Crashing into your surgeon's car

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Fri, 30 Dec 2011 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

On the day before Christmas Eve Dr Leonard was driving to Kiwoko from Kampala. He is one of our Junior doctors whom we are sponsoring for training in surgery and he was up to help out over the Christmas weekend. A few miles short of Kiwoko he observed a motorbike coming towards him swerving backwards and forwards across the road. He stopped and watched helplessly as the drunken man crashed into the side of Leonard’s father’s car. Leonard put him in the back of the vehicle, brought him to hospital and later took him to theatre to stabilise his fractures.

Sadly many here find the Christmas season a time for extreme alcohol consumption and many of the problems that can go with it. Thankfully we do have something to celebrate, but I don’t think that putting ourselves in hospital is how God would wish us to acknowledge such celestial occurrences. God has been one of us and understands what it is like to live here.

On Christmas Eve some staff sing carols on the wards and give out small gifts to the patients. As Asiimwe our Personnel Manager was briefly preaching to the patients on male ward including our recalcitrant motorcyclist, I was struck at the similarities between the Christmas story and what we are trying to do in Kiwoko.

Like Dr Leonard, God meets us at our point of need and wishes to treat us and heal us. Amazingly He wishes to do so despite our rebellious and even aggressive and damaging attitude towards Him. He does so at a point where we cannot help ourselves and all we can do is accept his free offer of assistance. Sadly of course there still are consequences for our actions too – just as the man has some weeks to spend in a hospital bed and in plaster cast and Dr Leonard still needs money to replace his father’s missing wing mirror, so the consequences of our sin can need more than even forgiveness to fully sort out.

So I hope that you don’t get so drunk that you crash your motorbike, or that anyone crashes into you in the next while. More than that though, I pray that you have a fresh experience of receiving freely from God in 2012, experiencing His forgiveness and real healing in many ways.

In Kiwoko we’ll continue caring for those who need us.
Thanks for standing with us to enable us to continue such work.

Happy New Year

Rory

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