Margaret shares a story of the way God used a visitor to intersect and detour the life of a family in an amazing and wonderful way!
Mary was one of our summer visitors. A highlight of her trip was to visit her sponsored child, Francis. Mary was all smiles for sure when she met Francis and he kept grinning as well. We first visited the home of Francis’s uncle, where we learned that the child goes back and forth between 2 homes. We decided to change our afternoon plans and also go visit Francis’s other home with his grandmother. At the grandmother’s compound, John (another member of the visiting group) was curious about other homes on the compound and did some walking around. At one home he noticed a baby that had something terribly wrong. After checking out the child and talking to the mother, Davis learned that the child had been seriously burned about 10 days earlier. Davis immediately said, “Margaret, we need to change our plans for tomorrow. We need to take this baby to the hospital.” Sometimes I think I have seen everything in the village and then there is something more distressing. I had the feeling that this mother was holding her infant child, just waiting for the child to die.
The next day, we took the mother, dad, and baby to see a doctor in Eldoret that we trust, Dr. Koesch. The baby cried most of the trip and so did I. We waited for hours to see the doctor. When he was finally able to examine the baby, I thought he was going to cry as well. This is a city doctor and there is such a gap in healthcare between the city and our village. After examining the baby, Dr. Koesch looked out the window for a while trying to decide what he should do. Finally he turned to me and said, “This child has been covered with herbs that are not sterilized. The child will get a terrible infection if this is not cleaned off and proper medication given. It will be very painful to clean the child. She must be hospitalized.” Even now as I am writing to you, I have tears thinking back on this moment. I said to him, “Dr. Koesch, we are prepared to do whatever you think is necessary to save this child.” We agreed to put the child, Tamara, in the private hospital in Eldoret. Davis and I took the little family to the private hospital and left them there for the night.
The next day we sent Pastor Joseph to pay the hospital bill and bring them home. He learned how to take care of the baby, helped teach the mother, and agreed to keep a close watch on the situation over the coming weeks. Pastor Joseph spent quite a bit of time with the baby’s mother Faith, and during this time learned that Faith had graduated from high school with a fairly good grade—AND she dreamed of becoming a teacher.
Oh my, when Pastor Joseph told me this I was astounded. We believed that God had detoured us from our original plans so that we could learn about baby Tamara and help the family get proper care for her, and now it looked like there was more to the story! This is where my friend Lois comes into the picture. She had visited us in the village earlier in the summer. Before leaving, Lois felt called to “help two women have a chance to change their lives,” and provided funds to send two women to Heritage College to become teachers. When I learned about Faith’s dream to become a teacher, I immediately remembered Lois’s words and gift. We were able to tell Faith that we had a place for her in Heritage College and that someone had paid for her training. Can you imagine the smile on her face, the joy in her heart? First of all, her baby Tamara would live and not die as she had thought, and now even another miracle might happen in her life—her dream of becoming a teacher could become a reality. We had a heart-to-heart, head on talk with Anthony, her husband. He and the family on the compound agreed that they fully supported Faith to go to college for this two- year commitment.
What has been done for this family will change their lives forever. FOREVER!! They are a testimony in the village and many are watching. Yes, one life, one family at a time. We aren’t changing the world, but through God’s grace and wisdom, through His
guidance and love, we are seeing lives change.
They are a testimony. You are a testimony because
of your giving!
May God be glorified in all these things!