On this Mother’s Day, I’d like to tell you about a young mother, in Uganda, that had to make a difficult decision. This young mother, named Teddy, has a 3 year old son named Shakib. Shakib had been horribly burned in a house month, a few months earlier. He initially had treatment at the national referral hospital. Teddy left this hospital because she was seeing too many bad outcomes with other patients. She heard of a “burn doctor” in another Uganda city. Teddy’s family and her mother moved their lives to Mukono. Teddy could only afford to have this burn care sporadically and Shakib was not getting any better. He had horrible burns on his abdomen. He also had burns on his hands that had scarred and left his hands where he could not use them. He had burns on his legs and hips that would not allow him to walk.
Teddy brought Shakib to a clinic in Mukono to try to get him some relief from his pain. Shakib was required to wear a dress, because any other clothing was much too painful. His constant pain and immobility left him cranky and tearful almost all of the time. At this medical clinic, the Due Unto Others Medical team met Shakib and Teddy. God laid it on their hearts to try to help Shakib and Teddy through this difficult situation. The Due Unto Others team offered to take Teddy and Shakib back to their home medical center, in Gaba, for burn care and potential surgeries for his scarred hands and legs. Teddy could see that what she was offered was likely the best option for Shakib.
When Teddy discussed this opportunity for Shakib’s care with her mother, her mother absolutely refused to allow Teddy and Shakib to go to another city for health care. Teddy’s mother was the sole bread winner and leader of their family. She said that if Teddy left with Shakib, she would not be invited back. Like a true mother, Teddy decided do what was best for Shakib and moved to Gaba for medical care. Almost a year later, Teddy and Shakib are still in Gaba and going to Wentz medical center for physical therapy and wound care. Shakib has had multiple operations.
Because of the giving of Christians from many churches across the US, Teddy and Shakib have seen God’s love and healing. Teddy and her mother have reconciled, Teddy has a job in the Gaba area and guess what Shakib is doing this Mother’s Day? He’s walking and smiliing!
Shakib's mother Teddy was married to a Muslim man. Shakib and his siblings have Muslim names. We learned last night that Teddy has accepted Christ and has completed the new believer's class in Gaba Community Church. So now, because of Christian love shown to Shakib and his family, he is now going to grow up in a CHRISTIAN home. Thank you to the supporters of Due Unto Others. You are making an immediate and eternal difference.
Just look at the difference in Teddy's countenance from today's picture on the left to the previous picture on the right!
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
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Jay & Jill