It’s been a season of weddings at CURE Kenya. There have been four weddings, to be precise, in one year. What a blessing! In Kenya, when you talk of weddings, two thing comes to mind: music and dance. So, the CURE Kenya family had a good share of those this past year. Out of the four, one particularly stood out. November 3, 2016 was a special day, and like all the other weddings, there was hype around it. Ladies got new dresses; gentlemen visited their tailors. Lists went around the different departments for people to register on who would be traveling to the wedding, and there was an overwhelming spirit of volunteering to help in the different activities. We are a tight family. This wedding in particular held more significance because of the role CURE had played in the past, preparing the groom for this day. And so, everybody at CURE—from some of the patients to friends—knew that Livingstone was getting married.
Let me take you back a few years before this wedding day and introduce you to the groom, Livingstone. Livingstone first visited CURE in December 1997. He was barely a boy at the time. His parents had brought him to CURE, and they were desperate for help. A spine deformity had taken this family through a journey. It was a rough quest. He had been through the hands of many other physicians, and even a witch doctor had his opinion heard on the matter. When they arrived at CURE, they found men and women who were ready and able to change this young man’s life.
On April 16, 1998, Livingstone became one of the very first patients to go through a spinal surgery at CURE. Dr. Scott Harrison performed the procedure. When Livingstone was at CURE, not only did he get the surgery done, but also, through the Spiritual Department, the gospel was shared with him by one Pastor Christine Kithome, now the spiritual Anchoress at CURE. Livingstone gave his life to Christ while at the hospital.
“A time came when I was discharged and with chest support (braces). I was like a joyful astronaut heading home with his fresh discovery,” wrote Livingstone on his testimony.
A few years later, Livingstone joined the CURE ministry and started sharing his new found love with others. Through the years, this young man, who was once lost and crippled, now became a part of a vessel, CURE, to give hope to others. He has grown over the years from a boy to a man who knows Christ. He has a big heart for the kids and other people he serves. In his service to Christ, he has gained another family, CURE Kenya. Through his journey, Livingstone made some tight bonds with people at the hospital, those that have walked with him through his healing and spiritual growth.
And so, on November 3rd, many of us joined in the crowd that was dancing; busting moves to sweet music by the shores of Lake Naivasha. I am sure even the fish in the lake danced that day. It was a celebration of not only a union, but of a life changed through CURE. God used CURE as a vessel for physical and spiritual healing for Livingstone. Many more patients have passed through the same vessel, experiencing God through the services of men and women at the hospital who have given their lives to serving God. We might not follow all of them to their weddings, or to wherever they may be 20 years after CURE, but you can be sure of this, for every life changed at CURE, many more lives are affected through that one life. The kingdom of God is spread to the ends of the earth, and His name is praised.