Tuesday, September 04, 2007

One

Hi Friends,
Just wanted to update you guys on how things are here. It’s hard to imagine but I’ll be back in the States in about a month. It’s kind of surreal how the time has passed here in Africa. It’s flies by because there is so much to do, but at the same time seems to creep along…sort of like watching the grass grow. That’s Africa I suppose.

HERE’S A STORY:
(Sorry no pictures…for lots of reasons…but please keep reading)
Let me tell you about Roger (not his real name). I met Roger while doing home visits. These home visits are a foundational piece to what we do here. It is the most valuable and effective way that we can connect personally with the people of Masoyi. We hear their stories and respond in the best way we can. Whether it’s just a friend to listen or giving medical or food or giving whatever we can. In this case, a nursing team had already come to visit Roger’s wife who is battling severe TB. Even their newborn baby is very ill. Roger spends most of his day providing for his sick family, as well as caring for them in their illness. He is an incredible example to me. Especially in light of all the tragic stories of men who don’t act responsibly toward their families.
When we visited we notice that there was no food to go with the TB meds that nursing team had brought. In fact, there hasn’t been much food for the past 3 months. It has been very lean times for many people in Masoyi. (The grant we just received doesn’t arrive until October) This situation was looking grim for both mother and child. No food and plenty of sickness to go around. Being in Africa always reminds me how fragile life is.

A local volunteer, also named David, and I decided we needed to act right away. So off to the local shop to buy food. You should have seen the smile on Roger’s face when we returned – food in hand. It was bright and it was ear to ear! Granted there are several thousand more in Masoyi with the same problems, some much worse. This time it felt good to actually to do something for this one man and his family. Sometimes it just doing the good you ought to do for one person that makes all the difference.

Much Love,
Dave Henry

3 comments:

Sharon said...

How awesome! You know what this post reminded me of? "In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa. Obviously this was more than a small thing...but, you get the point =)

Eric said...

David,

I wanted to let you know that we have NOT forgotten about you. You are a "living" example of what we should be doing - living out our faith with actions. Thank you for yor sacrifice and service.

I am so glad that ya'll bought the food for "Rodger." I can only imaging the smile, the feelings of care and concern you have for him (& family).

We know that you are having a GREAT time but we can't wait for your return. I miss our coffee's and discussions. It is a great comfort to me that you are always there when I need to talk. I know I will always recieve a call from you. I miss that.

Continue in your effort to being the Gospel in action and living out who God created you to be. I know God is enjoying working beside you in Africa.

In Christ,
Eric and Heather
Proberbs 31:8-9

natalieblair said...

Hey Dave... you are full of generous gifts, and uplifting suprises. Thanks for all your help with my photos and then countless other things you do! What a wonderful big brother you have been. Love, Nataaaliiee