Serving humanity: this is how I worship

By Sheila R. Misra, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CNP

Imagine this. A room the size of a walk-in closet. A wooden table four feet off the floor with a mattress and sheet on top of it. No air circulation. No light except what comes in through the window, and a pocket flashlight. Metal speculums that have to be sterilized in between each patient, with successive dips into two separate buckets of bleach water for 1 hour each, then hot water with disinfectant. No stool to sit on. No sink to wash my hands, only gloves and hand sanitizer. 40 women from Uganda, South Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo who need cervical cancer screenings but want full physical exams. Ten hours of back breaking work. But I have never been happier. And I know I saved many lives today. My heart is full. Performing cervical cancer screenings on my knees, in the most austere conditions I’ve ever seen. Serving humanity: this is how I worship.

 

Experiencing God in Missions

By Fiona Lewis

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

My trip to Uganda with the RIBHO team was a trip of many firsts. My first mission trip, first trip to the continent and first time meeting another Fiona. If I could summarize this trip, I would use the phrase “we experience more when we plan less.” I don’t know who coined that phrase but it sums up this trip perfectly. Like many, I am a planner and want to know every detail before I agree to do something. Also, like many, I have a difficult time giving up control. I am glad that God used Dr. Mukaire to invite me to experience Him through less planning and more trusting. 

The nature of our trip was such that we moved from one village to another every day or every other day. Although we were given a schedule, the schedule could not capture the day to day activities and the real time adjustments our team was constantly required to make. As I reflected on the entire trip, I realized that we were privileged to receive on the job discipleship training that required us to set aside our preplanned lessons and teaching models. In doing so, we gave the Spirit of God free access to work through us.  God could use our health promotion, mental health, and spiritual care expertise in whatever way He chose. Oftentimes, God didn’t use any of those things.  Instead, a smile, a listening ear or the exchange of a warm hug was all God asked of us. The most fulfilling moments during this trip turned out to be the ‘in-the-moment” experiences during our service in the health promotion group classes and non-communicable diseases screening clinics. I also appreciated the unity that developed over time among our team as we all became more aware of God’s presence among us. To plan less and still experience more in proportion seems counterintuitive to being a professional but God’s ways are often counterintuitive.  

School Health Clubs

The 2019 Youth Society for Global Health Conference

This May, RIBHO and Mubeezi Community Health Resource Center (MCHRC) hosted the “2019 Youth Society for Global Health Conference: Assuring and Shaping Young Voices for Health and Development”, in Jinja District on May 28th, 2019.

The conference was attended by 102 students representing 5 Student Health Clubs from different secondary schools, school staff and administrators and community health professionals. Through dialogue, elocution, storytelling and dramatization, students reflected on and described community solutions for raising awareness and support for chronic disease management, control and prevention in their local communities.