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Activity for the week of Sunday, Jan 13


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Goodson from Zambia on Today
Next to Goodson's bed is a painting on the wall which was recently drawn illustrating the Bible story of Noah. Goodson continues to be improving and during the doctor's rounds with Dr. Maweja no concerns were raised. Please pray as we go into the weekend, he improves and that next week he will make more strides in healing!
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Mecah from Zambia on Today
Mecah is back and she is doing fine! Her cast has been removed, the Xray looks good, and we have given a crutches to support her with walking for a couple of months when she is home. She is going back home for the first time after surgery. The last time she was discharged, they stuck around Lusaka at a relative's place. Pray and thank God with us for the progress in her healing, also pray for their safe travel back home!
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Pamela from Kenya on Today
“One…. two… three” we counted all the way up to five with Pamela’s dad. That’s all the different vehicles they’ll need to take before reaching home. And there may even be a motorbike or two on top of that number that they’ll need to take! Their home is probably at least a seven hour trip from here, so as soon as Pamela is free to go hopefully early next week, they’ll embark on their long journey back on public transport. Thankfully, between now and then, our morning sunshine is providing them with joyful rays to soak up, and Pamela’s dad is being so patient and Pamela, so energetic! Please pray for smooth traveling from here on out -- both for Pamela’s healing and their actual road journey back home!
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Joseph from Kenya on Today
We’re graced with the presence of a child development psychologist intern for the next few months and this morning, she took the time to hand out coloring books to our kiddos. Joseph sat coloring away at a Captain America coloring page while he waited to get a healing cast put on his other leg that he’ll wear to help stretch that foot before it gets surgery. It will also be a cast that helps aid in healing his wound. Please pray that everyday, his body will be like Captain America’s -- strong and tough -- and that it’ll heal up in no time!
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Catherine from Kenya on Yesterday
We saw Catherine this week during mobile clinic! She was as jovial as always and had been brought by one of her friends alongside her grandma. Catherine’s apparatus can now be removed and she needs to come to CURE Kenya for the procedure. Please pray for Catherine and her grandma as they plan to travel to our hospital in Kijabe!
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Fati from Niger on Yesterday
This week Fati has been active! Her leg hasn't stopped her from moving around and having fun. Today Fati led the other kids in a song that says, "Jesus loves children". We are happy that she is happy and that she makes other kids happy! The wait for healing is easier when there is joy and that joy is being shared!
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Goodson from Zambia on Yesterday
There was no better way of starting Goodson's day than being handed a home made 'get well soon' card! He is holding on to it like a little treasure! This means a lot to him, we want to thank everyone making efforts to send cards to our CUREkids. Medically, Goodson is stable and the discomfort he was experiencing has reduced, please be praying for him!
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Firdos from Ethiopia on Yesterday
Firdos loves walking and running around outside! She also loves her picture taken and she stopped her running and gave us this beautiful smile!
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Pamela from Kenya on Yesterday
“What I love about Pamela, she’s a girl who’s very social and very open,” Pastor Emmy said. “If she has a need, she’ll tell you!” Pamela spends her days in the playroom when she’s able which gives Emmy time with Pamela. Pamela’s a bit young for deep conversations, but she’s still in an environment where there’s joy and love and Jesus abounding. Please pray that as she spends her last few days here before her wound check and hopeful home-going, she’ll absorb as much of that as she can!
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Joseph from Kenya on Yesterday
We found out from Pastor Emmy at least part of the reason Joseph didn’t go for surgery yesterday - somebody had shared a little bit of cake with him! We love cake around here and think it’s meant for sharing, but on the day of your surgery when you’re not meant to eat a thing, it’s something that must be saved for later! Good thing is, Joseph’s surgery still happened, even if it was today. Because Joseph’s clubfoot is a result of his spina bifida, he will most likely have to wear orthotics the rest of his life lest his nerves cause his clubfoot to return. While this is a bummer, it’s a small price to pay for the ability to walk! Pray for our boy as he heals and learns a new normal!
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Jans from Kenya on Yesterday
We were in theatre when we were surprised to find Jans in recovery! What we thought was yesterday’s procedure was apparently today’s. Thankfully, it’s not a procedure that requires a long stay in hospital. Nope, in fact, Jans came from his procedure, was taken good care of by Sam the nurse in recovery, returned to his bed, ate some grub, and got discharged at some point after! He’ll come back in a couple of weeks and we’ll see how he’s fairing. Please pray that he’ll be fairing very well!
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Lewis from Kenya on 2 days ago
All serious faces aside, today was a good day because Lewis got his last cast off and headed over to the workshop to pick up his new orthotics! We didn’t get the chance to ask about the new baby, but we’re trusting all is well and we’re grateful that Lewis is healing so his family can hopefully spend more time together snuggling their new baby! We’ll catch them in April when they’ll come for a checkup.
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Stephanie from Kenya on 2 days ago
Stephanie’s cast was not behaving very well and it had moved, so back again to the hospital they came this week. She got a new one and now let’s pray that this one will stay perfectly in place until just the right time for it to come off! The good news is that Stephanie and her family got to see their friend Chege -- our social worker and the person who introduced us to Stephanie even before she arrived in the hospital for her surgery. We’ll catch Stephanie again in just a few weeks!
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Jans from Kenya on 2 days ago
“A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.” (Proverb) Balloons can bring joy because they have the potential to light up the faces of the children that receive them, and the children that receive them can bring joy because their lit up faces are in turn shared with others! Jans' joy will hopefully increase even more now that he’s gone to theatre to have his pins removed. If all goes well, he’ll head home today and we’ll catch him again next time. Please pray that his joy won’t be stolen by any momentary pain he might be experiencing!
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Pamela from Kenya on 2 days ago
Sometimes when we see Pamela, she puts her hand out. In Kenya, greeting by high-five and handshake is one of the best ways to greet, so maybe this is just her way of getting prepared or showing us ‘I want you to greet me!’ We greet her and show her photos on our camera. Oh -- and she’s a wiggler. Sometimes trying to take a clear photo of her is something else because she’s always moving! She’s been in our hospital for over a week now and thankfully, she’s back on her way to being sorted with her hand after it was discovered that she’d need more skin grafting. Today she took another trip to theatre and now we’ll wait a few more days to ensure that she’s okay!
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Goodson from Zambia on 2 days ago
The going is still tough for our boy Goodson, he is complaining of some discomfort in day one post-op. He is in bed with legs elevated to avoid swelling, please be praying Goodson's comfort, he needs them!
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Joseph from Kenya on 2 days ago
All day, we kept calling to check on Joseph to see if he’d gone to surgery or not. Again and again, it was a no. Then finally, we called only to find out that he won’t be having surgery today -- probably due to timing of other surgeries that took place today. Originally we’d thought his surgery was to be on Thursday and then discovered this morning that it was on today’s schedule. Turns out it looks like it’ll be on Thursday anyway! When we saw Joseph this morning, he asked for our phone, so he and his mama perused a bit before we had to snag it back. We’re hoping this day of waiting wasn’t too hard for the two of them since Joseph couldn’t eat as he awaited his surgery that turned out not to be today. But it’s okay -- now we have extra time to pray for our friend’s procedure!
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Firdos from Ethiopia on 2 days ago
We found Firdos next to her bed resting after having a walk around the ward, she is having a dressing change every other day and the wound from her operation is healing and showing great progress! Thank you for your faithful prayers for her!
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Goodson from Zambia on 3 days ago
Goodson had his second surgery! When he was away in OT we had a conversation with his uncle Blackwell, we asked him how they were received back home when Goodson was discharged last year and he told us that they were well received! People back at home were happy to see his leg looking straight in a cast. We can just imagine how excited they will be when one day he goes back home with both legs corrected! That day is no longer far because our boy had his second surgery today and he is currently recovering post-op. It might be a rough few days after surgery so please be praying for comfort for Goodson!
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Wondemeneh from Ethiopia on 3 days ago
Wondemeneh is up and about, his wound is healing well and showing good progress! His bone still needs a little more time to heal before he can move on to the second stage of his treatment. We will see how much progress he can make in three months when he returns for his check-up! Please be praying for that progress!
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Pamela from Kenya on 3 days ago
The playroom is a saving grace for our kiddos in more than one way! It’s a place to play, a place of distraction, a place where the gospel is shared. For Pamela, she’s waiting for her new skin graft to happen later in the week, so it’s definitely a place to play and a place of distraction. Please pray that as she experiences both of these in the playroom, she’ll also experience the gospel in a special way!
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Joseph from Kenya on 3 days ago
And there Joseph was, sitting alone on his bed this morning. He melted a bit when we tried asking if he was in pain, so we went and hugged him. You see, Joseph went for his wound cleaning yesterday and now awaits his actual surgery later in the week. We’re not sure if his melting came from his mom being gone or his pain or what, but we hugged him and showed him his photos that we’d taken of him and when mama did come back, she came bearing yogurt and biscuits. Joseph shared his biscuits with us and enjoyed his yogurt while his mama read on our phone the story we’d written about Joseph. Mom and/or snacks revived Joseph and we’re hoping for not too many more tears in the next few days during Joseph’s waiting-for-surgery time.
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Gloria from Niger on Jan 14, 2019
Gloria got a visit today from CURE Board Member Marcia Lanoha. She was also bragging about how it's getting easier and easier to walk and even though she still has the cage on her leg, she can walk further now than she ever could when her legs were bowed!
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Evance from Malawi on Jan 14, 2019
"I'm back in the hospital with my brother Robert! Today I had my casts removed and saw my legs for the first time in a long time. I was suppose to go to theater (the operating room), but the doctors realized I was sick, so I didn't have to go. I think God saved me because He knew I didn't want to go!"
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Joseph from Kenya on Jan 14, 2019
His name is Joseph and he is just fun. Well, not just fun. He’s also silly and smiley and even a tease. We pretended to talk on the phone to him (and tried to get him to respond). He smiled even as we took his before photo (and standing up is hard). We were taking a photo of someone close to his bed and we felt someone poking us (well, we think it was him). He’s a great kid and his healing will be a bit longer than usual due to a wound on his left foot that had to be dealt with, but God-willing, he’ll be healed nonetheless! Please pray for him!
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