Marginalised, rejected, cursed, stigmatised. So many people, so much pain. It is always hard to witness, always hard to know what to do, always hard to know how to help. The team visiting us from Canada has come face to face with it this week. This week was one of exposure for them, a time for them to learn and grow and see their worldviews develop and maybe change. And they have stepped out of their comfort zones and reached out in a way they never knew they could.
|Walking through the rich, fertile rice fields on Kome Island|
We went to the home of Abbas, a young man suffering severely from what we think may be cerebral palsy. He is considered by his family and villagers to be a curse. He is hidden away in a very small dark, wooden hut on the sandy ground near the lake. He lies every day on an old foam mattress, he is only ever taken outside on Christmas Day each year. We went in, our eyes adjusting the darkness and our noses to the stench and we talked and prayed with him for just a while. He was so delighted with the company and attention; he wanted just to hold our hand, to have his photo taken, to have a glass of water. As we prayed, his face lit up with the largest smile and the sound of laughter came bursting out. We left to his insistent cries that we must remember him. I just cried as soon as we got back to our rooms.
|Jontwa teaching on Kome Island|
|One girl sharing her testimony with us|
|Taylor making butterflies (new creations) at Under the Same Sun|
Yes, there is so much pain, so much
discrimination, as people created by God are stigmatised, marginalised, cursed.
In recent days with the Canada team we have seen it over and over. Yet we have
also seen that God is good. Those heart-wrenching stories of desertion for the
children with albinism ended in the glorious testimony of God’s grace as He
saved their lives and brought them into family at “Under the Same Sun.” We saw
God’s heart of love for people and I think each of us grew in our desire to see
that love extended. It was exciting to see the young people on the team boldly
demonstrate and show God’s love as they reached out to serve, to give, to pray.
They shared the love and life of God with people as they sat with individuals
and gave the hope of the gospel and had the joy of seeing that gift received!
And this all said, if any of you reading this would like to help the work here, we (and Dr Makori) would be so grateful! Amisadai and Louisa are raising money through their sponsored SODIS Shake and Water Walk and the details are on the page at the top of this blog and also on their website (mongergirlswaterworks.webs.com) Any donation, however small, would be appreciated and we want to especially encourage children to get involved; this is not a large and professional fundraising campaign, but it comes from the heart of two children seeing that children can help too!