"I'm going to miss this place..."

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 16 Jul 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Well I have now been here in Kiwoko for over 2 months now, I have become very settled indeed. I have even sort of got a hang of the language. Well I mean that I can kind of understand what is being said.

Last week I finally got to move back into my house and I love it! I converted the second bedroom into an office so at the end of the day I can close the door and not think about work for another day! It is starting to get very crazy as it is now 5 weeks until the team arrive. Which is good, but also bad because then its only 7 weeks until I come home, it has really started to hit me that I am actually coming home soon, it does bring a tear to my eye as I really have fallen in love with this place.

Looking back on my time here so far I can think of three days that have been the most unbelievable days and those memories will stick with me for a long time.

One was going out into the community with an HIV counsellor (but I told you about that in my last letter).

The next one is the once a month Hayashi kids club. We spent along time preparing for it, cutting out endless fish and fishing nets. We were teaching the children about how God calls ordinary people to be fishers of men. It was so good, these children are so special and I feel very priviledge to be allowed to work with them while I am here, it truly is an honour. I have so much respect for the people who live here and work with these children on a permanent basis, it is very hard work and very challenging knowing how sick these children are but yet they carry on.

And my third thing is that a week ago all the second year nursing students went home for a two week holiday and one of my friends Ronnie invited me to come and visit him while he was home and to meet his family. It was such priviledge to be asked, and I loved every minute of it. I got left at a taxi stage near a town called Bombo where he lives. Then he picked me up from there on his motorbike and first of all took me to his brother’s house to meet him and his wife and some of his nieces ad nephews. Ronnie is one of 9 children, sadly all the younger ones were at school, so when we went to his parents house, only his older siblings were there. But he has lots of nieces and nephews that lives on the same plot of land as his parents. We just sat for hours chatting and I was learning about his tribe and all there different traditions etc. I will never forget my time that I spent with them.

And now its time for me to tell you about a very special little boy that I have been looking after. His name Kevin and he is eight.

He arrived at the hospital about week before I did with severe burns on the back of his right leg: he had been burned by a paraffin lamp. The doctors treated for severe infection and the began Physio and looking into him getting a skin graft so that he would get full extension of his leg again.

It soon became clear that Kevin was going to at the hospital for a long time and soon enough he became very bored, so I began spending a few hours a day colouring in with him and playing games with him, I even did a little bit of school work to keep him entertained.

So after two months of him being here he was finally well enough to be discharged. He lives with his granny because his mother is dead and he doesn’t know where his dad is, so his granny went home to get enough money to pay for his huge medical bill. So Kevin was left at the hospital for almost 2 weeks by himself without any sign of anyone coming back or him. So I still went to see him everyday and usually tucked him in at night time and just made sure he was being fed and watered.

Then last Thursday a man came to the hospital who was the one that brought Kevin here in the first place. He had found Kevin begging on the road side with maggots in his wound and only a large shirt as clothing. This man has offered to pay half of kevins medical fees and is currently looking for the father to get him to pay for the rest. But what is even better is that the man has also said that Kevin can live with him. The man has already adopted 6 other children. This man is such an answer to prayers, and Kevin is such a special little person that he really deserves to be looked after.

So some prayer points…

- That we could get through everything that we need to before the team arrive!

- That everything for Kevin would work out the way it should, and that his leg would continue to get better.

- And finally that I would begin to come to terms with the fact that I am coming home. It has started to hit me that my time here is slowly coming to an end, I know that i am looking forward to coming home to see family, friends etc etc but I am going to miss this place very much!”

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