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Parable of the Good Samaritan in Uganda

Cliff, I think there is a man lying on the road.

Wai Jia said this morning as we were driving to church.

Last month I preached on loving your neighbours using the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10).  I ended off the sermon describing how I avoided someone who needed help with his car because I was rushing back to church in Canada.

It was deja vu all over again. Except this time it is in Africa.

This is Parable of the Good Samaritan in Uganda.

As I continued driving, I kept thinking it was probably nothing.  Wai Jia probably seeing things.  It wasn’t serious.

But as we drove along, I keep thinking what if this man is dying?

What should we do?
What can we do?

In order to pass my guilt, I asked Wai Jia, what should we do?
If she said no, then I am not responsible for this problem.

She said, ‘I don’t know.’
‘As in no?’ I replied.

There were other reasons to keep driving.  We planned to pick up a friend and her kids and bring them to church.  Wai Jia was preaching and surely she couldn’t be late.  There are enough valid reasons for us to keep going.

After a moment of silence, a moment where both our conscious are pressing us to act, I made a U-turn and drove back. I told Wai Jia that we need to see this man.  Maybe is something.  Maybe is nothing.  But if it is something and we do nothing, clearly I don’t walk my talk.  Then God will hold me accountable.

What will we do?  I don’t know.
What can we do? Not sure.  Let’s take a look first.
What if he is dead?  Who do we call for help? No clue.

It wasn’t too long before we reached back to this man.   He was lying along the ditch with his pants down.   I pulled the car off to the side and walked up to the man.  As I got closer, he turned his head around with his eyes closed as if he was sleeping.  It didn’t took too long to figure out he was drunk.   By now, the sun was scorching.  Glad to see he wasn’t hurt or dying, I put a bottle of water next to him in case he got dehydrated and drove away.

Had he been sick or dying, I really don’t know what we would do.  What if the police found us liable for this man?  What number do we call for police?  Will they even come?  I don’t know.  I never dealt with Ugandan police before.

We might do little.  We might not be able to do much.  But to drive away without a car is like the Priest and the Levite.

As I reflected on this parable, I immediately thought about the lawyer’s heart who started Jesus to speak this parable.   He asked the question ‘who was my neighbour’ because he wanted to justify himself.  I wonder when I asked myself the same question, am I trying to justify myself as well.

We were both glad that the man wasn’t seriously ill.  Later, we told our friend about this incident and she said that it was common for man to get drunk over the weekend.

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”Luke 10:29 (NKJV)

Real Life Parable of the Good Samaritan in Uganda

Real Life Parable of the Good Samaritan in Uganda

And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”Luke 10:37 (NKJV)

Monkey Business

Since we settled in Uganda, we had Vervet monkeys as neighbours.  They often travel in packs and will swing past our front porch.  A local told us they are harmless. However, Wai Jia and I stayed a bit far from them in case they bite. The younger Vervets loved to play and wrestled with one another. Here are some pictures and a few videos of them in action.  We always eat our breakfast outdoor.  It is quite a sight when they run past us.

Monkey Gallery

Video: Two baby monkeys and a mama monkey

Uganda: Two baby and a mama African Vervets

Video: Monkey grooming himself

Uganda: African Vervet grooming itself

Video: Monkey jumping off a tree

Uganda: African Vervet jumping off a tree

BONUS Video: Colobus Monkeys jumping between trees (taken at the Entebbe Botanical Garden)

Jumping Colobus Monkeys

Transition

We are now waiting in the Doha airport in transit to Uganda.

It has been a long time since I blogged, I will give a quick update.  My role with OMF finished in mid April.  Afterwards, we went to Canada for a month.  It was a great time to see friends, family and thank my supporters.  We came back to Singapore three weeks ago and started training at church to prepare our way to Uganda.

We are going to Uganda to serve there for a year.  I will be teaching two lessons in the Bible School and as well as teaching IT.  Wai Jia will be helping out at a NGO (Mildmay) and looking ot start up a community development project with a local church.

Though the actual transition started within the past two months, we’ve been packing and cleaning up our home in Singapore since Christmas.  The last week was especially busy as we closed up accounts (home line, gas and electricity, newspaper etc.), packing the home and also training at church.

Last night as we locked up the door for the last time, we know we are opening a new season in our lives.  A while ago, someone asked me where my home is.  Is it Canada? Is it Singapore?  The answer is they are both my home and they are both not.

Without a physical place where we can call ourselves home, it can be trying at times.  We might feel like we are floating in a current, not knowing where it will go.   There can be a sense of overwhelming emotion of lostness and sadness.  It is during this period I stop and remember Hebrew 11:8b:

…and he (Abraham) went out, not knowing where he was going….

This was my defining verse when I left Canada.  This is the same verse as we embark to Africa.  If you read the whole chapter of Hebrew 11, it is very encouraging.  These individuals are known as heroes of faith.  It is a reminder for us to perservere.

I really have no clue what to expect in Uganda.  We just have to trust in Him and His leading.  He alone is more than sufficient for us.  He has provided more than both Wai Jia and I can imagine (have a read at WJ’s blog post).

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

At the airport…

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Cliff eating his last durian before taking off…cliff-eats-durian