Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Precious Pedro . . .

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The love of my life would have been 18 today.  This was the last photo I took of him, too young, before he died at 14. 

What would he look like, sound like, act like today?  Would he have a girlfriend?  Would he have passed all his years of school, notoriously hard to do here without bribes?  But he was the top student in his Grade 7 and passed that without any bribes, in fact, didn’t even have to sit the final exams since he was so far ahead of others. 

Would we be living in the US, getting ready for him to start Uni?  Would we be fighting like cats and dogs or having as much fun as ever, singing Saturday’s All Right For Fighting and playing backgammon, cooking our second breakfast and second dinner? 

Oh my word, would HE be driving???

I miss Pedro every single day.  I also thank God for every single day I had with him. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Most Fun a Couple Bucks Can Buy!

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Who doesn’t love a balloon?

Certainly not Julio and Joaquim, above!

And Lourenco and Jeremias below!

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Iser is SO excited about his balloon that Linda is tying up.  She’s the fun lady who brought these great treats!

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My amazing helper, Alisha, is reassuring our newest addition, Leo, that she will in fact give him back his balloon!

ARE THESE BOYS NOT GORGEOUS?!?

Love, Laura

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Lucas Update–Please pray for surgery tomorrow!

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Sweet Lucas has had a broken femur in a very large and poorly done cast for 38 days.  They took the cast off yesterday, none too gently is an understatement, and declared him fine and sent him home, saying to bring him back on the 22nd for a check-up.  He was crying there in the hospital and cried all night, poor dove. He is in incredible pain, which was made worse by his rough treatment.   Let me just say that some of you know my long history with frustration (and anger!) with the public hospital here and the whole story here only added fuel to the fire.

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Today he was taken to one of the private hospitals in the city for an x-ray.  It shows the bone is horribly broken, still.  I wish I had a copy to post here, you’d be shocked at the bad break.

The nurse who was attending to Lucas spoke with Sonia, the missionary who was accompanying him.  When she asked for the bill, the nurse said, “leave the paperwork with me, I will pay for it.”  WHAT??  AMAZING!!!!  I cried.

But wait, I cried even more!  The doctor said that Lucas needed surgery.  It would cost 130,000 mets, equivalent of $4,500.  When Sonia left, the same nurse said “I will call you by 4pm after I speak with the doctor and hospital director.”  At 3:59, she called to tell Sonia the surgery would be done tomorrow – FOR FREE!!!!!  Yes, that’s when I cried again!

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Here’s the neat part – Sonia had thought about bringing a letter from our center, saying Lucas was part of a large children’s center, etc., and could they provide treatment for a discount.  But she didn’t, I’m not clear if she didn’t have time or chose not to.  And all she had said to the nurse was, when the nurse asked if she was his mom, she said “no, he’s part of Arco Iris Children’s Center in Zimpeto, we have about 300 kids.”  That was it.  And from there, this compassionate woman intervened on Lucas’ behalf!

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with asking for help but it sure is a wonderful feeling to experience a  miracle in that way, that you’ve done nothing to bring about and know is clearly God working in the hearts of people!

Lucas has surgery tomorrow, Thursday, but we’re not sure the time.  Please keep him in your prayers and pray a blessing over this generous hospital and it’s staff!  Thank you!

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