I just got off the phone with Praise, who has been released from hospital and staying with an aunt while trying to recover, still in a lot of pain - going back to the hospital now for a check-up.
She told me a bit more about the circumstances surrounding the accident:
Sunday morning, she was asked to take an 11-year-old girl from the community to the hospital, as she was very sick with HIV and dying and the mother (also HIV+ and very sick) wasn't able to take her.
Praise dropped her off at the hospital and told the hospital staff that she would be back in the evening to take care of her.
Believe me, when you are in the hospital in Uganda, you NEED somebody besides the hospital staff to care for you!
In the afternoon, she left with some friends to do a musical performance at a church meeting.
They were doing it as a fundraiser for her children, since they were in need of food for them.
Since it is the rainy season, there are a lot of mosquitoes around and many of the children have come down with malaria.
And in these circumstances, on the way to church, this terrible accident happened.
It was raining and muddy.
They were driving and trying to avoid a boda-boda (motorcycle) and ended up in a ditch.
When people saw the car they didn't think that anybody would be alive in there.
Some onlookers - instead of helping - started taking car parts away for themselves...
So sad (yet typical)!
Praise herself doesn't remember any of this and only came back to consciousness in the hospital.
It really pains me to know how extremely challenging and traumatizing this whole situation is.
It just doesn't seem right!
All of Praise's friends who were going to help her with the concert/fundraising are still in bad condition in the hospital.
And - by the way - the 11-year-old girl ended up getting taken care of by the hospital staff and doing much better. So that's good!
But - PLEASE - continue to pray for Praise.
She needs healing in her body
Healing in her soul
Healing for her friends
Provision of food for her kids
Healing for all of her sick kids
(who are getting cared for by the people working with her)
ENCOURAGEMENT and STRENGTH
She is ALWAYS giving out
And she really needs a GOOD DOSE OF LOVE POURED INTO HER right now!!!
Heavenly Father - would YOU do that please?