Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Need from the Village

Wednesday morning Jason, Elizabeth, pastor Santos, and I went around the village marking the various homes with our GPS and talking to the people. We told them that we believe that prayer can be effective, and asked if there was any way we could pray for them. Several asked for us to pray about their sons making their way to the United States in search of work. The father of a 17 year old was worried for his son, and the mother of a 20 year old broke down and cried. We prayed with them and for them and our presence facilitated pastor Santos to shepherd and comfort them.

One woman brought us into her small home with an uneven dirt floor and corn stored in a pile on the floor. In a ten foot by ten foot room, laying on a home made wooden frame and a worn out, dirty mattress, was six year old Noemi. She is sick, we believe, with two conditions. The first is a recent hernia, and the second is a virus going around the village. The mother has taken Noemi to a clinic of sorts that diagnosed the hernia, but she does not have the money to take her to the city hospital for the surgery to repair it.

We were concerned that her fever and body aches were associated with the hernia, and that it might be infected, but the mother thinks these symptoms are caused by a virus. There were several other people ill with a virus in the village, and this gave us some relief that the mother was correct.

I asked her if we could take a picture, and share it with my friends back in the United States, so that they might join us in praying for her. And this is what I am asking you to do.

Lord God, you are a loving and compassionate father and we ask for your healing hand on Noemi. We ask that you would restore her strength and health, that you would repair her hernia, and that you would enable her to again do the things little girls do. Father, if it be your will, I ask that you touch the heart of a donor, perhaps from this post, that would pay for her operation. We know this is important to you, because as you taught us,

"And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward."
If you would like to help, please send me an email. We can make this happen.


Anonymous said...

How much is needed for the mother to be able to take Naomi to the city for the surgury? Do we have any idea?

Orangehouse said...

I am trying to find out the answer to this question.