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The healing of Kebebush

Nothing in Ethiopia is simple. Everything feels hard and complicated most of the time. Today I was so discouraged, when God heard my cry and answered my prayer.
One of our hospital employees has an ASD and has had worsening shortness of breath, although in general she shows early signs of heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. She was told by a cardiologist in Addis that she has to go to the US for heart surgery. Our missionary staff was approached by her asking for help. I tried and tried and could not find anything at a reasonable price in the US or any place that offered significant discount. One of my partners, Sok, contacted Tenwek hospital in Kenya and found they could safely perform the surgery for about $2,800 USD, with few additional expenses for travel, room and board and outpatient evaluation. We started our fundraising and encouraged Kebebush to do the same. This is not a missionary only donation, even if just $5, we want her and her community to help as they are able.
The first problem was that she wanted all the money to come from the international doctors. Then we found out she really only wanted to go to America and a friend found a program at Cleaveland Clinic that said it would only cost $2,500. Well, that was just for the outpatient eval. The surgery would be $100,000 USD. But Kebebush did not believe us. She went to the embassy to get her Visa, and was denied because she did not have $100,000 USD. Then we moved forward on her trip to Kenya. We reschedule her surgery for the third time, got her passport, and had her and family pay for her plane tickets to Kenya. But she didn’t have her yellow fever vaccine, so we had to reschedule once more. I had everything lined up… when I couldn’t wire money from Ethiopia to Kenya. It turns out that there is only one bank in addis that is even capable of sending  money outside Ethiopia. I decided to write a personal check to the Tenwek’s nonprofit headquarters in the US and reimburse myself with Ethiopian birr that we had raised. Finally, I thought I was done, and when I went to reimburse myself, the system is not working and the bank manger wasn’t there… for the third time. I nearly broke down and cried today. When Kebebush and her husband came to me. They informed me they are leaving this week and wanted to pray for me and all those that had helped them.
They prayed with tears in their eyes and the scripture Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
They said, we could not have done this without you and your friend and family. Thank you. Kebebush’s life will be made new and her hope for her health restored.
I cried tears of joy.
I have been thinking a lot about the parable of the lost sheep. Matthew 15:4
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
At first I felt I should be spending my time and money on helping the multitude and not just one person. But God reminds us that he left the multitude to help the one. He would have died on the cross if it was just for me and my sin. This is holy ground that we walk upon as we care for even just one of the saints. It is enough and it is good.
Thank you all for your partnership.


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