We have a beautiful little girl in Amecet, her name is Esther, I wrote about her before, when she was very sick. She picked up a bit, but we are still so much worried about her. She is almost 4 months old and her weight is only 2.8 kg! But she is such a fighter, she can look at you with those beautiful black eyes, as you can see on this picture. The last two days we have been busy with her, we went for an X-ray, the doctor there thought, it was TB, so yesterday we went to the hospital, for the TB drugs. But the doctor in the hospital was not convinced, he took the X-ray to a colleague and they both felt it is a bad pneumonia, so again on special drugs for that by IV line. She is HIV+, so she is so vulnerable. Today she got a visitor: her mother came!!! Her mother lives in the village and is also very weak. I had called her 3 weeks ago, asking her to come and visit her child. She had been sick and she had to money for transport. I told her that I would pay her transport if she could manage to come. She was there the next day!! That was more than 2 weeks ago. I asked her to come again, but she told me today that she had been admitted in the hospital for 2 weeks.. She sat there with her daughter in her arms, singing to her and praying for her, it was really so touching to see. Please pray for Esther and her mother, that they can be united again in the future...... pray for our little Christmas baby, I don't know if you have seen our Amecet Christmas card?? It was baby Esther in that little basket in the middle of the children, as Christmas baby!!
Than we have another child I want to ask you to pray for: Abraham, he is 12 years old. He came in Amecet when he was weak, but he did so well, went to school and was ready to go back to his relatives in the village. But 10 days ago, on Saturday, he collapsed, he was completely out, at first it looked like epilepsy, but some things didn't, he was very restless and in pain, but we couldn't get to him, he didn't react on anything. we got the doctor coming to see him and prescribing medication. the next days it was a bit better, he was not wild anymore, could speak a bit, we went back to the doctor, got another doctor come to Amecet to see him, got a lumbar punction done and then the diagnosis came: a certain meningitis got him, one that is seen more with HIV+ children. We were asked to get medicines and every day he has to go on IV drip for 6 hours, with this medicine. for 2 weeks. after the medicine is in, we have to put on 2 other bottles of fluid to "flash" the medicine. I feel for him, the whole day on IV drip, but he is doing a bit better, when we had our Christmas diner, he was sitting at the table with the IV pump next to him. We need your prayers for Abraham........
In between we had our Christmas diner. We had a nice time, we had great food, there was real working together and there was no stress at all. We started with a meditation about the most beautiful gift we can give Christ for His Birthday: ourself, we can come with empty hands, just how we are. And He will take those hands and fill them, use them and hold them.
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