Saturday, December 19, 2015
Look What You Did!!!!!
Remember with me, if you can, what it was like to be 27 years old. I was remembering that today. I had a beautiful wife, a good job, a home and dreams about the future. It was a wonderful time and life was full of hope and promise. Many of you know what I mean.
There is a 27 year old man here that our family does life with day in and day out. He is a great man of God and we get the privilege of being with him everyday. He has been suffering with an undiagnosed ailment for the past three years. He has gone from physician to physician (I use the term loosely) and they all came up with different ailments. He's been taken different medication for 3 years and not getting any better. As I have sat and talked with him, I saw so much hopelessness in his demeanor. He has used phrases like, "I'm getting old" and "I don't dream much anymore". As his spirit declined, his health has followed. So today, we took action.
Debby and I are proud to say that we are cheap. This isn't something that you would normally be proud of, but it has a different meaning in our world. When I use the phrase "our ministry", the word "our" includes hundreds of people and not just our family. We are accutely aware that we are in Uganda because God has provided through so many hard working people. Knowing this, we want to be wise about what we spend and thus we think and pray before we invest. After several weeks we felt that our partners would be in favor of this investment. We are so privileged to have partners that trust our judgement when to act and when not to act. This is very freeing for us in the ministries that we are involved in.
Today, I met this man at The International Hospital of Kampala. I took him there so that he could get a good diagnosis and a good and feasible treatment plan. Today we saw the doctor, had X-rays, got blood work done, got a diagnosis and got prescriptions to cure him and not just treat symptoms. We arrived at 8 AM and we were done by 12 PM. The young man who walked in "feeling like an old man" (his words not mine) left with a smile and a significant change in his demeanor. The cost? I am not exaggerating when I say this.....$44. From start to finish the total cost for our ministry to restore hope to a young man that had no hope was $44. WOW!