Five days ago, one of the Christian women from a village where we have a church gave birth to twins. The mother had been very sick and the babies were born early, so on Friday, Emily and I drove out to the village to take a food packet and vitamins to her and to check on how she was doing. While there, we learned that she needed a blood transfusion, but was unable to get one at the hospital before they sent her home. We also found out that she didn't have enough food to eat and wasn't producing enough milk to feed the tiny babies.
After going into to town to buy formula and bottles, we returned and Emily showed her how to make the formula and clean the bottles. It turned into an emotional meeting when the extended family joined us and started singing and praising God. Emily shared some words of encouragement and we were able to pray over the mother and her new babies.
While the vitamins and food are helping, she is very weak and because of some other problems, unable to nurse the babies, but the twins are taking the formula. We are grateful to those of you who have given to The ECHO Project so we can in turn help in emergency situations like this one.
Tonight at church, the Christians discussed adopting these two babies and helping out financially with the mother's needs. I was touched again to see the joy of giving spread to the Christians here in town. Please pray for this sweet mother and her babies as she has a difficult road ahead of her. We will continue supplying formula and supplementing the mother's food in the coming months.
To find out how The ECHO Project is making a difference to individuals or to give, please visit our website. We've also just opened a brand new on-line Safari Shop where you can buy really cool products and all profits go directly to The ECHO Project.
Happy New Year!