Ocen, Moses Newsletter (Fall 2014)

Untitled-1Praise God and greetings in the name of the Almighty Lord!

This is my story right from the time of my accident up to today. It was April 5, 2014, and the year had begun very well and things were moving along very fine with the daily programs at the base. It was 6:30 p.m. as we were preparing for church on Sunday. I was using the motorcycle just heading to the nearby trading centre called Umbachi to buy something for breakfast for Sunday morning. When I was still at the shop, it started to rain, so I stopped for a few minutes and it was already 7:00 p.m. I met Quinto Otema along the road as the rain had also stopped him at that trading centre. I picked up Quinto and we Untitled-7began our joUntitled-6urney back to the base with Quinto seated on the back.

After some distance there was a car coming toward us and as it got closer, I realized that it was on the wrong side of the road. I tried my level best to lower the speed and turn to a nearby ditch that a grader had dug, but the driver followed me on my right side because he also lost control and hit us. After that, he continued on with a high speed because he did not want to be caught. We were left on the ground with broken bones in our legs and shouting for help, but there was no one around us, so in our agony of pain we started crying and praying to God .

People started to come running. Some were walking and others came on their motor bikes when they heard about the news from our nearby village. Some ran to the nearest police station to inform them of the accident as others helped us get to the nearest health centre. When some realized that we were from Teen Missions, they started praying to God to have mercy on us and for Him to help us.

Untitled-2Untitled-3It was the LC1 (local chief) who helped to carry us with his motorbike up to the health centre. Then at that moment we called Collins Ayub, who was a former staff but now working with another organization close by, to help us. He responded very fast and made sure that we were taken to Arua main hospital because our condition was critical. So he called for an ambulance which carried us. Some friends, including the chairman for the youth in the area and some youth members, travelled with us holding and supporting us because we were not able to sit up on our own. They spent the night with us until the next day.

In the morning, Collins came to check on us and was around to see and ensure that the doctor worked on us and also made a call to notify the Teen Missions office and the Uganda Coordinator. On Sunday, the Coordinator came to check on how we were doing. The doctor worked on our legs and put plaster (a cast) when we were still in Arua Hospital.

Untitled-5From there, I was in a coma for about ten days and was transported to Mulago Main Hospital in Kampala. It was about two weeks when my senses began to come back day by day. So, right now my mind is working well and I have regained my energy back, thanks be to God!

As a result of the accident, I saw God work through my condition. At first I was really disturbed as I looked for anyone who could heal me or help, but all was in vain since I had no one to depend on.

This has been the darkest moment in my life that I will never forget, but I have seen God doing great things and working in my life through this incident. I can never compare His love with anything right now. I am now using one crutch, but at first I was using two crutches. I am trusting God is fixing my bones. Let the name of the Lord be praised forever and ever, Amen.

Untitled-4Right now, I do not have much pain and am just waiting for the day that the Lord will give me total healing and recovery of my leg. I believe I will walk soon. So it is a reminder to everybody who is willing to come into ministry and serve God, that they must remember that God has a good plan for them not to do bad but to make them prosper and do good in all areas though the enemy (devil) wants to steal, kill and destroy. When the Lord is for us who can be against us? God is always there for us in whatever we do. If we call upon the name of the Lord, He will answer us and there is hope in God if we trust Him. Things will work out well for you when you call upon the name of the Lord. Hope. Hope encouraged me and gave me strength to continue on living even when I almost gave up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank You,

Moses Ocen


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