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Around June of 2014, I got a call that my mom Rebekah from Dure Village was very sick. Rebekah is someone very special to me. I met her in 2007, and she is the reason we have a village ministry at all. It started outside of her hut in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camp while the rebels were still active. Each week, she would have people gather to hear the Word of God.
From that village ministry sprang up the rest, and thousands of lives have been touched because of her faithfulness to open up her home.
She is also the first person in Kitgum who ever invited me inside of her hut for a meal that she cooked for us. It was such a blessing and I will never forget it.
When I heard she was really sick, I jumped in my car and rushed over to her village. I found that she was extremely weak and coughing profusely. She couldn’t walk and was disoriented, so I decided to bring her and her daughter, Lucy, to the hospital in town. After some time, we got her in to have an x-ray, after which they admitted her. They found that she had TB. Once she was settled, I left for the night.
The next morning I came back with some supplies, and as I entered the TB ward, I found another woman who looked even sicker than Rebekah, lying on the floor on a mat. Her body was just skin and bones, and her skin was peeling off. I went to talk to her, and found out her name was Juliana. She had bad TB and she was just there deteriorating. Her daughter, Susan, was taking care of her, but there was not much that could be done to help her. She told me she was saved, which was a relief.
I went to see Rebekah, who hadn’t changed much at all, and we ended up having a Bible study all together - with Rebekah and some friends who were visiting her, as well as Juliana and Susan. Afterwards, Susan gave her life to the Lord.
We continued to pray for Juliana’s healing. When I came back the next day, I found that they had released Juliana to go home, because there was nothing more they could do for her (and the hospital didn’t want her to die there as they’d have to deal with the dead body.)
On her way home, when she was on the back of a motorbike on the bumpy road, she died. They carried her dead body for miles after that on the back of that motorbike to get her to her village where she would be buried. I was devastated to learn of this, and decided we should go visit her village to pay our respects and give our condolences to her family. It was a place called Corner Kilak.
When we reached the village, we went to the gravesite and prayed. We tried to encourage the family, and though they were sad, they were very happy that we came and welcomed us warmly. As we were chatting with them, we realized it would be a great place to do an outreach. They also seemed very interested, and so we decided to go back home and start planning for it.
After some time, Rebekah started to improve. She was released from the hospital and sent back to her village. Meanwhile, we ended up having a three-day outreach in Corner Kilak. We had a team comprised of visitors from the US, some people from the capital city of Uganda, and our team from Kitgum. It was an amazing time. Many people were reached and professed Christ while others were encouraged in their faith.
God used Rebekah’s sickness to bring me to meet Juliana. He used Juliana’s death to bring new life to many in her village. He truly works all things together for good!
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