This is how I want to remember Joseph!!! Happy, and so eager to go back to school! Everybody loved Joseph, he was social and caring for the little children, playing wit the girls and a good friend to all of them. We mourn him, but we are glad he is not suffering anymore! It is a comfort that he is now with the Father, no more pain, no more convulsions, no more NG tube and no more injections.
I was called at 3 am. and he had just died, together with the Dutch nurses we washed him and we were surprised how peaceful he looked. It is now almost 5 am. I can't sleep anymore, so many emotions are going through my mind. I have deep respect for Marianne and Petra, the Dutch nurses, who cared mostly for him with such a respect and love. It is a big loss to all of us and I am praying for the children who I have to tell this news in a couple of hours. Helen's drawings are hanging above his bed, she came often in the room to talk to him. Joseph was unconscious for the last 2 weeks, but when she heard that he might hear her, she came to talk to him. She told me that when she sees him like that, she has to cry. I told her that I felt the same and that it is okay to cry.
Thank you for all who have prayed for Joseph and for standing with us in this difficult time, please pray for us today when we have to bring him back to his village and pray for our children in Amecet.
Veel sterkte toegewenst nu Joseph naar de hemel is gegaan, maar dat ook heel moeilijk voelt. I'm praying for you all. En dat je met iedereen daar voor zoveel kinderen iets moois mag blijven betekenen.