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By Revd Tibeibuka Justus, Fort Portal, Uganda
Working as a healthcare chaplain can be challenging under normal circumstances but during a pandemic it becomes an even more urgent and essential ministry. Revd Tibeibuka Justus was introduced to APF about a year ago by one of our UK supporters. He is now a keen user of our church leader training and resource app, eVitabu. He told us about his work during the pandemic.
I serve in hospitals and clinics as a chaplain. I work across three huge hospitals and 25 clinics. I stay at Kabarole Hospital, Fort Portal, Western Uganda. This is a Church of Uganda hospital founded by missionaries from England.
Covid-19 has led to termination of staff contracts, forced leave and reduced salaries. This has affected hospital workers, many of them are Christians who have been giving to support my ministry.
Each week, I have one day for resting. The rest of the time I work in these local hospitals and clinics. I have also a home for sick or abandoned babies. The main Kabarole Hospital is where I get my salary from but because of Covid-19, it has been reduced by half.
Patients and carers need to eat and drink while in hospital. God has enabled me to share simple foods with them whenever I visit. Every season I plant different crops, including vegetables and fruits.
Before Covid-19, I used to buy boxes of soap, sugar and rice to give to patients and the homeless at the babies’ home. Now my reduced salary has limited my capacity for this important pastoral work.
Even clinical staff in these hospitals and clinics have told me that sometimes they sleep with an empty stomach. Sometimes I can share a little I have from my garden with them.
As I write, I am planting rice but I lack fertilisers to put across the five acres of land I farm. I love the people l serve and I know God will provide.
Thank you APF for being a voice for us.
- For patients and staff at Kabarole Hospital, may it to be a place of healing
- For access to clinical resources and personnel.
- That basic supplies of food, water, soap and medicines would reach those in need.
- For the infants being cared for, especially those abandoned and in need of a family.
- Giving thanks for Justus as he serves the community spiritually, pastorally and in costly practical expressions of God’s love and provision.