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New Conference Center

September 23, 2019 in News

A decision was made to convert a portion of the existing Colony area into a Conference Center which can be used for camps, workshops, teaching sessions and conferences. ( Post updated weekly)

The original Colony area was built by Dr James Worsfold back in the 1950’s and it was at that time a very important part of the Mission work as it accommodated the large number of Leprosy patients. Over the recent 20+ years the number of Leprosy patients has dramatically decreased and the majority of the 110 homes were not been used. While there are still a few patients with Leprosy and also TB, these only require about 25 homes.

The plan that was developed is to build a dining hall/ meeting room plus two ablution and shower blocks and to upgrade approx. 70 of the houses with new doors, windows, floors, lights and face-lift and to furnish them so that accommodation can be offered for sessions of various types. A team from Brass Tacks in the UK are at Chitokoloki for a month and hard at work with the 3 new buildings and starting to rehabilitate the houses.

The work continues and the walls go up and the houses get renovated. The 3 men from Brass Tacks, Phil Kennedy, Rob Woodhouse and James Alexander have worked very hard and accomplished much in the time they were here. Sadly they left today October 9th and so there help will be greatly missed. Praying that someone will be able to come and help continue the project to completion. Just before they left 2 of the 65 houses were fully renovated, just waiting for painting.

Doors going in to one of the shower and toilet blocks
Door installation in ablution block
The first of 68 houses is fully completed, new floors, door, window and painted.

Week of September 15, 2019

September 12, 2019 in News

The week of September 15th began by having a double funeral on Sunday, the burial taking place right after the morning meetings. Both of those who were buried were quite elderly, one a lady by the name of Ziddia and the other a man by the name of Dawson.

Dawson was a leprosy patient and has lived at the Leprosy Colony here at Chitokoloki for over 25 years. He was crippled with deformed feet and hands, blind and yet somehow he managed to walk the 3/4 kilometer from the Colony to the Church building every Sunday for many years. At the funeral it was mentioned that here on earth he had no physical sight but he did have spiritual sight while many who were gathered may have had physical sight but still blind spiritually. We were also reminded by David McAdam today that at a conference some years past, at the end of one of the meetings he sood up and on his own sang in the local language;

“Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder, Considered all the worlds your hands have made…………………… Then sings my soul my Saviour God to thee, How great thou art.”

The week continued on Thursday where a retirement function was held for a staff member by the name of Chali Kabwita (yes that is how he spells his first name). Chali started working for the hospital here at Chitokoloki in June 1973 and 46 years later we celebrated his retirement having served the people of Chitokoloki, faithfully for all these years. Chali was the longest serving staff member and he began in 1973 in the laundry, then later in kitchen and later was taught how to distribute medicine and for the past 15 years has been in charge of the “old Hospital” compound.