In 2011, a brave little boy named Gift came through the doors of CURE Malawi to have surgery for a dislocated hip. Last year, Gift came back to visit, and we are so excited to share with you what has happened to him since then! At about the same time, Carla Reimer and her daughter, Lauren, volunteered for a day at the hospital—much like they did years ago when Gift had his operation. That’s how their story begins.
“My daughter Chloe came here in 2011 with Serving in Mission (SIM). She worked here for six weeks with Beit CURE Hospital, some schools, and Joseph Khondowe’s organization, Child Evangelism Fellowship. The last week she was here, I came to visit her, and we [went] to [CURE] for a day, and we were with the children. Gift approached us because he spoke English, and he asked if I can take him back to Canada so he could study and go to school! Of course, I was enamored and would have loved to take him, but, of course, that was impossible. So, I asked Joseph what I could do to help him. He said, ‘Well, if you want to, you can send money through my organization, and we can arrange to get the money to Gift. So, I sent him to a private school for the rest of his education. Now, I’m also paying for his degree in accounting. He’s been in accounting three years and is graduating next year! We’re hoping to be here when he graduates.”
“I haven’t seen him in six years, but we’ve communicated over Facebook. He doesn’t have a phone but borrows his friend’s from time to time, and then we can communicate. So, I told him we were going to come, but I didn’t say exactly when, and Joseph surprised him,” said Carla. “It was wonderful, and I wanted to bring him back to CURE [to visit and see kids like him].”
We love hearing stories like this and we are so glad to hear what God is doing through all the volunteer and missions organizations that work in our region. We see how he uses all the organizations together to heal and encourage kids like Gift!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28