Gertrude has made it to CURE Children’s Hospital of Zambia! “I can’t wait for her to go to O.R.,” Reuben smiled while sharing. Gertrude has bilateral clubfoot, and a local hospital referred her here to get her feet straightened out. God, through this hospital, has led Gertrude here, and we are excited to see her step into her future! You can join this journey by praying for her and sending encouraging get-well messages!
"I salute you!" Abel greets Parfait, one of our CURE Niger security guards. Abel is fascinated by people in uniform, like soldiers, police officers, and security guards. "They look strong and powerful!" he exclaimed. While waiting for his surgery, he spends plenty of time with Halirou, another CURE Niger patient. "We eat, pray, and play together the whole day!" he told us. We teased him, saying, "That's all? No learning new things, helping others around you?" He paused for a second and then brilliantly replied, "We helped someone by giving him directions on where to buy rice. And for physical therapy, you have to show us what to do!" We all laughed and ended our chat with a prayer. Thank you for how you love him and your encouraging, get-well messages!
"A kid ran into me while I entered the room, and I fell. It hurt me badly!" Farida recalls. As you can see, her leg is in a cast. What you can't see is that she will also be scheduled for surgery. In the collision and resulting fall, one of the rods in her leg broke. It needs to be removed and replaced with a new one. "Did you tell the kid that he hurt you?" we asked her. "No, I did not say anything to him. I just fell and cried, but I didn't yell at him!" Farida told us. She can handle a lot of pain inside her without letting you know. Since she came to CURE Niger, Farida has learned to be vulnerable. It was not an easy process, but she saw the benefits of it. She got emotional help, understanding, and comfort, which made it easier for her to go through the physical healing. Farida found strength by trusting Jesus, the CURE Niger staff, and you through your continuous support shown in so many ways! She got "back on her feet" and is ready to do her part. Please continue to carry Farida in your prayers as she continues her healing journey.
"I am learning how to knit socks. I will make one pair for Alina (from the CURE Niger Communications Department) as soon as I finish this skirt!" Inaya told us when we visited her. Sara, our colleague from the spiritual team, is teaching Inaya new skills. "I learned many things here at CURE Niger. Knitting is one of those, and I will gladly do it for the rest of my life. I like to do it, and it can be a nice gift for someone," she shared. It is not easy for Inaya to knit since she can't bend one of her arms. The effort she puts into it is considerable. Knitting for hours with arms always stretched for the joy of making a gift for someone speaks to her great heart and character. Thank you for your lovely get-well messages! Keep showering Inaya with your love!
"I forgave one of the mothers here at the guesthouse!" said Safaatou when asked what she learned at her first discipleship meeting. She and some other CURE Niger patients are attending a discipleship program that just started, and the first lesson was about repentance and forgiveness. They were asked to draw a person they needed to forgive, and Safaatou remembered a lady teasing her for being a Christian. "I want to forgive her because Jesus said so, and I am ok with that. I have nothing against her." It is a precious lesson Safaatou learned and willingly put into practice though it is not easy for us to forgive the ones who wronged us. "I am ok with her," she said. Having the cast on her arm doesn't stop Safaatou from knitting. She proudly showed us the piece of clothing she had knit for the first time. Please send Safaatou some encouraging words and share some from your experiences about forgiving others.