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Africa Inland Mission
September 28, 2013 5:17 am
Published in: In Africa!

Caution: Pictures at the end are graphic.

Time is filled with swift transition–Naught of earth unmoved can stand

Build you hopes on things eternal–Hold to God’s unchanging hand

This song is very near and dear to Aaron and I. On one hand, it is sung by our brothers and sisters of City Fellowship in Jackson, Tennessee, and so we feel we are able to have joyful fellowship with the City Body of Christ from across the Atlantic when we sing it. On the other hand, it is consistently applicable to our daily agenda here at ACHERU and in Uganda.

New patients come to the center for treatment throughout the week; while the older patients continue to recover and are discharged. Their time here can be rather long and difficult, or it can be swift marked by consistent improvement. The patient’s body is always changing though, for better or worse. We strive to continually encourage the caregivers to see their child’s medical treatment as a gift from God. It reminds everyone involved that HE is faithful to provide for physical needs. But, there is a more pressing message to share.

The individual’s spiritual journey needs to be their number one priority, even when they are unable to come to the center for physical treatment. God’s hand is unchanging in times of uncertainty, fear, and pain. For us, this is often the only hope we can offer to the untreated in the far out villages. Often times, our sinful human nature tells us it is not enough…but we are reminded by God’s Holy Word that he is trustworthy, steadfast, and has a plan for our lives. At ACHERU we can sometimes feel like we are stuck in time… that the day may take forever to conclude. But when we let us ourselves engage with the people here and seek to use our God-given time to the best of our ability, time moves swiftly. It is hard to believe Aaron and I have already been here for over 3 months! We have now lived with families through entire treatment programs.

I would therefore like to share some of the children’s physical improvements with you. Praise God that He is a God of healing. We constantly see his hand here among the children as their earthly bodies heal and their spiritual souls grow. Here are some before and after pictures of children who have come for treatment.

Consemma's bow legs before surgery

Consemma’s bow legs before surgery

 

Consemma after pin insertion surgery

Consemma after pin insertion surgery

 

Consemma and her mom Jacqueline smiling big! They were returning to the center for review!

Consemma and her mom Jacqueline smiling big! They were returning to the center for review!

One of Jemimah's legs before surgery

One of Jemimah’s legs before surgery

Jemimah after one of her surgeries Jemimah after one of her surgeries

Jemimah's legs healing after grafting

Jemimah’s legs healing after grafting

Jemimah now in a full leg fixator (like Kevin's further down) and a wheelchair. She was a great help with painting!

Jemimah now in a full leg fixator (like Kevin’s further down) and a wheelchair. She was a great help with painting!

Kevin in the beginning with a burn contracture

Kevin, before treatment, with a burn contracture

Casting

Casting

Full leg fixator

Full leg fixator

 

Now a happy child with no fixator and no cast!

Now a happy child with no fixator and no cast!

Lebowa's osteomyelitis when he first came to ACHERU

Lubowa’s osteomyelitis when he first came to ACHERU

Lubowa after surgery

Lubowa after surgery

Lubowa currently running around with only a fixator!
Lubowa currently running around with only a fixator!

Outpatient with a broken femur

Outpatient with a broken femur

Casted before going to the hospital

Casted before going to the hospital

 

 

2 Responses to “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand”

  1. Debbie hale Says:

    How wonderful all of this is. God’s mercy and grace so fulfilling.stay safe,well and continually in the care of our Lord.

  2. Mary cavalier Says:

    Amazing! And even more amazing is the healing of their souls that is not as evident at times. God bless you both!

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