Bye Bye 3rd year students

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Sun, 28 Oct 2012 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Friday morning in prayers was a bit emotional for me. A mixture of nostalgia and the sadness of saying goodbye.

It was being led by our final year students and was a mixture of a class farewell and a thank offering to God for bringing them this far despite challenges. I sound old when I say this, but it honestly does not seem like a year ago that the last finalists were doing the same thing.

I looked at the group, their faces full of nervous anticipation and expectation about the future, on the verge of not being labelled and treated like students. In class on the blackboard, the days are being counted down until they break free of Kiwoko Nurse Training School. Some of the students have worked hard, some have blossomed, and some have struggled every bit of the way.

The week beginning the 5th November will be their exam week. Then they will head off home and wait for results. Some will work at Kiwoko having been sponsored through the hospital.
We have given these students as much nursing theory, practice and teaching as we can. We have also tried to share Christ and encourage those with faith to grow and develop. These students will travel all over Uganda and maybe beyond. Our hope is that they are good ambassadors for Christ and for Kiwoko. Many of them will not appreciate the God centredness that they have experienced in Kiwoko until they live and work elsewhere.

The bible says that we should train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. That is our prayer for our finalists. Please pray for these 45 students as they revise and take their exams.

Alison Fletcher was very involved pastorally with some of this group and I missed her presence intensely on Friday morning. I knew had she been there that we wouldn’t have had to say anything, but just look at each other perhaps with a little moisture in the eye and smile in mutual understanding. My sentimentality ran on into Saturday and I comforted myself by making a batch of chocolate muffins with a recipe that Alison had given me. They don’t taste as good as hers did but it was therapeutic!

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Jan Henderson said Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:34PM
Lovely blogs, am preparing the second box of Kiwoko Angels and gorgeous red decorations to be despatched to my Aunty Noeline and her friend Ruth in Christchurch. Ruth has been fantastic at selling them, she works in Child Care and also spends a lot of time at Christchurch Hospital and is always crying out for "more Angels please". So off they go, thanks to Christine for posting them to Nelson and they will be off to Christchurch today, just in time for Christmas. Great to read Gideon's blog he must be happy to be 'home' now and be able to run about with no pullover and coat on!! Lots of love Jan

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