Monday, August 13, 2012

pray for this sweet baby!

A woman came to find me the other week and said, "Ba Bethany, I have something to show you." I was not prepared for what I would see next as she began to undress her baby and reveal two tiny little legs wrapped in thick white casts. I could see no feet and my first thought was, "Oh Lord does this baby just have stubs?" Tears started to come to my eyes as I imagined Bronwyn's perfect frame.  I soon came to find out that this two week old child, Beatrice, was born with clubbed feet and had been put in casts to straighten her feet out. We talked about what she needed and decided on a plan to take her into the hospital once per week to see the Orthopedist who just came to Mansa. (I actually met this man - he is Zambia, in his 60's and has worked in Germany and New York. Before he came, there were no options for a child born with any kind of physical deformity.)
Our first trip into the hospital with Beatrice and her mother was sad. =( She cried so hard as the doctors pulled on her feet to put them where they wanted them and then apply the casts. Newborn baby cries are so heart wrenching. I asked Bana Beatrice if I could take her baby's picture to ask friends in America to pray for her baby. She was very glad to receive the prayer.

Its hard for me to understand why some are blessed with perfect health and others must path through such great trials. All I can think to say to myself and others are the words of john 9:3:
"but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life."

May it be so, Lord. May it be so. 

1 comment:

  1. Bethany: my first daughter had a club foot and was casted (1970s) then had a "backwards shoe" for about a year with end result... great foot. Can't promise same results but it worked for her. Miss you.... cherrie