Leveling the Playing Field
Where the Dogs Turn Around.
Though a humanitarian group installed a water filtration system that provides pure drinking water to the village, electricity is far from this village that rests against the north shore of Lake Victoria. Life is primitive. Options are few. And when the dogs reach this place there is nowhere else to go. So, they just turn around.
Why were we here on this warm, breezy Saturday? Did we come just to see where the dogs turn around? Or was there a greater purpose? Were we there to administer justice?
|Nurse Kayla & Dr. Don|
Peter is so perceptive. When he speaks, I listen. He can see so many things I miss. I look forward to seeing him, and you, Paul, in just a few days. 6 months is such a long time to be away. There has not been a day, since July, that my thoughts and prayers were not directed to Jinja. See you soon brother!Back in July of 2012, God awakened something in this man with a tough exterior. It was his first medical mission trip to Uganda and the medically deprived, but hospitable and happy people of Uganda captured his soften interior heart. He is now the team leader of his second medical mission trip that is leveling the playing field.
|Cellulitus on a young boy named Jackson|
What was astonishing to me ... was the amount of scriptures that underlined the fact that true justice was leveling the playing field. We are to disadvantage ourselves for the advantage of others. We have to find constructive ways to assist and strengthen rather than avoiding or, often badly, taking or robbing the interest in self-reliance and ingenuity from the recipient of our charity ... The distribution of these items can be done in a way that restores self-respect, encourages self-reliance, and builds community and personal/corporate resourcefulness.
|Dr. John withdraws fluid from a knee|
150 kilos of beans were purchased to be sent home with those lacking protein in their diets, resulting in malnutrition One patient will travel to Jinja on Tuesday, on funds made available by the medical team, in order to have their blood screened for a more productive diagnosis. Phone calls will be made this afternoon to a clinic/hospital in Kampala to research the possibility of a surgery on Wednesday. A young student of Fountain of Hope Primary School has a serious heart defect that could be remedied by surgery. Tomorrow the team will minister medical justice at a nearby prison.
|Byron observes neglected broken bone|
which leaves young girl with deformed leg
I love my job. I love the adventure. I love the relationships. I love the opportunity. I love to see the justice of God applied in the various areas of expertise. I love to see God reveal to people in a primitive environment that He is fully aware of them and wants them to be aware of it ... in such a practical way. I love to see God remove people from a developed environment to give them a perspective of Him that they would never have otherwise. What a great job I have.