Thursday, August 8, 2013

Moto and Watoto

Fire (moto) and children (watoto).....like oil and water, they don't mix.  Every day, I hear the cries of the children who have been burned as they get their dressings changed.  I go in and hold their little hands, talk softly to them and silently pray for God to take away their pain and fear.

This is "Traines" and her mother.  During the dry season, many grass fires are started and many children find themselves to close.  Their clothing catches on fire and then the little ones are burned.  Traines has 3rd degree burns to her body, right arm and left leg.  She is 4 years old and just a sweet as she can be. 

This is 3 year old Akishel.  I haven't quite figured his burns out.  I was told he was burned in a rubbish bin fire.  I didn't want to show you the burns because they are so bad, so I took the picture after we had put the silvadene and dressings on.  I would tell Akishel "pole sana" which means "very sorry" and he would tell me "asante" (thank you) as the big alligator tears gathered in his eyes.

 

Swaiba is 4 years old.  She, too, got to close to a grass fire and her clothing caught on fire.  And below is 3 year old Kenneth.  He is my special friend.

Again, Ken was caught in a grass fire.  And he cries big alligator tears too!

Unfortunately, these are not the only burn victims we have had recently.  They are the ones we have this week.  The dry season is also the cold season here.  The temperatures get down to the low to mid 40's.  Doesn't sound too cold for those of us who live in the US, but for people with no coats, no heat and who live in mud huts....it is cold.  Many heat water over a fire for bathing during this time.  We have had several children who were burned on their feet, legs and bottom due to being placed in too hot of water!

These are God's children, my brothers and sisters....your brothers and sisters.  Chimala Mission Hospital is the only hospital within an hours drive in any direction.  (And that is if the people have a way to drive.....most walk!)  Please help me to stay here to show these little ones God's Love.  Support the hospital as we strive to provide above standard care for this area at a cost which they can afford.  Pray for the mission....pray for the staff....pray for the children and all the patients.....pray for God's blessings and mercy.

I encourage each of us to read and meditate on the Word of God as written in the book of James.  Here is write only the words from James 5:14-15a

" (14) Is any one of you sick?  He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. (15a) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well;