“Mary” came to Yei Children’s Village in 2011 from a very vulnerable situation. Over the last few months, she began falling sick regularly with stomach aches and fevers. After lots of testing, we discovered “Mary” had a certain type of amoeba. Knowing the environment she came from where she essentially slept in sewage, this was not a surprise. The problem was, there was no treatment for this condition available in South Sudan or Uganda. One of the Western missionaries here contacted some individuals back home in the States who were able to find the appropriate medication in Canada and order it. It was then shipping to a doctor who is based in South Sudan and was in the U.S. for a visit. This doctor brought the medicine to us when they returned to Yei. “Mary” completed the 21-day course 2 weeks ago and has dramatically improved. It has been such a long journey for her and we are so grateful to our friends around the world who stand with us in prayer and are ready to help when help is needed.
This ordeal with “Mary” has made me (Irina) wonder about how many other children like her there are out there, just in this country alone, who suffer with various illnesses that are totally curable but the medicine simply is not available in their vicinity and they don’t have connections with people who could procure necessary treatment from afar. It is heart-breaking to realize that so many people suffer continually, even permanently, because of lack of proper medical care. It is so unjust, and it highlights so vividly our need for Jesus to rise up on behalf of the poor and needy and give justice. One of my favorite Scriptures is in the Psalms where the Lord says, “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, I will arise, and set him in the safety for which he yearns.” The image of God arising on someone’s behalf, the poor man, nonetheless, someone who is neglected, forgotten, overlooked…but God sees him….this is a powerful reality.
So we may not be able to help everyone and see to everyone’s needs, but God put “Mary” in front of us, and we were able to help her. We have to entrust the countless others into His loving hands.