First 2 weeks in Uganda

Hey all! 👋🏼 it’s Courtney here

Just wanted to write an update. Sorry it’s super long but I haven’t had a good signal until today. So thus a really long post!

I am currently in Uganda and have been here with a team from my church for 2 weeks now. I will be here for another 2 weeks with my little sister Elizabeth and her friend Jen who are newly graduated Nurses. I’m so excited to work with them and proud of all the hard work they have put into this degree!

So the first two weeks of our trip were awesome! We did medical clinics, nursing education, and VBS. The second two weeks will be spent back with the hospital staff in Soroti and will be most likely doing some training with the nurses on care of the premature infants. We are hoping to help them get there NICU up and running again.(its been closed due to equipment failure)

The first few days of our trip were busy with travel, between long plane rides and bus rides. We were able to spend sometime with my siblings over here (Anei, Majok, and Abong Lydia) it was such a blessing to be able to spend time with them as they are all indifferent parts of Uganda now. It was a reminder of what a sweet time it was two years ago when all our Ugandan siblings were living in Soroti with Heather and I for those 5 months.

Anyway we are all doing well and the Lord has been faithful! While in Soroti I spent time in the maternity ward with Elizabeth, Jenn, and Laura (an L and D nurse) while the rest of the team did VBS with about 300 kids. We were able to assist with a c-section for a young Mom who had been laboring at Home, but had not progressed in her labor. During the C Section before the baby was out the Mom suddenly stopped breathing and her vitals dropped. We began to help code her and when the surgeon got the baby out we took him and ended up resuscitating the baby for about 2 minutes. It was a long few minutes for us, but thankfully the Lord had us there to help. Baby and Mom ended up perfectly healthy praise the Lord!

The next day started off with another unexpected medical appointment. We were running late to head to a clinic we were doing for the elderly and as we were almost to the hospital we came upon a motor accident. A little boy had run out in front of a motorcycle and was hit. He split his head open and needed stitches. We quickly dressed the wound and loaded him and his dad onto the bus with us and went straight to the hospital to get him some stitches. He will be just fine as soon as the wound heals up! The rest of the day was a busy with the medical clinic for the elderly in the community. Most of the elderly in the community are not taken care of and are in a way cast off because of their age. We had many patients come through, and we were able to love on them, share Jesus with them, and treat there physical needs. My hand is currently sore from pumping up manual BP cuffs. Haha it really makes you grateful for our technology at home.

We made a quick trip to a village outside of Iganga to dedicate a church and a new birthing center that will be opening soon. It is called Hearts for Africa and the heart and desire of the ministry is to give mothers a clean and healthy place to give birth. It was started by a midwife from the US along with a doctor and his wife who is also a midwife. Along with the hospital they also built a church and my brother Majok Abraham is now leading the brand new fellowship! It was such a blessing to be there and watch him in this new role! I am so proud of him and excited to see what God is doing in him.

Next stop Midigo, we started our time there in church and it was so fun to catch up with old friends there. The next day we did a mobile medical outreach where we went to a nearby village and set up a makeshift clinic outside a school. We saw over 100 patients and were able to pray over them and share the love of Jesus. Most of these patients had malaria and had been living with malaria for a few weeks if not months. I love doing these clinics but they are also hard because there are always more patients then we are able to see. It makes it really hard to pack it up for the day. While the medical clinic was going on the other part of them team did a VBS with the kids from church. They had a blast! Tuesday everyone went to the refugee camp and spent time with the church inside the camp. Everyone was really blessed. Wednesday a few of us nurses did a some teaching to the medical staff on pediatric emergencies and the staff asked great questions and were really attentive which made it a pleasure to teach. Then we drove to Arua for Wednesday night service at Calvary Chapel Arua.

Elizabeth teaching on respiratory distress

Morning devotions out on prayer rock.

Thursday we headed off the our place near the game park. We stayed at a pretty cool place overlooking the Nile River. We stayed in super nice glamping tents. It was absolutely beautiful and so cool to see God’s hand work in creation from the animals to the beautiful Murchison Falls. Though I have seen it many times it never ceases to amaze me.

The view

Our tent

It has been such a blessing to serve with this team! I’m going to miss them all the next few weeks!

Currently Jen, Elizabeth, and I are all having a restful day with our sister Lydia before we drop her back off at school tomorrow and head up to Soroti to start working at the hospital.

As a team we have been going through the book Calvary Road by Roy Hession. If you have never read his book before I would encourage you to pick it up. It’s a pretty quick read but it cuts to the heart. It was written in 1950 (I think) but it is still super relevant for today! I have read this book before a few years back but it has been so convicting and yet refreshing to read through it again. This part of chapter 2 really got me.

“Only one thing prevents Jesus filling our cups as He passes by, and thaT is sin in one of its thousand forms. The Lord Jesus does not fill dirty cups. Anything that springs from self, however small it may be, is sin. Self-energy or self-complacency in service is sin. Self-pity in trials or difficulties, self-seeking in business or Christian work, self-indulgence in one’s spare time, sensitiveness, touchiness, resentment and self-defence when we are hurt or injured by others,self-consciousness, reserve, worry, fear, all spring from self and all are sin and make our cups unclean. [*] But all of them were put into that other cup, which the Lord Jesus shrank from momentarily in Gethsemane, but which He drank to the dregs at Calvary–the cup of our sin. And if we will allow Him to show us what is in our cups and then give it to Him, He will cleanse them in the precious Blood that still flows for sin. That does not mean mere cleansing from the guilt of sin, nor even from the stain of sin–though thank God both of these are true–but from the sin itself, whatever it may be. And as He cleanses our cups, so He fills them to overflowing with His Holy Spirit.” -Roy Hession, The Calvary Road

Again he Lord is gently telling me to lay down my own rights, and to surrender to His will and plans. To be thinking of others more then myself. To be open and transparent with those around me and to have true humility. I am totally not that person yet but I press on toward the goal of the upward call of Christ, and desire to be like him!

Thank you all for your prayers and keep praying for us that the Lord will Work humility in all of us and that we will be open and willing to do whatever the Lord has for us. Love you all!

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