Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thank you!!!

Dear friends,
Thank you so much for your generous response for Paul. We believe we have enough money now to help support him through the treatments. We will keep you updated! Please continue to pray. Even the trip to Kampala for this family from a small village in the Semiliki Valley is very intimidating. As more needs arise for him or other children, we will let you know.
Thank you for loving him and us in this way. It is good to know you are with us while we are here,
Travis, Amy, Lillian, Patton and Aidan.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A chance to love

Baraba Paul

Early this morning Paul sat in my Katubi with his father, waiting for me to emerge from a night slumber and start a new day with God’s new mercies chirped by the jungle song birds surrounding us. Paul is a ten year boy and nephew to one of our friends and mission workers. He is like any other child in this area- a big smile, fun loving, lives for football (soccer) and attends school when funds are sufficient enough to allow him to go. He probably misses days during cocoa season to help harvest and increase the family income. This income is used almost exclusively for his siblings and his school fees. They eat on the beans and vegetables grown in the garden. Hunger increases during dry season and subsides in the wet and with the cocoa harvest. He probably has had multiple bouts with malaria and lives with less hemoglobin in his blood than is needed for full physical and mental development. Still, he is a sweet kid, loved by Jesus and in great need today.

Two months ago his family noted a bump in his cheek. After a month, the bump became very apparent. Not knowing what to do, they probably consulted traditional healers seeking to appease the anger and plagues of ancestors. The bump now completely disfigures his face, causing his eye to protrude forward and his tongue to deviate to the side of his mouth. He now does not smile, but looks down at the ground, afraid to see the repulsion in the faces of people who believe he is cursed. But he is not cursed. He has Burkett’s Lymphoma, a fast growing cancer that particularly affects children in Africa. Because it is so fast growing, this cancer can take his life by closing off his airway within a short period of time. Because it is so fast growing, it is also very treatable by chemotherapy drugs. I am so thankful his father brough him to my katubi this morning. I am thankful for a chance to love him in a critical place in his life. It is a chance to pray for him, to share Jesus with him through word and touch, and a chance of physical healing.

However, the International Hospital that usually treats these cases for us is out of funding for cancer patients. They have agreed to take him as a patient and cover all costs except for the medicine. The medicine will cost about $400 dollars per month and the treatment may last 3-6months according to the hospital consultant. The patient’s family is raising money to cover transportation back and forth to Kampala which will cost them a sizable $60 per trip- more than a man's monthly salary. If they can pay the transport, we want to pay for his medicines. However, we need your help. Can you send in $60 dollars to go toward his medicines? Less or more is ok, too. Amy and I will set up a Special Medical Case account at WHM, but until this is completed, please send it to WHM at the following website. Please indicate in comments that it is for Paul.

Thanks for loving him with us. Please pray. We will keep you updated!