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It was just another Saturday night when the call went out over the radio, “CQ Balfate, CQ Balfate, rapid response trauma, emergency room”.
I remember the day so well. It was one of those days, I don’t think I will ever forget. The baby’s heart rate was dropping,
I drew in a deep breath as I considered my patient’s test results, wondering how I would explain them to her. These were the type of results that showed something was wrong, but not exactly what or how dangerous it was.
“Every cry is a celebration.” The senior nurse’s words pulled my attention up to his eyes full of pain and hope. “Yesterday was too quiet. So many never cried.”
We belong to an unshakeable kingdom in Christ! The apostle Peter warned believers in his day not to be surprised at the “fiery trials” that tested them, as if something strange were happening (1 Peter 4:12). Such is the reality for followers of Jesus. In our ministry, we have always noted a surge of various problems before significant ministry growth. Since returning to the field, a few challenges have complicated progress or required time to help friends and ministry partners. Thankfully, the majority of situations we face have solutions.
On June 25, a party was held to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Agape Rehabilitation Complex! Current patients and residents of Agape, employees and other guests were in attendance. Polos shirts with the Agape logo were given to all employees for the occasion. The evening included a delicious dinner, a concert by some of our own employees, recollection, and gratitude for how Agape came into existence and has been upheld by God’s hand these past 5 years, and an admonition to continue in the work from our senior pastor at Fimiam Church. It was a wonderful evening together!
“I have to use baby diapers every day. Sometimes I use rags or toilet paper because the diapers become expensive,” she said explaining what the past several months had been like.
The relief and development community has created a set of comprehensive minimum standards for humanitarian response, although they have been slow to make significant progress in the USA. These standards, known as the Sphere standards, are a set of principles and minimum standards created to improve quality and accountability of humanitarian response in four technical areas: Water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH), Food security and nutrition, Shelter, and settlement, and last but not least Health.
Imagine living life without the use of one arm. It would be hard, right? Now, imagine living life without both arms. That sounds next to impossible. How does one eat, drink, or use the bathroom? Get dressed or make something to eat? This is a story of a man who tragically lost both of his arms, and how God got him new ones.