Today we commissioned a key person in our Yotkom Project to attend to the pastoral care and chaplaincy needs of our medical team and the patients we serve.
Walter Otim is a mature man in his 50s who has lived and worked in this community all his life. His parents were Christian leaders and he became a Christian at the age of 18. He attended a Baptist theological college in Jinja Uganda and later was involved in planting a Church in Gulu. He is currently pastoring a church in Kitgum and he speaks regularly on the local FM radio station, where he has a nickname "Muzungu Muno". He has a heart for evangelism but is also experienced in counselling and rehabilitation. He has worked for Food for the Hungry for over 10 years in a counselling and teaching role.
We are very excited to have him join our team on a part time basis. He will be helping with weekly team devotions and getting to know approximately 40 people who work with Yotkom, the Drug Shop, and Bregma Clinic, providing mentoring, support and encouraging Christian discipleship. He will also be involved in counselling and training other counsellors to work with Yotkom . Patient visitation and care within the clinic will also be a role. We are looking forward to the new influence he will bring to our team. His appointment is a major answer to prayers as this has been identified as a real need and was a primary focus for our visit this time.