Job is a medical student in Gulu, Uganda. He has lived through times of death and destruction. Growing up in Northern Uganda, Job’s childhood took place during a significant piece of Ugandan history. He watched the Lord's Resistance Army and Joseph Kony destroy the lives of children and families who were close to him. During the Ugandan Ebola outbreak, he again witnessed the deaths of friends and family. Every year, as I visit Uganda and work at the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Job teaches me more and more about his childhood and the history of Northern Uganda.
The most moving part of Job’s story is his unwavering love and faith in Jesus. Despite the hardship, Job thanks God every day for his life. Even though he grew up in a single parent household, with his mother earning a mere $24 per month, he is now studying to become a surgeon. Today, Job looks forward to serving the villages of his country as a doctor.
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord's doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
I have met many abandoned children like Job, whom God has pulled out of harsh circumstances. These childhood stories inspire me. I am reminded that when we treasure every child’s life, God is bringing heaven on earth as these little ones grow up to do His good work.