Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hiking to a remote village in Africa

Six months ago I was in Africa and one of the highlights of our trip was hiking up into a remote village.

A child that had an adoptive home died due to contaminated water. The adoptive parents, along with the global director, put in a well. The village was SO
THANKFUL they macheted a road all the way to the village so they could put on a celebration for us.

It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Who would of ever thought I would be hiking into a remote village in Africa!!

Of course along with all that excitement and joy came great sadness. People were starving, without any sanitary facilities and no medical help. A little girl
was crying in her brothers arms and holding her stomach. I asked what was wrong.
Her brother said that she has been in pain for several days. Of course being a nurse I had to investigate. Poor little girl was really distended.

I asked the pastor we were with how we could get her help. He said there is no money for medical help and any hospital is 3 hrs away. So the pastor arranged to come back and get her (six hour trip) the next day. One of the team members paid for the trip.
What happens when we are not there though?

My heart breaks at the thought.

Pastor Peter that serves his country so diligently is from the village we visited.
He has seen first hand the death of his people and recently the death of his sister...he now cares for her child.

So we join hands with Pastor Peter to touch the hearts and hands of Liberia in Christs love.....

Psa 46:1-3 — God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

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