Alice’s Christmas in July (Africa Series: 2)

It’s a moment I’ll never forget: A Ugandan woman named Alice came for the medical clinic.  She’s a “crawler”…someone afflicted since birth or a very young age, usually with Polio, who is unable to walk.  They get around on their hands and knees, dragging their skirts thru the dust.

Although the clinic remained open an extra two hours, not everyone could be seen and Alice did not receive a wheelchair.  Our hearts were heavy as we said goodbye to her that afternoon.

Our team leader was informed and he was able to secure one more wheelchair! It was Tuesday and we would deliver it on Thursday afternoon.  We waited for Thursday like five year olds waiting for Christmas morning.

Off we went through the dusty, potholed streets of Gulu.   On Donner, on Blitzen, now dash away all!  Our sleigh reached her village; we got out and began walking, pushing the wheelchair . As we inquired about ‘the lady who crawls’, people pointed the way.  Children gathered and  followed. Finally, we reached her hut, but no Alice!  The anticipation of seeing Alice receive her wheelchair was met with disappointment, but then someone said, “Here she comes!”.  She rounded the corner,  never dreaming what waited for her.

In one moment, her life changed.  As she was lifted off the ground and into her place of dignity, she suddenly enjoyed a brand new view!

Yet, this moment, as joyful as it was, was nothing compared to the moment we will see our Redeemer!

The Bible tells us:

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love him. ”    1 Corinthians 2:9

See Alice “getting her wheels” in the video below:

I can’t wait till you and I round the corner to be lifted off this earth and to see what God has been preparing for us all along!

4 thoughts on “Alice’s Christmas in July (Africa Series: 2)

  1. This is AWESOME and it thrills me to see how God is now using your life which has always been vibrant for Him!! I’m excitedly looking forward to what is next.

    Carol Goings


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