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"When I get healed I would like to venture into business," says Nkandu.
Nkandu is the second born in a family of ten. He comes from the northern part of Zambia. He was in school but dropped out in grade seven due to lack of school fees, as t… Read more
"When I get healed I would like to venture into business," says Nkandu.
Nkandu is the second born in a family of ten. He comes from the northern part of Zambia. He was in school but dropped out in grade seven due to lack of school fees, as the person who was paying for him became sick and couldn't pay anymore. Nkandu is unable to do most of the productive works back home, because in his village the most practiced economic activities by boys and men is fishing and he can't stand in a boat due to lack of balance as a result of his condition.
He got to know about CURE through a local advocate who searches for disabled children in villages and brings them to CURE for treatment. The advocate found out about CURE through a local newspaper in 2008 when he saw a success story of a cleft lip patient who received healing after undergoing surgery at CURE Zambia. Please join us in praying for Nkandu's healing!
Nkandu has left! Transport arrangements were made and Nkandu went home last week. He returns home different than when he came - with a brand new pair shoes on both his feet! All this wouldn't have been possible without your prayers and support, thank you for your participation in touching and changing Nkandu's life!
Nkandu read the Bible during ward devotions today! Our spiritual department distributes Bibles in different local languages because they are easier to read and Nkandu was reading from one of the Bibles in his language!
When Nkandu saw us coming with the camera he started making his cool dude poses and loved the photos after we showed him! He is still around for observation and we should be hearing what the doctor will say tomorrow about his way forward during the ward round! We will let you know - in the meantime, please continue praying for our cool dude!
Nkandu is still here for further observation! Meanwhile, this has given him more time to benefit from the different resource materials in our playroom, we found him attentively reading the Bible today!
Nkandu finally got a chance to put shoes on both feet today! The small wound which he had on the left foot has healed and for the first time, was proud to wear both shoes! It has indeed been a long journey and when we look at the results, it's been worth it. Nkandu's life has been transformed completely and healing has brought him an opportunity to have a future with limitless possibilities. We really thank you for being a part of Nkandu's story of good news!
"I am feeling good, just a small potion of the wound is remaining," Nkandu told us. His prolonged stay with us is enabling him to make more friends not only with the kids around, but also with some of the parents who have kids in the ward! Please be praying for his small wound to completely heal this weekend!
Nkandu was having a chat with a our Spiritual Director, Pastor Harold today! His wound is healing up very well, this might be the last week we are spending with him. We are thankful that while he is here, he is receiving spiritual counseling, prayer, and the opportunity to learn to read from the playroom, kindly be praying for the healing of his wound!
Nkandu was praying with the parents and guardians when Pastor Lubasi was leading our daily ward devotion! We sang songs of praise to God, some parents shared their testimonies on the healing progress of their children and we spent some time in prayer with a focus on praying for the healing of the kids! Hope, prayer, and encouragement is an important part of healing!
Else was sharing with us how Nkandu is interested in wanting to know how to read fluently! We found him in the playroom returning the book he had earlier picked out to get another one after he finished reading it. The scheduled trip back home has been postponed, the doctor said he wants to observe a small wound on his left foot for a week until it's completely healed before we can let him go. This slight delay gives him more reading time from our wide stock of kids books in our playroom!
Nkandu is still admiring his new shoes! He has been exercising by walking around without his crutches in the ward and he is already making progress. He is likely to leave for home this weekend, please keep on praying for his healing and a safe journey back to his family on healed feet!
Celebrating success together! Both Nkandu and John had clubfoot and today was the first time both of them were putting on shoes! Nkandu was very excited to walk with a shoe. His left foot has a small wound which is still healing up, so please pray for the wound to heal quickly for our boy so he can have the joy of walking with shoes on BOTH feet!
All what Nkandu's needs now are shoes! We are making arrangements to buy him a pair right now! What will remain is for him to be walking on his feet until he gets used to it. It's a great milestone to witness Nkandu's progress to the point that he is able to be putting on shoes, this wouldn't have been possible without your prayers and support, thank you!
The kids in our playroom today were watching the Bible story of Noah and Nkandu was assisting Else with the translation and making the kids understand the narration part of the visual story! His physical therapy continues and although he is still walking with crutches, he will soon need to stop using them in order to be properly exercising his foot when walking.
The cast that Nkandu went with home was removed at our mobile clinic which was held in a place near were he he stays by our team who were having a series of mobile clinics in the Luapula province. After the review, he was told to come back to CURE Zambia because his leg is slightly bent. Our team offered him a lift on their way back. He has been today seen by the surgeon and the plan is physiotherapy. He has to start putting on shoes and his leg will get better and stronger eventually. Please keep praying for Nakandu's healing!
Nkandu has gone home! He has been discharged and he will be back for his next follow up appointment after a few months. We found him with Saviour as they were waiting for transport. Pray for their safe travel back home!
Nkandu keeps on sharing how hopeful he is about his healing and how he's looking forward to the completion of the entire process! The waiting at the hospital gives him an opportunity to interact with other people and make new friends. Be praying for the complete healing of Nkandu!
Nkandu has come back! His cast has been removed but he still needs another cast which will probably be put on tomorrow. He won't stay in the hospital for a long period because our wards are full, we have a visiting team of plastic specialists from the USA carrying out plastic surgeries, they come through once a year!
Nkandu is finally going back home after another successful trip to the hospital! It's good to see that his foot is healing up well. He will be back in the next couple of weeks. We thank you for your prayers, kindly pray for a safe journey back home!
Nkandu joined the rest of the parents and guardians during the daily ward devotion led by Pastor Lubasi where they prayed and sang praise songs. We found him attentively listening to the Word as it was being preached! You can join in praying for Nkandu!
Nkandu was playing with Isaiah today! Isaiah had his casts put on yesterday and for our little ones, the casts are uncomfortable the first few days causing some tears until they get used to them. So Isaiah has been troubling his mother until Nkandu got him to his bed and distracted hime from the pain by playing a game with him! He was enjoying Nkandu's company so much that his tears dried up! Isaiah likes to be photographed and the moment he saw us pointing the camera at the them, he stopped what he was doing started posing for the camera. Please pray for a smooth recovery for both boys!
Nkandu is not complaining of any pain after his dressing change so far! He is in bed watching TV in the ward today. He would have spent some time in the playroom but the walls in there are being painted so it's not open to our kids today. Please keep Nkandu in your prayers for a good restful day for him!
Nkandu's sister came to see him and he was very happy today! They last saw each other about three years ago, we're thankful that his being in Lusaka for treatment has enabled their reunion! We found him in the corridors on his way back from escorting her to the door when she left.
Today has continued to be a tough day for Nkandu! The top portion of his cast was cut to loosen it and reduce it's impact on the leg and this has relieved him, he was even able to make some movements. He was talking about his sister coming to visit him, they recently made contact, he knew she lived in Lusaka but she hasn't been able to see him because of communication issues, but last week they talked on the phone and she promised that she will come soon! Nkandu is excited about this. Please continue praying for Nkandu!
Nkandu has been complaining of some pain on his leg and efforts have been made to address that. He has been given pain killers and is under observation to see how he will respond. Please be praying for his relief!
Nkandu had a dressing change today! The manipulation to reinforce the leg and the cast has caused some discomfort to him though. Please join us in praying for him to be more comfortable and have a peaceful day and night!
"I am looking forward to another cast change," said Nkandu. He knows that cast changes mean that he is drawing closer to healing. In the meantime, he was making salvation bracelets which is part of the many gifts a visiting family from the UK has brought for the kids. Please be praying that Nkandu has patience as he goes through this healing journey!
Nkandu was putting together a jigsaw puzzle today! He had a dressing for his cast which was a very quick procedure, he did not even complain of any pain afterwards. He is likely to have another dressing change next week, please continue to pray for strength and patience for Nkandu!
"I may be feeling some discomfort now as I am going through the healing of this, but the results will be nice," said Nkandu excitedly as he was showing us how the slipper perfectly fits on his foot which had surgery earlier!
"When I went back home with crutches after my first operation people mocked me saying that I made a bad decision to come for treatment. They were saying my leg has been destroyed because it has been cut and the veins have been tampered with. These sentiments did not affect me very much because I witnessed some testimonies during the time I was in hospital, seeing people who had similar conditions now walking and members of staff and parents use to encourage me. When I went back after my previous review, all those were mocking me were ashamed because of my healed leg" shares Nkandu when we went to visit him. Nkandu remains determined so see both his leg to be healed. Continue praying for him for his dream to come to a reality soon!
The weekend was not very pleasant for Nkandu. His leg which was operated on was slightly swollen so they had to cut the upper part of the cast to create some room for the foot. This eased his pain along with some other pain management techniques which have proved to be yielding results. As such, Nkandu says last night he slept peacefully. He continues pushing through the day and please remember to put Nkandu in your prayers!
Nkandu had surgery on his left foot on Friday! The surgery was a success and he is now in recovery. He still has some cast changes coming up post-op so please be with him in prayer during his healing journey!
In this photo we have Obert, Masautso and Nkandu, what they have have in common is that they all have a same condition on left leg that needs healing. The exciting thing is that they are in a place were they will get that much needed healing! They were all booked for surgery today but Nkandu's operation has been rescheduled to tomorrow. We're thankful that healing will happen in community for these boys!
Nkunda is back and his foot which was operated on earlier is looking good, he is walking on it without support of a walking aid. He was in the playroom solving a puzzle with Obert and Christina who is part of the team from HOPE 587 who are visiting and working with us for a week. Luckily, Nkandu is due for surgery on his other leg and he is likely to have it tomorrow, pray for a successful surgery tomorrow!
It's show time! Nkunda proudly showed off his right leg which is now free of clubfoot! Dr Moyo said that when he goes back home, he needs walk on the newly healed foot to strengthen it for a couple of weeks. After that, it will be the appropriate time to do another operation on the left foot. With your continued prayers and support, Nkandu's right foot is clubfoot free and we will be moving to left leg soon, so we want to say thank you for your support towards Nkandu!
Else, our Playroom Volunteer is helping Nkandu solve some mathematics problems! He truly enjoys being with books, so much so, that he moves around with them. Wherever he goes, the books go to! We are still waiting for the way forward on what is next for him but the foot that he had surgery on previously looks really good. Thank you for your prayers and support for Nkandu, please continue as we expect that he will soon have surgery on his other foot!
He is back and guess what was at the top of his to-do list at the hospital? It was of course going to the playroom where he quickly grabbed a book started to read - his favorite thing to do at CURE Zambia! The playroom ministry has played an impactful role in Nkandu's healing journey, it has ignited the desire in him of wanting to learn more! He will see the doctor tomorrow and that is when we will know what's next for him, we will keep you posted!
Nkandu loves reading! We saw him reading on his bed with the aid of Else. He looked to be enjoying this exercise but unfortunately this was his last read here as he has been discharged to go home! He will come back for review in the next couple of months to make sure his right foot is healing correctly. After that heals, his left foot will be worked on. We are happy that he will carry on with his reading lessons - Else has been given him some books to go home with, we hope he continues reading at home as you continue praying for him!
Nkandu is back! He came in for his check up late afternoon yesterday. He was in high spirits and very happy that his leg is healing properly. He narrated to us how people back home in the village were surprised to see his leg in a straight position in the cast. "People couldn't believe seeing my leg in this position, now I am determined to see the other leg worked on,'' Nkandu proudly said. He had a quick cast change in the operating theatre and later in the day joined Pastor Lubasi with the rest our mothers in the ward for the daily ward devotion were they sung praises to God. Pastor Lubasi preached on the importance of knowing God and they spent time in prayer. Nkandu also added, "I am thankful to God for what He is doing in my life."
The last story read for Nkandu! Despite it being his last day with us here, it wasn't short of fun! He is going home and will be back next month for his next appointment. He was practicing his reading with the help of Else, the wife to our executive director. We hope he will continue practicing at home. We are confident that people back home will be surprised at the progress he's made, especially when they notice his beautifully decorated cast thanks to the team from Woodmen Valley Chapel who have been showing lots of love to our our kids! It's quite distant from here to were he lives, kindly pray for his travels back home and we appreciate your support of the kids we serve here at CURE!
Two major activities characterized Nkandu's day - having fun and the operating room! We saw him playing and interacting with our visitors from Woodmen Valley Chapel Colorado Springs, Colorado with our other kids which was a good distraction for him, because he was on the waiting list of those going to the operating room. His cast has been changed andthe procedure didn't consume too much time, it was a quick one! Please remember him in your prayers!
Nkandu is happy to hear that he getting discharged this week! He will be going for a quick cast change tomorrow and after that he will be discharged any day this week. We caught up with him when he was watching the other kids play on the playground. Your never ending support and prayers towards him is greatly appreciated!
Nkandu appeared at our desk to ask if they were any messages and prayers from you! We happily read him your prayers and messages of encouragement, and after we finished reading he said, "I feel God's love through these messages, they give me hope that I will be healed and I'm seeing it happening!"
Nkandu spent most of the day in bed! He is required to keep his leg suspended to avoid swelling, therefore he has to stay in bed most of the time. We noticed that this did not deter him from his continued pursuit of grasping the meaning and pronunciations of words he was trying to read though! His enthusiasm for learning is impressive, Just like your prayers for him have been impressive!
Our young man Nkandu continues to enjoy his good recovery journey! When he saw us checking through his file, he asked us anxiously, whether the doctors during the morning ward round had indicated when he will be discharged. We were happy to hear him ask such a question because it's an indication that he is doing much better, so much so that he feels there is no need of continuing to stay in the hospital! Please continue praying for him and thanking God for his recovery!
New week - New cast! Nkandu had a quick dressing change of his cast today, we are happy to tell you that he continues showing signs of improvement as the days pass by. Therefore we are very thankful for your support, prayers and words of encouragement you keep on sending to him!
Another day another book! Nkandu has found his favorite room here and it's the playroom! Today we found him taking a crack at some math problems, this was after the doctors indicated that he would be going for a cast change next week. We have a long weekend starting tomorrow because of public holidays for Mother's Day on Thursday and on Friday which has been declared a public holiday by our president as a day of reflection and Youth Day will be on Monday, March 12. Please continue praying for Nkandu, that God would continue to heal and comfort him so he can enjoy his youth to its fullness!
We visited the playroom today to have fun with kids only to discover Nkandu was having a more serious type of fun - he was glued to the book Children of God! The moment we walked in, he asked us to help him with the pronunciation of the words "way" and "truth" as he shouted the letters in those words to us from John 14:6. We were excited to see him reading the Word of God, as he is recovering from his surgery! Continue to pray for him and also thank God for the speedy recovery he is experiencing!
Nkandu has regained his smile again! We caught him giving us a thumbs up "I am fine" sign! His recovery is on course and he is experiencing little to no pain now, we are thankful. "These past two days it hasn't been paining. It just pained a bit last night, but when I was given pain killers, the pain vanished and I had a peaceful night," reports Nkandu. We were amazed to see the happiness on his face when we read your messages and prayers you have been sending to him! He is very thankful for this kind gesture and what is giving him hope and comfort is knowing that there are people out there praying and wishing him well! We are delighted in what God is doing in Nkandu's life and you are part of that, please continue standing strong for him in prayers!
Nkandu is a strong boy! He has found composure despite having surgery yesterday. "I woke up a few times because of the pain, but I'm feeling much better now," shared Nkandu. Please stand strong with Nkandu as you continue praying for him and his recovery over the weekend!
Nkandu had his first surgery today! It was a successful surgery too! Nkandu's right leg was worked on where a bone had to be removed in order for his foot to be straightened and then a cast was applied. We encourage you to pray for him so that he recovers quickly and the wound heals fast!
It seems Nkandu has a new discovery in the hospital that he has become obsessed with! Most of the day we saw him with papers, crayons, pencils and pens. When he is not solving some simple math problems on papers, he is painting Bible characters shown on the coloring sheets. We are excited to see him blend in smoothly and eventually find activities to keep him busy! His first surgery is scheduled for tomorrow and we will keep you updated. Kindly continue praying for him!
Even though Nkandu was scheduled for surgery today, he didn't make it in due to an emergency which came in at the theatre. He is likely to go for surgery on Thursday, and we will keep you posted! Please be praying for him in the meantime.
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