So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
At CURE Niger, we know that the surgery and physical care that the children receive is only a part of the healing. Sometimes treatments are prolonged and several surgeries are necessary to bring complete wholeness to a child. Every encounter with our patients and their caregivers offers other aspect of healing. The families who come from remote villages often have erroneous ideas about their child's disability. For example, the parents may think that a cleft lip means their child is mentally incapacitated and cannot learn at school...thereby denying a child of an education. We can educate and help families understand that their child is precious. We can assure families of the potential of their child. It is a wonderful opportunity to help families consider each child as a gift from God....made in God's image. Each family member and child has the capacity to think, respond, interact with their people and community. Each child, each person who comes to CURE Niger has the opportunity to see in action the love of God and the power of prayer to our living God of the Bible. We have seen transformations on the faces of the children during this surgical camp. We have planted seeds of the Good News through loving attention, daily prayer, stories and DVDs, acts of kindness and generosity and excellent medical/surgical/nursing care. As our 30 patients from Sentinelle leave this Friday, we will send many home healed of their cleft.....some completely and some partially. Each one know that they are loved by God and CURE!! Some we will have the joy of receiving here again...what a privilege!
Enjoy these pictures of new faces!! To God be the glory!!
|Although still a little swollen, Rhamatou will have a good result from her cleft repair.|
|This darling had a huge cleft that was exaggerated by a tooth sticking way out...now look at her precious face...it will smooth out as the scar heals.....she is such sweetheart and so polite!|
|Sweet smiles with our social worker :)|
|A gaggle of giggles, all wanting to see their new faces...they can hardly believe the transformations!|