Please note we do not post pictures of children in the hospital. It is impolite and as a ministry we value these relationships and don't wish to offend their families. Thank you for understanding.
It's been some time since our last update on the ministry. We apologize as our internet service has been down for a while. We recently just had it restored and are excited to share an update with you.
One of the aspects of our ministry is to minister to those who are in the local hospitals. We recently visited the Children's Ward. The ward is divided into 4 rooms. Each room has certain diseases and age groups. The first room we entered was the infants and younger children. The rooms are all open with no privacy from one bed to the next. Upon entering, the smell of human waste filled the room so much that it burned your nose when you breathed.
The mothers are doing their best to keep their children clean, but because of the conditions and diseases in the hospital it is difficult. Keep in mind that a mother will stay by her child's side the whole time to feed, clean, and care for them. Nurses or hospital staff do not do this. They only administer medicine and do what the doctor has asked of them.
We had an awesome opportunity to pray with many of the mothers and children. Each very welcoming of prayer. As for some, it's their last hope of survival. We went from room to room doing that. Praying and comforting as much as we could.
One child stood out to me (Justin). As I walked up to the bed I noticed immediately a child who was cross eyed with a large stitched scar across their head. I asked the mother what the child was suffering from. At 3 years old this child suffers from a brain tumor. The doctors have operated twice. I asked the mother if more surgeries were to be done or if they were complete. The mother with eyes of no hope responded that they have been laying there for two weeks after the surgery and they have no answers. In all honesty, unless God does intervene with healing, this child will not survive. It's a harsh reality of the world we live in. Usually during these kind of circumstances it means there is no hope for the child. I asked the mother if I could hold her hand and the child's hand so we could pray. She was happy. As I grabbed the child's hand they began to cry. The mother slowly reached over and explained to the child that he must quit crying so we could pray. The tears stopped. We prayed and all said Amen. When I lifted my head the child looked over and smiled. It was that smile that comforted me. Though the child knew no English and I knew no SiSwati, the child understood that prayer was their comfort and hope.
I wish I could say we saw miracles happen and that the children were healed because of us being there praying, but that's not how God works sometimes. It's our obedience of prayer that we "ask" God to heal us. Us as followers of Jesus must continue to pray for God's healing in whatever way that is and His will to be done. May we all learn that lesson today. That no matter the outcome, we pray and thank God for this is the day He has made...and I WILL REJOICE and be glad in it!
The house is coming along great. The septic has been dug (by hand), the electrical outlets and lights are being installed, the bath area has been tiled, and it's almost ready for paint. At the end of June it will receive a special coat of paint from Fitzhugh Baptist Church from our home state of Oklahoma. Six members will be on the ground for a week long trip painting and helping us do outreach in community. We're excited to have them on the ground. We will share more about their trip in the next newsletter. Enjoy some pics of the house below.
We have a great group of men who meet monthly. We talk about how we may become stronger, Christ-like men and we enjoy each other's time together. This past month we had the honor of having Ps. Rusty from Healing Place Church from Baton Rogue, LA. It was a great time of learning that our past shouldn't determine our future. Continue praying for these men as they strive to strengthen themselves and their families each and every day.
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