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'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Water Truck & Home for Sick and Dying Children
Taryn instantly befriended a little girl wearing a pink shirt and pink shorts. When it was Taryn's turn to hold the water hose, the little girl just did not want to leave her side, so she helped out by holding the hose behind Taryn. How helpful! Rita was claimed by a little girl in a white lace top. She was VERY possessive and would not allow Rita to pick anyone else up! When she finally released full claim on Rita, a little boy was next in line for Rita's full attention. His smiles and giggles were the best! Andra was handed a baby wearing flannel pajamas. The mother was so proud of the baby and was happy that Andra held it! After a short break in the guest house, a few of us made our third trip to The Home for Sick and Dying Children.
This time we were allowed to go into the "very sick room." It made all of us really sad to walk into a room to see rows of babies in little cribs with blank stares. It looked like they didn't even have the energy to cry. Many of the children were suffering from severe malnutrition, so they were all really small and skinny for their age. We all fell in love with special babies.
Rita was drawn to tiny Betchilove who was way too small for fifteen months, but loved to be held. He hummed a bit into Rita's ear and was very sad to see Rita leave. Andra held several babies, but her favorite part was feeding them! Taryn scooped up a little girl who was crying when we arrived. She was calmed just by being held. Because these babies were malnourised, we just wanted to get as much food into their little bodies as we could. We were so frustrated when they sometimes refused food or drink.
We all left in tears as we had to leave the babies crying for us to stay. Please pray for these babies. We trust God's plan for them, but it sure seems unfair. On a lighter note, we got lots of laughs out of a mischevious little guy who kept sitting on the edge of his crib. And at one point tried to climb out. We were so concerned he would fall, especially since he was hooked up to an IV. What a sneaky little laugh and giggle he had everytime we tried to get him back into his crib! Bondje Boni' ou (God Bless You), Rita Taryn & Andra