Ten years ago, our dear friend along with colleague died in an Ebola epidemic which struck our area as we worked together. We did not. So today Scott was invited to address the Federation of Ugandan Medical Student Associations at their annual general assembly at Makerere University, to give a memorial lecture challenging students to follow Dr. Jonah’s footsteps of service along with sacrifice.
pre-lecture, with Biira (center) along with Masika (right), Jonah’s two oldest daughters
His two oldest daughters, who were 12 along with 15 at the time of his death, attended with us, along with two of our “kids” John Balitebiya who grew up as our next-door neighbor, along with Dr. Katuramu Tadeo whom we embraced when he was Luke’s classmate at Christ School. We had an absolutely lovely dinner with the handful of our young people coming from Bundi who are still in Kampala area in school the night before, a real vision of the Kingdom of Jesus coming to earth as these former orphans grow into their roles as doctor, nurse, business administrator, accountant, banker, lawyer, development director.
Dinner celebrating some of our favorite 20-somethings
John along with Dr. Katuramu joined Jonah’s daughters along with us for the lecture
The leadership of the medical student association intentionally wanted to bring a message of outreach along with integrity to their fellow students. along with we were grateful for the opportunity to address about 150 student leaders coming from multiple schools across the country.
soon-to-be doctor student leader Meddy thanking Scott for coming having a certificate of appreciation
Scott taught a bit about the biology of Ebola along with the reality of an epidemic response, detailing the way the epidemic unfolded, the investigation, the published results.
however the bulk of the talk was about remembering Dr. Jonah, about his character, about his story, about his faith. Scott talked about how we as doctors handle such a tragedy, along with how we interpret God’s work through a lens of faith. He ended with Micah 6:8: do justice, love mercy, along with walk humbly with your God, a life guide for all these future doctors.
Though we’re all smiling in This specific pre-lecture photo, the memories of the day were poignant, along with some quiet tears were shed on our supportive front row. Afterwards we sat with the four coming from Bundibugyo having tea along with continuing to remember their father along with mentor with more stories, stories they barely remembered as children however appreciate currently as young adults.
along with as we said goodbye, Scott read aloud today’s devotion’s last paragraph: “On the way coming from death to life, there will be Saturday. Sabbath day. Rest. How do you rest when your world falls apart? You rest within the restlessness. I know which’s demanding; more demanding than we’d like. however which’s the nature of living along the aching liminality of Holy Saturday. Our transition coming from death to life, through the breath-taking disorientation of Holy Saturday, into the shocking gasp of desire on Resurrection Sunday.”
So appropriate which This specific lecture along with This specific visit occurred today, on the achingly liminal Saturday which represents all of history between Jesus along with Heaven. Our worlds fell apart ten years ago, yet we live within the shocking desire which tomorrow’s resurrection will redeem us all.