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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
November 19, 2008 2:09 pm
Published in: Uncategorized

A family in Nolpilipili has been struggling for nearly 4 weeks to send a mother and child to Kijabe to have the infant’s (he’s 3 months old) hydroencephalitis treated.  We were able to get them on the airplane today coming down to Nairobi, and stopped in Kijabe on the way.  Also on the plane were a lady from Gatab who’d fallen from a tree and torn her leg open.  The nurses at the Gatab clinic were able to save her life, but not her foot.  She’s getting her leg amputated below the knee.  We also had a doctor up visiting, part of a medical team over to do cleft palate corrections, his 13 year old daughter and her best friend.

Just south of Maralal (about the halfway point) the daughter comes on the intercom, “Dad, I think something’s wrong, the lady’s crying.”  We all look back.  Tears are streaming down her face.   I asked the doctor if there’s anything he can do if we land.  He  shakes his head, so we continue to Kijabe.  The ambulance is waiting there for us, and the nurse with the ambulance quickly confirms what we’d feared, “The child is not with us.”

How does one answer this?  God is good.  God is in control.  How then tragedy like this?  It’s easy to say the book of Job has the answers, which it does, but as a missionary how do I comfort this family?

One Response to “Tears”

  1. Mom Says:

    I wonder if getting the baby there when you first tried would have made a difference. My heart aches for them. Life is incredibly hard for these people. I guess since they know nothing else, they don’t realize just how hard it is.

    Thank you for sharing the people in all these places with me.

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