What a wonderful and beautiful day! The grounds of the hospital were 'spic and span' clean. The gardens were glorious in their natural splendor. It seemed that the Lord arranged the weather and vegetation to be perfect for the celebrations. The tents for the guests were beautifully decorated with green tulle, ribbons and bows. No bride could imagine a more splendorous venue....but this was not a wedding it was the 10th anniversary of the CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda (CCHU)However, there were so many similarities to a wedding besides the decorations...we were ushered to our seats like honored guests. As we sat we witnessed not wedding vows but promises to continue care for children with hydrocephalus, spina bifida and other neural tube disorders. There were gifts given to the 'mammas and pappas' who began this good work. It was typical of a wedding in that there were many special guests but the most important players were the family members..CURE patients and staff!
The children helped to cut the cake with Sally and Scott Harrison. They served us too! Who said these kids cannot do anything...they sang, spoke, served and engaged in cheerful conversation.
At the end of the day, I felt as if I had been at a wedding reception. I talked to so many people. I hugged so many people. I couldn't eat much because it was so exciting! Instead I went around taking pictures with my sweet Ugandan family!
When it was all over I came back to the guesthouse for a few minutes of quiet meditation and a stiff cup of tea. The day ended with a pleasant dinner at the Mount Elgon Resort. The conversation was joyful and interesting as we interacted with wonderful leaders in the field.
How awesome to reflect upon God's goodness over the years in Mbale, Uganda and indeed around the world as CURE continues to expand its cause.