Friday – January 20, 2012
The day started early with Nyawa, Annie, Mickey and me taking care of some orphanage paperwork with the Zambian Department of Social Welfare and Child Services. All is going smoothly with that and we have just one more step to complete this registration process for the Agape Village Orphanage.
Mrs. Namonje, at Child Services, was able to give us a recent update on Osward, the disabled child who was being so severely neglected in Chitambo. He is currently at the home of an uncle after spending a month at Cheshire House in Lusaka where he was treated for severe malnutrition. Osward was so malnourished when he arrived at Cheshire House that he had to be transfused before enough blood could even be drawn from him for testing. He will be returned to Lusaka soon for surgery and will then be fitted for an “auxiliary” leg. We hope to visit with Osward tomorrow.
Many trips ago we met a young man named Philip who weaves baskets out of dried palm bark and palm fronds and sells them by the side of the Great North Road. We talked to him about making hanging light shades for the orphanage dining hall. Today he presented us with the first one and we were so pleased that we asked him to make 8 more which we will pick up by the side of the road next week.
As we travel back and forth each day to the orphanage it gives us time to reflect on what we see and witness here in Africa. Along the highway you see many poor children and adults trying to survive by selling mushrooms, mice and lots of other things that come from the bush land. How can so many people be so poor for so long and how can we not help if we are able. Is God watching us as we pass by the poor, the sick, the hungry, the thirsty, the naked and the lonely?
Matthew 25: 42-45 . . .
Mickey and Jackie