June 25, 2009

Saving Rosa

It's been a difficult day. Heart wrenching and emotionally draining as I am concerned for our smallest orphan Rosa. Today we went out to the center like we normally do on Wednesday's to spend time there and for me to teach English to the older kids in the afternoon. Three of our little girls were there that haven't been coming for over a month now because they had to go with their father to their mashamba (garden/fields). These little girls ages 2, 5, 7 lost their mother from the birth of the youngest girl Rosa. Their father has tried his best to care for them but little Rosa is suffering. She is around the age of 2 (we believe) but literally is the size of a 3-6 month old. She is lethargic, has discolored hair, very little muscle or fat. As I held her I was aching inside because I know if we don't soon intervene and figure out a way to help her father feed her she will die from malnutrition. I experienced such a strange mix of emotions while holding her and praying for her. First and most strongly there is desperation, sadness, and even fear that we might lose her. There is longing for Godly wisdom. And a small bit of hope that we really can make a difference and that with God's help she may make it. I need wisdom from heaven. I need courage. I need hope. I do not know how to approach things. I want to take action immediately but I must be sensitive to cultural ways and come up with a solution that is feasible for her family. I feel as though I am racing the clock and may run out of time. Please Lord Jesus, help me. I am asking that you please pray for little Rosa

and for me as I try to help her.

1 comment:

roadrunner201 said...

Andrea, please e-mail me and let me know if there is anything we can send to help. Some kind of supplement? I don't know though how the mail is there. If it is anything like the countries I have worked in overseas, it is very unreliable to send things in the mail because they may or may not get there. Lisaroerdink (at) live dot com