If the Lord was looking for a modern day example of the Good Samaritan…. We have found him.
We all remember the text from Luke 10: 25-37
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the law?” He asked him. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.[a]
28 “You’ve answered correctly,” He told him. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. 34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’
36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
37 “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said.
I could go on and on how EmmyD took care of so many Ugandans for days. How can a man that is poor according to the world’s standards make a lasting impact on so many? How can a man who started as a boda boda driver (small motorcycle) be able to help so many?
We have watched EmmyD rebuild his mother’s home that was destroyed by a storm brick by brick by brick with the help of his brothers.
Often, PCM teams would be a transport to the village to get this work done. This man honors his mother in a way his siblings see him as the leader of this family. He is spending the little resources he has on the welfare of others.
We have seen EmmyD recently turn to help his sister Catherine who was diagnosed with a serious bowel problem requiring a colostomy. Now as a physician, there is nothing more humbling than having to go through this procedure. Try doing this in the third world. EmmyD stood right at his little sister’s side changing her when she was too sick to do it herself, spending his little free money on special foods for his beloved Catherine. Today, Catherine is back in school, right beside her friends, thankful for a brother who stopped and cared for her with love.
Maybe you remember the story of EmmyD buying his home from a 80 year old lady named Beatrice.
He was able to purchase the land and the banana trees on it, but had no funds to start building. These bananas were a source of life and EmmyD became concerned about how she would eat. So what does he do? Of course, he has continued to deliver fresh bananas to this elderly widow lady. By doing so, he developed a friendship that has had overflowing effects. Today, Beatrice is a believer in Jesus Christ because of her neighbor who reached out to care, to love and to share the Good News. She now calls EmmyD her son.
Or take this story of Benon. One time we were at EmmyD’s home. We were getting the nickel tour of what he and Pastor Charles had constructed with the help of some funds that were given. While there, we met a young man named Benon. We asked EmmyD, “who is this guy?” In typical EmmyD fashion, he said “this is my long distant cousin who was needing help with his school fees for laboratory tech school.”
We of course said, “how do you have the means to help him here?” EmmyD said, “I must help him. Jesus has given the opportunity to be a channel of blessing to others. He has helped me and now I must do the same.” Today Benon not only finished laboratory school, but you can now find him running the lab at our very own Kate Clinic.
Carol, you are getting an absolute gem of a man. Don’t get discouraged when the Lord uses him for His purposes. He will need to be gone from time to time ministering to others.
The hurting are waiting . EmmyD is willing.
The Bible says in Luke 10: 37…….”Go and do likewise.”
Let us put the Father’s love in action.
Epa and Kiconco
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. here are some picture highlights from Emmy D and Carol’s wedding and reception! We had a wonderful time celebrating this union. It was hard to believe how quickly 8 hours passed by!
Here are some photos from the reception as well.