When our American friend returned she came with a horror story ... and with tears held back at the clinic. The doctor was impatient, rude, and verbally abusive. He even slapped the delivering mother on the thigh at one point to accompany his rude comment. But, the greatest violation of all came when he pushed the baby out himself.
The year was 2007. A dream was born that day. Today it is becoming a reality.
Historically, women have not been treated with dignity in Uganda. Often, in various venues, they find themselves trapped somewhere above an animal and below a human being. Things are changing and Next Generation Ministries is participating.
Women are life givers. What an esteemed honor. They give birth to the children of the world. Often it is not easy. NGM's dream was to provide a women's clinic to address their health needs in a world in which they had often been neglected or mistreated.
|Land for the Women's Clinic ... with a house!|
Last year the wife of our Ugandan pastor went to the hospital to give birth to their third child. It was cold because of rain. The birthing room was full of women in labor. There was only one nurse for all of them. She couldn't be bothered with Helen. When it came time for delivery she tore. Then the power went off. Jimmy held the flashlight as the doctor stitched Helen. But, not before he had to run through the rain looking for the sutures. When asked if the generator could be switched on they were told, "The man who manages the generator demands money before he will turn it on."
|View from the house down to the road|
Recently a rural church, in the Midwest of America, donated funds to purchase land. And the forgotten adventure was given life! The search for appropriate land began, but searching for land is a challenge here in Uganda. Purchasing land without encumbrances increases the challenge. Avoiding deception and being cheated in a land deal tempts one to give up the pursuit.
But, glory be to God, after avoiding several attempts to purchase land that turned out to be risky, and equipped with warnings from our lawyer, we found a very nice piece of ground. With a surprise on it! It was not bare ground, but it came with a house on it in pretty good condition! Complete with electricity and water! The piece of ground is long with five plots on it. One week ago today we purchased the property!