Friday, January 04, 2008

My top story from 2007...

“Throw the child away, it’s not worth keeping! How will you ever afford medical care or even begin to look after it?” Huddled together in the small hut, the mood grows darker and more foreboding as harsh words pass back and forth. Family members peer down at the newborn baby; all are intent on expressing a view. Finela tries to cover her ears as each word pierces her heart. Gazing at her husband, Ishaka, their eyes begin to fill with tears. Their hearts overflow with compassion. This is their newborn baby boy, Tamba.

This is the beginning of a story I would like to share with you. You can find the full story at: http://www.mercyships.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ehKHI0PJIqE&b=2735009&ct=4734563

This little boy & his family had an impact on my life. They came to the clinic desperately looking for help; I wasn’t sure if I could do anything. I couldn’t believe what they had been through; it was frustrating to hear. Thankfully I was able to send the child to the Africa Mercy in Liberia for a CT scan, (secretly) hoping that he would have surgery soon afterwards. Tamba’s story is one of compassion & endurance. About a father & mother who fight for their child, sacrificing the little they have, never giving up. Not only has Tamba’s life been changed but his parents recognize there is a God who cares. Ishaka’s love for his son is so evident; it reminds me of God’s love for us, His children. The essence is summed up in the following lyrics: “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure. That He should give His only son, to make a wretch His treasure.”

1 comment:

Gabriela García Calderón said...

By any chance, do you know how is the family doing?
Regards from Peru.

~ Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly. micah 6:8 ~