On a public holiday last August, a friend who works for CURE called to request help with a project. The beauty of the timing is worth savoring.
Only one day prior, I had completed a training to facilitate small groups for people who had experienced trauma. Much to my own surprise, as I went through that course, I experienced a wave of grief related to the death of my niece, Josephine. Our Josephine was born in the Spring of 2017 with a severe neurological condition called Spina Bifida; she was with us for eight short days.
I knew that CURE’s ministry focuses on children with neuro-disabilities, mainly Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida – conditions less known to us Westerners, but more prevalent in developing countries. As I passed through the CURE gates for the first time, still tender-hearted over my niece, I had a sense of anticipation. I was mindful that this children’s hospital – the only one of its kind in the world – specializes in the very condition that my niece died from.
As I entered the reception area, my head lifted and on the wall my eyes fell on a framed poster – the testimonial of another girl named Josephine, a Ugandan who was treated for Spina Bifida at this very place.
The God who sees, knows, comforts and heals was reminding me who He is. But I had no idea that a few months later, at the perfect time, God would open a door to be part of this healing work at CURE.
When God helps me to be still and consider, I am amazed at how He, in His redeeming love, is able to take painful parts of our lives and use them for good. Thousands of miles away from home, in trials and triumphs, He shows Himself faithful. Because He is who He is.
I experience life in Uganda to be rich and precious even while it can feel impossible and daunting. Most days the fear outweighs the faith, self-love prevails over love for others, pride over humility, and the list goes on. Yet in all of it, the sure mercies of God are sufficient for the depth of my need.
The Gospel invites us to press on in the sufficiency of His grace and strength when things unfold differently than we had planned. I am spurred on by the words of one psalmist, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:5-6). Though the seasons change, His love remains – unconditional and steadfast.
Read more about the work of CURE Uganda.