Thursday, October 31
Tonight is the last night at the Missionary Training Center for most of our team. Over the course of the last two weeks we’ve seen four generators repaired, medical care provided at Mercy Hospital and in local villages. We’ve interacted with children who are currently cared for by the Child Rescue Centre and CRC alums who are taking the fight to poverty in their own ministry endeavors. Two villages have taken steps as part of the new Village Partnership Initiative. We’ve worshipped, prayed, painted, and wept. Our God has richly blessed us with two fruitful weeks, yet the work is far from over.
Yesterday a little boy died at Mercy Hospital. Just under a year in age, he presented with Malaria and in desperate need of a blood transfusion. We’ll never know for certain if a transfusion would have saved his life because he didn’t receive one. Why? Mercy has a blood bank, so why didn’t this baby get what he needed? The answer may make you shout in anger or burst into tears. You see, the power grid that services Mercy Hospital and the rest of Bo is unreliable, too unreliable for Mercy to be able to maintain adequate blood for such emergencies. This is not one of those problems that lacks a solution. The solution is to outfit this campus with solar power. Yes, friends, there is much to be done.
We have been richly blessed these two weeks. Our lives have been influenced by Christ and the beautiful people of Sierra Leone in ways our team shall not soon forget. We are so grateful to our families, co-workers, and loved ones who gave us the space and coverage to be here. Yet, we depart in the full knowledge more is required. Holy work, life-and-death work is left to be done. Thank you for your prayers, for sharing in this journey with us through these blog posts, and if you feel the call to make a world-changing, life-saving difference, we hope you’ll reach out to Helping Children Worldwide to join an upcoming team, volunteer, or give.
Team Jesus: Cynthia, David, Karen, Melody, Rob, Tina and Vicki