Beauty for Ashes (8/10/11)
Some of you read my post about Emer – a diabetic girl who left the hospital before her bill was paid, without any medication, or any way to test her blood sugar. We had the resources to cover all of her costs, but the family disappeared under cover of darkness. I was just filled with sadness when she left.
But if I hadn’t met Emer, I don’t know if I would have met Margaret.
Margaret is 5 years old, the youngest of 11 children. Margaret’s mother lives only a few kilometres from here in Kimende, and one of her sons was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago. With the constraints and difficulties of parenting with few resources, Margaret’s brother’s diabetes was difficult to manage, and he died in 2009 from diabetic ketoacidosis. So when Margaret, too, was diagnosed with diabetes last year, her mother despaired.
Margaret and Mum have been a sporadic attenders of clinic here, because it is hard for her to get here as she has so many kids, and then there are the transport costs, and then when she gets here she can’t afford the insulin or syringes or blood tests. At their last visit in August, our nurse educator Lydia bought the insulin for Margaret out of her own pocket. Lydia prayed together with mum that God would help them, and then assured mum that God would provide for her needs.
It was one week later that I met Emer. Through Emer’s story, we received money to help her and other diabetic children, opening the Diabetic Needy Children’s Fund here. And when Lydia heard that, even though Emer had left, there was still money available for diabetic children, she approached me about paying for Margaret’s ongoing costs.
Lydia wrote for me a detailed budget – ongoing costs of about $30 per month to supply Margaret’s transport to the clinic, the cost of seeing the nurse or doctor, insulin, syringes, glucometer strips for measuring her blood sugar levels. A prohibitively large amount for a mother eking out an existence to support 10 children in rural Kenya – now in reach due to the generosity of friends overseas.
Margaret and her mother came to the clinic last week. Lydia gave them their month’s worth of supplies, and her mother was overwhelmed. Her blood test showed that her sugars had been very high at home for some time – but Lydia knows that, now we have a regular way of helping out, this will improve. This little girl now has a hope and a future, and my heart is light.
” If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
Romans 8:28 (The Message)