Love Changes Everything: Meet Gabriel

Gabriel is a returning patient that has come to CURE Kenya for multiple surgeries. He was named after the angel Gabriel who came to proclaim Jesus’ birth. “Gabriel is like a testimony for me,” Esther said. Born a few weeks premature, Gabriel was born with a whole lot of struggles. He spent the first months of his life in the hospital and almost a year wearing a nasogastric (NG) tube in his nose for feeding. He was going to have a feeding tube placed, but Esther told us, “I prayed, I prayed, I prayed!” Then one day, Gabriel took the NG tube out himself! Thankfully, after a visit to the doctor, they started feeding Gabriel without the NG tube, and over time, things got easier.

Gabriel has various health struggles involving his eyes, his speech, his spine, and his feet. “I used to hide him. I was so scared,” Esther told us. This is a common reaction for mothers in Niger whose children have significant health struggles. But thankfully, Esther fought for her son. “My wish is for Gabriel to get well!” She made sure he had speech therapy, physical therapy, and also had serial casting for his clubfeet. They trusted in God to provide and he has done just that. Gabriel’s parents are astonished that they have been able to afford the medical care that Gabriel has received and believe that God has provided the way.

“I wish all the best for his legs,” Esther told us. Now, Esther’s wish is coming true. After months of casting and waiting, Gabriel arrived at CURE for his surgery to correct his clubfeet, along with casting for his spine.

“Gabriel is a marvelous boy,” Steve, Gabriel’s dad, told us. “I love this boy despite the difficulties, which are part of being human,” he said of Gabriel’s health challenges. His parents have fought for their son and made it through a lot. “Also he’s a very bright boy,” Steve said. Although there are challenges, Steve has seen positive changes. “I’m telling you God is great! I’m seeing a lot of improvement,” he rejoiced. 

Gabriel’s improvements haven’t happened overnight. But, because of the love and care shown to him, along with the prayers of his mother and father, changes are happening. All glory to God!

Gabriel salutes the security guard as he leaves the hospital with his dad.


Photo of the Naphtali Foster

About the Author:

Naphtali spends her days photographing children, making them giggle, and writing all about it. She serves as the CURE Storyteller in Kenya. This job is basically a dream to her. In 2015, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Luther Rice University. She’s worked as a nanny, owned her own photography business, and even worked at a bank as a universal associate—whatever that means! She was born and raised in Idaho, but she would enjoy living by the sea someday. Writing settles her, and she can hardly go a day without seeing people—she loves them! She’s learning to give it all to Jesus first and has made it her life goal to bring Him glory. She has an adventurous spirit, and she’s spent time around East Africa and has also toured Europe. She feels that Kenya is a wildly beautiful place filled with some of the most wonderful people in the world and is beyond blessed that God has brought her here.

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