Taking the gospel to Uganda
CURE Uganda has mobile clinics that it operates throughout the country. When patients have been brought to us for neurosurgery, they need long-term follow-up care. Most of our patients also happen to be from humble backgrounds, making return trips to our hospital difficult. To make travel easier on them, we have set up clinics throughout the country where we review and follow-up on our patients who have had surgery.
Patients from Sudan through to Northern Uganda are seen at two clinics in the districts of Gulu and Lira, those from central Uganda are reviewed at a clinic in Kampala, those from the west are reviewed at a mobile clinic in the town of Mbarara, and of recent, a new clinic has been set up in the district of Jinja.
In all these mobile clinics, we always have our spiritual team with us. Their role is to do evangelism, discipleship of caregivers, and to follow-up with those who gave their lives to Christ during their stay at CURE Uganda. Our spiritual team works hand-in-hand with a team of local pastors from different regions of Uganda, the CURE Volunteer Pastors Network (CPVN).
According to Pastor Simon Peter, the pastors in this network play a vital role with CURE caregivers in the community because they link them with Bible-believing churches in their different communities so that they stay committed to Christ.
Pastor Winnie says, “Through counseling we have seen families reconcile. Some of the mothers are abandoned by their husbands because of the conditions of their children, but through counseling we have been able to bring some of these families together.” She also tells us that miracles are happening because most of the children are getting better, and their caretakers are getting stronger, too.
Through the CVPN, CURE is able to do bereavement ministry, also. Many of the children we see at CURE Uganda arrive in a highly critical state. We are able to save many lives, but sometimes, despite our best efforts, a child passes away. When that happens, a pastor from the region is contacted and asked to get in touch with the family, where they pray with and encourage them. If no local pastor is available, our pastors from CURE Uganda will travel to the bereaved families to pray with them.
The Spiritual Department has other roles, too. They start each mobile clinic day with devotions, just like we do at the hospital, and they give out Bibles to the caregivers in whatever language the read best.
“When I talk to mothers, we easily connect because I also have a child with hydrocephalus. When I tell them about my experiences, they feel encouraged, and that is one of the reasons why I enjoy doing this ministry for CURE,” said Sharon, a pastor who volunteers with us and mother to Christian, who was treated for hydrocephalus at CURE Uganda some years back.
As our mission states, we heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God–even at mobile outreach clinics.