We had a great peaceful day with a nice breeze. Everyone seemed calm (also an answered prayer). We saw somewhere around 1200 people over the day which was interrupted by a torrential 20 minute downpour. Great for the crops not so good for people standing in line. Everyone scampered for cover so we went off to have a lunch of beans and rice. It all worked out.
Our prayer teams were fully engaged today after a couple of days where it seemed hard to find customers. We had people who needed to be protected from demons at night (this is very real) and we also had several women come to Christ and one come back to Christ (think prodigal daughter).
Over the last few days we have had 4 cases that needed to go to the hospital. Today we got the update. One was a potential broken elbow that turned out to be a tendon tear so the arm just needs to be immobilized ($100). Health care may not be available to most but it sure is a bargain compared to the US. Another patient had a leg injury that turned out to be more serious. She will require major surgery. We are awaiting more evaluation. We sent a man in with a horrible open wound. The hospital is evaluating treatment options to fight the infection in the wound. The last case is a baby with fluid on the brain which will require several operations and a yearlong hospital stay. We are looking at our medical finances to see if we can support this. It will cost around $1250 for the year. We hope the favorable exchange rate will create space for COTHA to help. At the end of the week we are also evaluating if we can help with some minor surgeries.
Please pray for these people that they can receive healing and that God will provide what they need.
These are the highlights. After making my usual trek to the pharmacy in downtown Mbale with Pastor Morris and his team to restock the supplies I am bit low on fuel. Thanks to everyone who is praying for us and supporting us. None of this could be done if you did not answer God’s call to help.
Grace and Peace