Women In CrisisI have a memory I wish never happened and one that I hope I never forget.
|Lyzette ... a woman in crisis ... Paul singing|
Draw Me Close To You in her ear as he holds her
that it was not in her best interest to remain at home. I encouraged him to take her to a private clinic we trust more than most of the medical facilities in Jinja. He was able to borrow a car from a neighboring pastor and instead took her to the Jinja Main Hospital ... a public institution ... and one that would be much less expensive than a privately owned one.
|Jeff & Lyzette Kasigwa|
Forget most everything you know about hospitals in the West. What is provided in this hospital are beds and mattress. Your bed would be with 60 other beds and mattresses ... linens are NOT included. You or your support people bring ever thing you may possibly need to the hospital. Bed clothes. Food and beverages. Bathing and toiletry needs. Your support people, friends or family, will work to meet your every need and sleep on a grass mat on the floor should you need 24 hour care. Should the medical staff need anything to attend to your needs, you and your support people must provide it. They will find it somewhere ... either in the hospital pharmacy or a pharmacy in town.
|Love & sympathy from Oklahoma Team ..|
support during the crisis
I call Pam and Peter to tell them we need prayer. Peter picks up the Next Generation Ministries' vehicle at Sera's house and comes with her to the hospital before leaving to take her boys to school. A short term mission team NGM is hosting, from Fairview, Oklahoma, is leaving for the airport later in the morning. We need everyone depending on God for His mercy and grace.
|Baby Hunter ready for burial ... beginning of a crisis|
|Lyzette and her first born, Dave|
|Jeff & Lyzette with second born, Levi|
|Director of Women In Crisis|
Head up, decisive, full of God and ready to help
But, as God would have it, He knew that talking about this challenging time in her life would not only be emotionally therapeutic, but would open a door for continued healing, restoration, and guidance for a new ministry to women in crisis. Lyzette began to describe the torment she went through as a pregnant patient, a surgery patient, and a mother who lost a child ... to a medical team who brought an amazing amount of compassion to the dozens of sick people they attended to in Uganda.
|Melissa and Pat|
Before the Oklahoma Team left they gave Lyzette enough money to fund her new ministry, called Women In Crisis, for one complete year. These resources would allow her to visit Jinja Main Hospital every week, purchase food and medical needs, help with transportation, and burial costs.
As director of Next Generation Ministry I wrote a letter of introduction for Lyzette and a reference letter for Women in Crisis. She took these letters to the director of Jinja Main Hospital. She is now an approved and credentialed worker for the women of Ward 7 and Ward 8. God has blessed her in the early days of her ministry. Her priority is the women who have lost a baby. Because of culture, some of these women are abandoned or neglected even by their husbands as though the mothers bear responsibility for the death of their child. Sometimes Lyzette will be the only source of care, concern, love and encouragement for some of these hurting ladies.
|Nerima and her husband ... full of despair|
If you would like to be a part of this new work, please see if you can come to Uganda and work with Lyzette. If you are unable to travel, would you consider praying and financially supporting her work? You can send a check of any amount to Next Generation Ministries, 29940 South Dhooghe Road, Colton, OR 97017. Include a note designating it for Lyzette or Women In Crisis.
You can learn more about Lyzettte on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lyzette.kasigwa
and more about Women In Crisis at http://www.facebook.com/groups/452417428112396/