Rishma Lubin just recently started coming to the outreach program. He was and still is very sick & we have been seeking medical answers for him from multiple doctors. When we arrived Mom was holding him & comforting him. Next to her was a rocking crib with a mosquito net for him under a shaded tree area. She informed us that he has diahrea, fever & vomiting. Presidue called the doctor to check if we could get them in now as Rishma was not looking too good. While we waited many of us took a turn loving on him while his mother got herself & him ready to go. It was a reminder of how hard it is to get medical care. They then had to wait 15+ minutes for a public tap-tap to off-road 30+ minutes with 30+ other people just to get to the doctor. We all circled up & prayed for this mother and for Rishma. Please keep This family is your prayers!
Meet Dodorah...When we arrived Dodorah was lying. Content on a blanket outside. She just became apart of the program a little over a month ago. She is super small for her age (2 years) but has a huge sassy personality to make up for it she is not a huge fan of "Blancs" so as soon as she saw me she started crying. I crawled on the floor and sat her on my lap & after a few minutes of crying she did cuddle up against me. She is the best snuggler! As long as she could not see me she was ok. BUT once she saw carols is was all over she said "PaPa" and reach out for him. Carlos spent the rest of the session balancing doing therapy with her and just loving/comforting her. So wonderful to watch him interact with her. While he was playing I had a chance to share a scripture lesson of encouragement from John 9:1-12 on God's love through suffering and his perfect plan even in disability. I was then able to bless her family with a solar power Christian radio with the New Testament in Creole on it. Her mother showed little emotion throughout our entire visit until she picked up her daughter for a picture and they both started smiling! Dodorah is the youngest of 5. When I asked how I could be praying for them she said pray for Dodorah to gain more strength and standing, walking, talking and that she could go to school some day. At the end I asked how she was doing with her walker and mom said that she uses it every day and it is good! Please keep this family in your prayers!
When we arrived her mom was working at her little store on her front porch. It is like a little grocery store that has some staple foods and drinks. She took us inside and got us all chairs. I sat on the bed next to Doudie then picked her up & loved on her a little bit while I talked to mom. Doudie just started our program 2 months ago so I don't know their family super well. I found out that Doudie is an only child & more about how her mother makes a living. I passed Doudie off to Carlos, Melissa and Anna so u could do Bible study with her mom. She was not having it though & was not calmed by toys, lollipop or cuddles until she was back in her mothers arms. Then she got a BIG smile and enjoyed her lollipop (her mom helped her self-feed it). I just loved seeing the special bond between these 2. I shared a scripture lesson on John 9:1-12 on God's love through suffering and his perfect plan even in disability and then I was then able to bless her family with a solar power Christian radio with the New Testament in Creole on it. I then asked how so could specifically be praying for her. For Doudie to gain more strength and skills for controlling her head, sitting, and walking. Please keep this family on your prayers.
Meet Chaline- she is the newest member of outreach waiting list. Her family brought her to the mission today. She is 3 and unable to walk without 2 hands held. While she waits to be in the program we were able to provide her with a PVC pipe stander and educate her caregivers on exercises they can do at home. She is malnourished and her caretakers said they have a hard time finding food for her. We were able to transition her over to Magdala and the nutrition program to see about getting them help in that area. Please keep this family in your prayers as they wait for a spot in the program. Pray that she will gain strength in her legs and core and gain balance for walking.
Meet Machini...His mother passed away recently and was left orphaned. His neighbors brought him all the way from jean Ruebell about 5+ hours away yesterday to drop him off at the Miriam Center. They were unaware that we do not take children but empower them to keep and care for the children. I spent all morning into the afternoon pouring into this family. I made custom made hand braces, knee blocks, Haitian chair, PVC pipe stander and fit him for foot AFOs. Presidue spent an hour teaching them therapy brushing, lotion massage, stretching, and therapy ball and provided them with picture handouts of each, therapy ball, therapy brush, and lotion. I loved watchingNicholson Francois, Presidue, and Philogene Joseph Carlos all be apart of pouring into this family and empowering them that they can take care of this child and love him. Machini has quite the personality and such a cute smile. I so wish they lived closer and could come weekly. Please keep this family in your prayers as they love on and fight for this little boy! I pray that they left being empowered.