We recently had the chance to visit Esayas, who had surgery at CURE Ethiopia, and his family. It was an incredible day.
After losing both of his parents, there was no one to help Bater, Esayas’ father, continue his education, so he began to work. He now farms and has nine children. His family lives in a remote village in southwest Ethiopia. Supporting their large family was proving to be difficult so three of the girls and the oldest son were sent to live with family members far away. Berecha, the oldest boy, comes home on weekends to help his father farm and provide for their family.
Esayas, the youngest of Bater’s five boys, was born with a small tumor on his foot. This tumor grew and soon he had tumors on both feet. Around the age of one, when any other child would attempt to walk, Esayas couldn’t lift the weight of his extremely enlarged feet.
CBR, a local organization that helps children get connected to places of healing, told the family about CURE Ethiopia. After a successful surgery, Esayas began walking when he was about a year and a half old. Today, because of the grace of God, I saw him happily stomping through his home as a child his age should.
The warm smile as Bater says “drink my coffee” with the little English he knows puts a larger smile on everyone’s face in the small hut. I witnessed Jesus’ love today while I spent time, laughed, and caught up with Esayas and his family. What a blessing it is to walk!