23 August 2019
Love changes things
‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25: 40
Samuel smiled for the camera not knowing what was to happen. He had been a passenger on the back of a pick-up, yet sadly the ingredients for disaster were all present. No seat belts, bumpy pot-holed roads, excessive speed, too many passengers – and Samuel had fallen off. He would have no movement below the waist ever again. So he was brought to Kisiizi, but his family, too poor to pay for his care, abandoned him.
Elsewhere – An elderly couple in England went without their Sunday lunch, as they usually did. The money instead went with prayers and love to help in Uganda and it paid for Samuel’s care.
     - The doctor was home on leave addressing morning assembly at his old school. It was an unusual assembly for them that morning, a series of slides of children their age yet almost seeming to come from another planet. Samuel’s picture was shown up for barely 40 seconds; the boys saw him smiling, despite his paralysis, and lying on the earthen floor of his family hut, only half a man.
The boys suggested it, the boys worked at it, the love flowed, the money was given, and Samuel’s new wheelchair was sent out with prayers and hope. At first it seemed ridiculous to send a wheelchair to a place where there are hardly any flat surfaces. Yet for Samuel it was to mean his situation transformed. Now he was able to look people in the face, to have dignity, self respect, a changed situation! He found that he was loved and cared for by the family of God world-wide, and that this had changed things for him.
Read: 1 Corinthians 12: 31–13: 13.