“How did she break?” That is the question that I was asked at the hospital and that is the question I continue to get asked everywhere we go. (If you think walking around Uganda with a small muzungu is attention grabbing, try taking a small, broken muzungu.) Lilly is adjusting to life with one leg and crutches. We are adjusting to the horrendous smell of her cast that continues to ripen daily. We have about 3 more weeks of this fun and then we have to convince Lilly that no matter what the small saw sounds like or looks like, it doesn’t hurt and the doctors will do a better job than her daddy with a handsaw as she has requested.
When God brought the word “broken” to my mind with Lilly’s leg, He also gave me a beautiful demonstration of this. We knew that Satan was trying to discourage us and render us ineffective when, all in the same week, we had a car that wouldn’t start, a thief on our compound and Lilly’s broken leg, but we didn’t know why. That is until sweet Egulasi came to John at Lulwanda a few days later and asked him to pray with her to receive Christ.
This is a girl who I would have defined as “broken” when we got here. She is the beautiful young lady who was struggling with panic attacks and depression last year. She is the one who went back to her village last summer (in hopes of alleviating some stress) and found out that her youngest, twin siblings were dead and her other brother, Emma (short for Emmanuel), had run away. When we took in the 12 new little ones, God allowed Emma to be one of those. Egulasi (and the rest of us) watched her brother, Emma, go from a despondent and dejected little boy to an animated and joyful young man at Lulwanda. Not only did his entire countenance change, but Egulasi’s heart did too.
God did that. He continues to do that. He took Egulasi’s broken heart and Emma’s broken spirit and He is graciously and lovingly mending them. Just like Lilly’s leg.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
And sometimes, He even lets us watch.
I wanted to include this photo because having friends to visit was a true blessing to our hearts. Katelyn continues to be a huge blessing to us. God knew we would need her for such a time as this.