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Goldsborough value and support the work of Corrie Verduyn, a C.M.S Missionary Doctor in women's health working in Uganda, Africa. 

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The congregation of St Maty the Virgin, Goldsborough are proud to support the work of Corrie Verduyn, a CMS missionary doctor working in Uganda. 

On the 29th July 2012 the collection from our Charity Sunday Service  of £295 was sent to CMS to provide practical support for the work that Corrie does. 

On 1 Apr 2012, at 13:47, Corrie Verduyn wrote:

Dear friends,

I hope you all have received the first news letter a few weeks ago. There had been some delay in publishing it. CMS has promised me to do better next time. Several of you have emailed me. It is very good to know that  I am so well supported and am kept in your prayers. This is very imported to me, as there are many challenges here.
I have been in Kiwoko now for 2 months. This time has been used to orientate me to the hospital and gradually learn in what areas of the care for women I need to concentrate on first. It has been decided that my first priority is to improve standards in the labour ward. There are a large number of preventable stillbirths. I am determined to improve the statistics. I have had some meetings with the hospital management and my colleague doctors, which have been very encouraging. They are very keen to learn, improve and move forward, and have agreed with my initial work plan. My priority for the next 6 months is:

  • write guidelines for the labour ward. Each doctor is now doing what they think is best, but there is no uniformity, and some do get it wrong. So in writing guidelines I am hoping that all doctors do the same in a certain situation, and do it to a better standard.
  • I am starting a "women’s health" clinic next week. I am starting with one clinic per week. We will see over time if that needs expanding.
  • I have started training sessions for doctors and midwives to improve the practice of monitoring the baby’s heart rate during labour. There are many practical challenges due to lack of resources and not enough midwives, but much can be done in this area.

One of the reasons for writing this "unofficial" newsletter it to update you with prayer requests.
So here they are:

1. Pray for this new clinic. Pray that the allocated room will be ready. Please pray that one of the nurses will come forward to help with this clinic. I would like it to be somebody who is really interested in women’s health.

2. Pray for patience and opportunities to carry out the training in heart rate monitoring. This is mostly "bed side" training, so will take a lot of time and effort.

3. Pray for Kiwoko Hospital. The medical superintendent (a CMS Ireland missionary) has just left for long leave and won’t be back till September. Please pray for Dr Peter, who is taking up that role over the next few months.

4. My official language lessons have finished. Please pray for discipline to keep up with self study. I am only managing the very basics so far, so will need to do a lot of work on that.

5. Thank God for sending me to the "right" place. This was a prayer request on my original prayer cards. I really feel I am in the right place and have Gods peace for being here.

6. Please pray for guidance into what role I should have within the local church or in the spiritual part of the Kiwoko community. This is an area which I am completely unclear about, so join me in prayer for guidance.

It is a strange thing to be sitting here in front of my window overlooking the bush, with temperatures a very cool 27C (usually 35-ish), and thinking about the differences between life in the UK and here in Uganda. Yet it is good to know that in both places there are members of my family in Christ. If there is anything I can include in my prayers for your churches, please let me know.

Warm greetings and praying for God’s blessing over your churches,

Corrie Verduyn




Dear friends,

I have promised to tell you the story of one patient, but which one to pick? There are so many stories, good ones and sad ones. Almost daily there are stillborn babies, some die at the last minute due to lack of heart monitoring. However I have decided to tell you a story with a happy ending.

On the first day in my job I was told that there was a lady in the community who was diagnosed with an abdominal pregnancy. This is a pregnancy where the baby grows in the abdominal cavity outside the womb. This is a highly dangerous situation, both for the baby and the mother. It is extremely rare and I have never come across it before. Most of these babies do not survive until the end of pregnancy. Most of the mothers die from uncontrollable abdominal bleeding.

One Monday morning I found the lady on the ward and decided to deliver her the next day. She already had severe anaemia, which made the operation even more risky. There were only 2 bags of blood transfusion available for her, which she needed just to correct her anaemia. And the potential bleeding was yet to come.
The operation went well. I was able to deliver a live baby girl. Now the real challenge started. Where is the placenta? And what is it attached to? As it happened the placenta was attached to a single blood vessel, which had sustained the pregnancy, quite a miracle in itself. It also meant that I could remove the placenta easily and thus the life of the mother was saved.

When I asked the mother later what she was calling her daughter, she told me her name was Mercy, because of the grace God had shown her. I could not have agreed more.

As I mentioned before, there are many sad stories. One of my aims is to improve heart rate monitoring, to reduce the number of stillborn babies. I may well use some of the money collected last year for this purpose. Most of the monitoring equipment is not available in Uganda. I have yet to find out how to get hold of what I want and what the price tag will be. I will keep you informed.

The story of grace that I told you is one of the examples where I too have to depend on that same grace. Living and working in this environment makes me much more dependent on Him who will not abandon the works of His hands (PS 138:8), grace and mercy indeed.