Hola! I am now rested. 10 hours of sleep will help with that. I definitely needed that. Today, my plan is to spend the whole day with the Lord....reading, praying, hearing His word. But I wanted to update you on the 3 families I visited Wednesday that received wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission. 1. Maria is 41 years old. She has some kind of disability that is degenerative but not sure what specifically it is. She is able to walk short distances like within her house, but is not able to walk longer distances and so needs her wheelchair. Her family are not believers, but instead belong to some type of cult religion. They were surprised to have our visit and were grateful for the small things we brought her. Clothes, toothbrushes and toothpaste and vitamins. 2. Nicole-is 12 years old. She was so wonderful! She is a strong girl, not much smaller than myself, whose smile lit up the room as soon as we entered. Her family was dressed in black because her father and grandfather had recently passed. Her diagnosis is cerebral palsy-I'm guessing diplegia (affecting her legs). Her feet are all deformed because she spends most of her time sitting on the floor. She can crawl and sit up on her own and bear weight on her deformed feet with help. Her mother told us that she was adopted at birth and they did not know that she had CP until she was 8 months old. The family told us that they have investigated surgery to repair her feet but that the surgery is very extensive and she may not survive the surgery. Nicole LOVED the camera and laughed every time a picture was taken of her. She has a beautiful spirit and you could see it in her eyes. 3. The last family we visited was way up in the dirt mountains. Here, the farther up the mountain that you go, the poorer you are. We met Alejandro. He is 21 years old with severe cerebral palsy. He is cared for by his mother. His father died 20 years ago, leaving his mom and 2 brothers. His brothers are grown men now, and don't help much to support the family because they are alcoholics. The mom has to leave Alejandro alone to go wash clothes for her neighbors. Their only source of income... They live in a very humble 2 shanty home. They have an uneven dirt floor which means that EVERYTHING gets dirty and if it rains, it is muddy. Alejandro sits in the wheelchair, but really doesn't leave the home because it would be difficult to get him down the mountain even in the wheelchair because it is so steep. He can't move around the house in the wheelchair because the ground is so uneven. He is severely malnourished and his mom said he was recently sick and did not get proper medical care in the hospital. We were able to give some simple gifts, sheets for the bed, clothes and vitamins, toothbrushes and paste. By far, they are the poorest family I've seen. They live on basically about 60$ a MONTH. Can you imagine? The amazing thing, is that they are believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We were able to pray with him and his mom. She had an amazing attitude for her circumstances and loves her son very much. I have learned a lot from her example.
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