Imagine with me for a minute that you are born with 2 clubbed feet. You live in a country where surgery isn't possible or it is unattainable for your family. So you adapt and learn to walk on your clubbed feet and you do pretty well, you can even carry 20 liters of water on your head and you walk most every place you go. As you grow up you are laughed at, unable to play sports and struggle to do normal things. Now imagine being a mom and having a son with the same condition. You've been through this, you know how hard it is emotionally and physically, yet while surgery is possible for your son it is unattainable. Can you imagine the weight you would carry? Please whatever you do don't start with the "I would do whatever it took"...I used to think that too, but this is poverty. This is a poverty that most reading this can't even begin to understand. This isn't a couple of tight months, this isn't needing help to get back on your feet this is consistently living on less than $40 a month and not having anyone to help you. The government isn't swooping in with help, your extended family likely lives on less, there is no help. Poverty didn't even allow this family to ask how much, they were told that surgery "cost a lot of money" so they moved on. 💔 They knew they would never have a lot of money or have access to a lot of money so they just stopped. Now at 3 years old little Kelly hobbles around, but without surgery we all know he'll never run or play football like the other kids.
The other little boy (Ezekiel) in the picture has one clubbed foot and while his parents don't also have clubbed feet his situation is very much the same. Lives in poverty and the family never even asked how much surgery was once they were told it was expensive.
But God! God has a different plan for both of these boys. God connected Jeff to another missionary in Kenya awhile back. Ben Gardner works with Dreamland Mission Hospital which is about an hour from us and they preform the surgery these 2 boys need! Today we were able to make arrangements to get them evaluated for surgery and everything went well. We are awaiting on a surgery date, but it should be sometime in September! Dreamland is doing some amazing, life-changing work here in Kenya and it is a blessing to get to work alongside them in what God has called us to do.
As you go throughout your day today praise God for Dreamland, for the way He is connecting people to do His work, that you can't imagine being in this situation and that these 2 boys are getting help. I'm just SO crazy excited for them and for what this means for their life. Oh and praise God for your support because without it we would have never met these 2 precious boys. Kelly (on the left) we met through the jigger treatment clinic y'all sponsored in a nearby village and Ezekiel we met through the feeding program at Mercy Home. 💜💜💜
Thank you, thank you, thank you!