This is Sarah. She’s fifteen years old and one of my neighbors. When I met her, she was certain she was dying. Her resting heart-rate was 140 beats a minute. She was having constant fine tremors in her hands. She couldn’t sleep, felt like she was losing her mind, and was sweating all the time. Plus she had this growth in her neck that terrified her. Sarah has a thyroid disorder that has been wreaking havoc on her body. Thankfully we’ve been able to connect her with some great surgeons who will be able to help her. It’s been a battle to get her medically stable for surgery. But we have finally reached that point. Unfortunately we just found out that she is going to need $700 to get the surgery done. Sarah comes from an unstable situation and has no way of getting these funds on her own. We are hoping to be able to help her out. We’ve been walking this journey with her for a few months now. Her bubbly, energetic, can-do spirit always makes me smile. I look forward to the days she is scheduled in my office. Please pray with us for Sarah. Pray for her future. For her total healing, and for provision for her to get this necessary surgery. If you would like to help, you can make a secure donation on our website by clicking here.
I first met Sam and Naomi in January of this year. She was a bit quiet and shy. She softly told me that she was pregnant. And that she was a type 1 diabetic. She and her husband have wanted a baby for many years. In fact, she lost her first one in childbirth back in 2011. There haven’t been any baby’s since then. She was excited. She was afraid. Could I help? Would I help? So much hope. So much fear. And thus our journey together began. I’ve been seeing her in clinic at least weekly since then. There have been some weeks when we had two, or even three visits. We’ve gone through hyper and hypoglycemia episodes. There was a big, scary, kidney infection. A few blood pressure worries along the way too. But yesterday Naomi safely brought baby Michelle into the world. I feel so honored and humbled that this precious little one would be given my name. This morning I had the honor of holding her in my arms; of praying over baby Michelle and her proud mama. This family had a long, dark, night before receiving this gift. What a blessing to be able to walk this path with them and rejoice together over this new life.
*Naomi has given permission for me to share her story and pictures with you.
This morning we pulled up to the medical centre a few minutes before scheduled opening time. A little girl and her mom were already there waiting for us. She is just five-years-old and her name is Nicole (not pictured). As soon as I put my stethoscope on her chest I heard it. A loud, harsh, murmur. My first thought was that I’m so very sick of seeing children with physically, broken, hearts. Most often they are hearts that were severely damaged by untreated strep-throat. I suspect that is the case for Nicole. We won’t know how bad her situation is until we get some more advanced tests performed at the hospital that is over an hour’s drive away.
As tired as I am of seeing children needlessly suffering, I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be here. Thankful that I have the ability to do something to help these precious little ones. I’m thankful that Village of Hope exists to bring hope and healing to families like Nicole’s. So thankful for the faithful prayer partners who lift our staff and patients up in prayer. And I’m thankful for you, our partners around the world who support us financially making it possible for us to be here doing what we do. When you make a secure donation to Hope Matters by clicking here, you are helping make a difference in the lives of children like Nicole.