AS many people prepare for the New Year and begin thinking
of their resolutions, Lisburn woman Lisa Megarry already
knows what she is going to do.
She is hoping to help change lives for
the better as she begins a three month mission in Uganda in
The local midwife will be leaving Lisburn
on January 6 to begin her work with Fields of Life in Rapha
Hospital, where she will be helping with health promotion in
the area as well as working in the HIV clinic and delivering
Lisa explained, "I went out with Fields of
Life last summer for three weeks and I've been bitten by the
"I'm a midwife in Lagan Valley Hospital
so I'll be going out to be a midwife in Rapha Hospital, as
well as working in the HIV clinic, the maternity ward and
helping with a bit of staff training and health promotion."
Lisa, who is a parishioner at Christ
Church, Lisburn, said that whilst she is looking forward to
the trip she is also feeling nervous about the task ahead.
"I'm looking forward to it very much," she
stated, "but I'm a bit apprehensive as well. It's a very big
thing to do. The Church have been so supportive, as have the
girls in work. They are all working my shifts, this wouldn't
be possible without them. I would just like to thank the
staff at Lagan Valley and the Church."
Lisa continued, "This will be very
challenging but I think that even though I'm going to do
these things to try to help, I'll get a lot back in return.
The African people are just amazing. In many ways they are
so much richer than we are, they are richer in spirit.
"This time I will be a lot more hands-on,
the three weeks I had before was only a taster."
Lisa will be being interviewed about her
journey in Christ Church by Rev. Paul Dundas on Sunday
She said, "The Church have been really
supportive financially. The kindness of people has been
amazing. This has all happened in the last month so really
been able to fundraise but the people from the Church have
donated funds towards the trip."
The funds collected will all go towards
the work of Fields of Life who aim to change lives in Africa
through the provision of quality education, health care and
II income generating projects, they also offer a child
sponsorship service which helps to ease the lives of
children living in poverty.
Lisa concluded, "This is an absolutely
fantastic opportunity. I would encourage anybody that feels
way inclined to go for it, the reward is amazing, you really
do get more in return."
If you would like to make a donation to
Lisa's trip you can contact the Christ Church Parish office
on 028 9267 3271. For further information about the work of
Fields of Life visit the website at