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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!
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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