I promise I haven't forgotten about having a blog. Every time I sit down to write a story or update I just stare at the screen. I finally decided that I would share with you some of the people that have been on my heart a lot lately. Some of the people who I have been praying for and that in so many ways have rocked my faith by getting to walk with them on this journey.
School has been back in session for almost two months and some of my little friends are having trouble focusing in school or learning their lessons. Each of them love school and they want to be there. It's just hard. It's hard going from an environment of little structure to one that is completely structured and in a different language (school is taught in French). It's hard learning (and remembering) lessons when you haven't eaten yet that day and possibly only ate once the day before. And it's hard for the mommas, grandmas, and caregivers to help the kids with their homework when sometimes they are unable to read and write themselves. So one of my prayers has been for the school children to be blessed with parents/caregivers who are daily encouraging the kids to learn and study. That the parents are blessed with work in order to provide for their families. And that the children would be able to focus while in school and that their little minds would be able to learn what is needed in order to continue progressing in school.
Sweet Fado rocked the world of myself and several other of my nurse friends over a year ago when he was initially diagnosed with severe malnutrition. It's never easy walking with a momma on this journey and this story was filled with lots of ups and downs. Fado was recently re-admitted into the malnutrition program. My heart breaks for this little guy. In the worst way I want to see him thriving and reaching developmental milestones like a normal two year old. Oh how I want to see this little one not only learn to walk but run and cause all sorts of trouble. I want to see this momma empowered to fight for her son. In so many ways I'm also fighting against the desire to hide and pretend like Fado isn't as sick as he is and just how messy that can make relationships. So one of my big prayers has been that I would be bold and willing to be firm and fight for Fado. Another prayer has been for wisdom in knowing how to care for Fado and how to love and encourage his sweet momma.