Many thanks to those who are praying for the compassion work out here. Just these first two weeks of May alone we’ve had several babies born, dozens of new medical needs and new opportunities to enable other local churches to serve refugees in their areas as well.
Making The Rounds With a Visiting Doctor
We’ve been thankful to have a visiting doctor from the USA here this past week. He has over 20 years experience in the ER and family medicine, which has served well in consulting on more complex cases here. Just yesterday we had over 50 prescriptions given out for people! We’ve also been able to travel to other local churches reaching refugees to help them with medical exams for needy cases. We visited two churches this week in addition to our own normal ministry amongst the mountain refugees. Aside from dozens of standard medical cases, we had one heart-breaking case of a 6-8 month old baby with severe recurring blisters and skin lesions with no apparent cause. Please pray for this baby. The visiting doctor is working with us to refer the baby to a specialist clinic in the capital city that might be able to diagnose this unusual condition.
Delivering Food & Audio Bibles
An additional project this month was helping a local church that has not been able to regularly reach out to the refugees in their village. We were not only able to provide the doctor for a day to see some refugees at the church from their village, but also able to deliver 20 small packages of food for refugee families. Though this initial effort seems small, it was a big first step to help them overcome some of the barriers in the community to reaching these refugees for Christ. Each family that took a food pack was also glad to receive one of the solar-powered audio Bibles we had on hand that contain the entire New Testament in their language. We even had one teenage girl from the area who was just tagging along with her friend’s family beg us for one of the audio Bibles even though she was not getting a food pack. She seemed very intent on listening to it, and began to play it while still in the church waiting area. Pray for these small efforts and for the local church there to continue seeking to reach the refugees in their area even after we aren’t able to provide them help for it directly. It is part of our broader mission to enable local churches to serve the needs in their own area when possible, and we are glad we could do so this week!
More May Babies & One Preemie
It is barely the middle of May and we’ve already had several births just these past weeks! Most of them went fairly well, although one woman lost a large amount of blood and needed several transfusions in the hospital. One birth that was not set for May, but for around July, did not go so well though. He is a little 2.5 pound preemie that came at 27 weeks. He is a fighter and hanging on to life in the NICU these past weeks, getting a little more stable each day. He has had some blood loss however, and needed a substantial transfusion earlier this week, but so far is handling it well. Pray for him to recover, and the mother as well. The mother is not a refugee, but a local woman who married a refugee, so the baby is technically a Syrian refugee even though the mother is from a local Muslim family. This has enabled us a new opportunity to show the compassion of Christ to locals from this area in addition to the refugees we routinely serve as well.
Thanks again to everyone who is praying and giving towards the substantial needs out here. As the Syrian war continues to grind on, and regional instability continues to increase as well, the needs only continue to grow, but so too does God’s kind provision for them!
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