The Good Samaritan Gets Married

If the Lord was looking for a modern day example of the Good Samaritan…. We have found him.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.”

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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!

 

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Here are some photos from the reception as well.

 

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Our Happy Place

Why would traveling across the world make one so happy? Why would we keep going over and over to our “happy place”?

What about “this place” makes us so happy?

Maybe it’s because of the beautiful Ugandan scenery?

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Once you get off the main road, Uganda has a simple beauty that would rival many locations but that’s not the reason.

Maybe this place makes us happy because one of our best friends lives there.

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This beautiful gap between his teeth makes us happy but that’s not it alone.
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After coming to see him nearly 50 times you’d think seeing him would kinda wear off. The joy of the four of us being together isn’t the only reason we come.

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Maybe it is seeing the rest of our Ugandan family. You know, this cast of characters really starts to rub off on ya when you spend time with them. This is one family that you just love to be with because they just make you happy. But how many times can you see the same people and stay so happy to see them over and over again?

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Maybe the reason this place is the happy place is because 1/2 the population is under age 15. Kids are the world He has given us to minister to today.

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We wake up and still have one beautiful one living at our house and another beauty in art school. Epa gets to the day job and there are kids everywhere.

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They do make us smile and laugh but the kids here in Uganda are a bit different. They make us smile and laugh too, and they make us cry tears of joy. We are not sure If we’ll ever be able to be without them. They are growing up into young adults right before our eyes.

So does that make any parent happy? Our second 18 year lease is up in a year. I think we’ll be happy for our Kyomu leaving the home, but I’m sure we will shed some tears too.

So why do we call this our happy place?

For the land ….. nope.
For the friends…..nope.
For the family time… nope.
For the children……nope.

The reason this is our happy place is because no matter who comes with us, or who returns for a second time or third or whatever time….what they get to experience is a “slice of heaven.”

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A place where there is love shown to them like the Father designed this world to be. This place never disappoints. Never has, never will.

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Smiles are guaranteed with pearly whites a flashing as big as you’ll ever see anywhere in the world.

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Thank you Lord for leading Kiconco and I here.

We are better people because of what happiness you have shown us here. We are happier people because we are focused more on You when we are here. We can see with razor sharp clarity what life is all about here: loving You and loving others.

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Thank you Lord for letting us bring hundreds and hundreds of people to this happy place.

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Our prayer is that they never remain the same from this tiny glimpse of heaven.

We can’t wait to share this happiness this week with PCM 48.

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Psalm 37:4 Seek your happiness in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.

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Epa and Kiconco

New Threads and New Life

The time has come for something new at our schools.  Just like Christmas for our kids in the States, the orphans and needy children in Uganda wait in anticipation for this day as it only comes once or twice a year.
Today they are getting their own, hand sewn, crisp, new uniforms!
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The students line up expectantly at each school waiting for their chance to get their hands on the perfect size for them.
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The view looks the same at each of the schools, as each student holds up a uniform
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hoping it will fit them just perfectly
Pupils of Parental Care School Sanga picking school uniforms given to them.
and knowing it will be their identifying mark for the next year.
The smiles complete the ensemble with everyone looking their smartest
Parental Care pupils at Sanga showing tears of joy after they were given school uniforms
and ready to give their best this new school year.
Supermom looks on in approval as she sees the fruit of our new PCM Seamstresses’ labor making uniforms for 1,800 children.
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 In another area of our ministry, Scott and D’Lisa are having a great time ministering and being ministered to.  You can hear all about it from these two wonderful servants of God!
We spent a wonderful day at Mbarara with Church Leaders from the area and the students.  We were blessed more than we blessed them. We think.
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We spent two great days at Sanga Church with a new group of leaders.  We spent time on the Doctrine of God, Spritual Gifts and the Pentateuch.  They had great questions and we had interesting discussions.
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On our first day at Sanga, a man brought a note to Pastor Emmy at the end of the service. The note said a man was there who had just accepted Christ!  Scott prayed for the man and the rejoicing by the church was great!
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Today we began our time at the Masaka Church with a sermon.  D’Lisa was busy with two sleepy children,
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but the church was filled with God’s Spirit and joy.
There are many moving parts to PCM and on a daily basis thousands of lives are being impacted. We are thankful that today there are new threads AND new life!