[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] As a missionary in Northern Uganda for the past ten years, I have encountered many people who have impacted my life. Some have been heartbreaking, others encouraging. Many people here have taught me more about God and His life-changing power then I ever could have taught them. The next few weeks I will share about a few of them.
Later this month, my new book “God Can” comes out for pre-order. In the book, six different people bravely share their lives and stories with us. We see the faithfulness and power of God in the worst circumstances. The goal is to encourage the Body of Christ and also open people’s eyes to what their brethren have gone through in this part of the world. The goal of this blog series is the same, and I hope and pray that you’re encouraged.
In 2009, people were still displaced from their homes in Kitgum do to a rebel group. They were forced to live in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps. In these camps, life was very tough. In one of the camps we taught weekly Bible studies. We met an older woman who was taking care of her granddaughter (the parents abandoned her.) The little girl’s name was Aloyo Mercy and the grandmother was Rupina. Mercy was disabled. She couldn’t walk, talk or move much of her body. Rupina would carry her around but it was hard on her body. We had a push cart made that she could lay down on and the grandmother could push around.
As time went on and people began to move back to their villages, we lost contact with Rupina and Mercy. We started fellowshipping in the village where the camp once was, but in another part far away at the home of our friend Jeneth. Jeneth and her family moved across to the other side of the village early this year, and this happens to be the same area where the old mama and Mercy live. Rupina started coming again for Bible studies, and she remembered me. She asked if I remembered Mercy. At first I didn’t, because it’s been years and we have encountered so many people, but once I saw her face I remembered. The cart we gave them all those years ago was broken. I also saw that Mercy’s condition hadn’t changed at all, and in fact she had barely grown in all those years. She is now ten years old but has the body of a four or five-year-old. I talked to my friend Lois who runs Tender Trust orphanage. They have some disabled people there that they take care of. Lois is a nurse by profession and understands some of the needs of the disabled population here from her many years of experience. She could provide Mercy with care and perhaps even treatment that she would never be able to get so deep in the village.
Lois was happy to take Mercy in, and Rupina was delighted as well. Africa4God is receiving some support to help pay for Mercy’s expenses there. They made her a special wheelchair and they are teaching her to sit up. She is happy and smiling all the time. She has developed an especially close relationship with Anna, one of the women who lives at Tender Trust and helps to take care of the children. Rupina asks about her all the time and is planning to visit her very soon. She still comes to Bible study every week and she is getting baptized in a week and a half when we hold our first Africa4God baptism.
Mercy must have felt forgotten for so many years, and her grandmother as well. But all the time, the eyes of God have been upon them. His heart for them has allowed these events to bring Mercy into a wonderful place where her muscles are being strengthened and she is receiving so much love. It is our prayer that with physiotherapy maybe Mercy will walk one day. In any case, we know that she will run and leap one day in the perfect place beyond this world of suffering. I can’t wait to talk to her then! Until then, I visit her often and see her beautiful smile which lights up the room. I tickle her and she laughs wholeheartedly. I see God’s faithfulness when I look at Mercy and her grandmother.
He truly cares for the fatherless and the widow. They are not forgotten. They are loved.
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Hi, my name is Erica and I am a God-called missionary for Northern Uganda. It is my passion and life-calling to bring God’s word to the people of the world. Each and every one of us can do our part in spreading God’s word to people in need of Jesus’ healing touch and hope. Trying to figure out if God has called you to the mission field? Do you want to learn more about what it’s like to be a missionary? Check out my book, For the Joy Set Before Us – Insights Into the Missionary Journey today.