nurses who works on antenatal, had most of the ladies in tears as she attempted to thank the team, in particular Laura Jeffrey, her music teacher for the two weeks. She stood, struggled to hold back tears, failed, sat, wiped her face, tried again and so it continued for several minutes! It was nearly too much for one evening!

Question: What will bring members of the META back to Kiwoko?
Answer: Relationships. Partnership. Fellowship in the Gospel. Mention any of these answers and you would be right!

Thank you members of the 2015 META and thank you CMSI for sending a great team!

Comments

sandra johnston said Sat, 03 Oct 2015 06:46PM
So many memories of our time with you guys and the children . Tears of laughter and tears of sadness. fantastic worship & praise (& I come from Bangor Elim and we have nothing on Uganda praise ! ) The people of Kiwoko have led me to not just read Gods word but to study it & live it,to keep him Him first and all else comes from Him and after Him. I miss my lovely friends & hold them in my heart until we meet again which hopefully wont be to long away . Keep blessing the children with your love and care & encouragement . You are all amazing and im so privlidged to have met u all lots of love Sandra xx
gillian maganda said Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:19AM
Great Blog Denise and fantastic that the Team got on so well and for the hard work, effort and hospitality shown by the hospital staff and yourselves!

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