Monday, April 23, 2012

A Boy Needs Help

Hello friends and fellow bloggers,

I hope you are well wherever you are in the world on this Monday.

My post today deals with a story you've read about before on my blog.

It is about a boy named Edwin and his battle with chronic myeloid leukemia. Through the help of two of  my blog readers and myself, we have been able to get Edwin to different hospitals for observation, testing and treatment.  He has been able to get to Tenwek and Nairobi, Kenya on several occasions, have multiple tests and be seen by the very best specialists that Kenya has to offer. For all this we are grateful.

God has been good and he has had mercy. He has given Edwin favour and the bills for tests and doctor examinations have been much lower than expected.  Edwin has also been treated so well by hospital staff.  All of this gladdens my heart so much  and I give all praise and glory to God the Father. It is like the story of the loaves and the fishes  for God multiplied the small amount we had and made a way to give Edwin the help he needed. Now we need more loaves and fishes.

Edwin needs to return to Nairobi in about 4 days for follow up treatment. He will need to make one more trip after that. I am not sure exactly when his second trip to Nairobi for follow up will be but probably at least 4-6 weeks fom now.  Edwin's family also needs monthly help with food. The amount is modest by our standards. Food needs are about $50. (Canadian) a month (4200 Kenyan shillings, 189 New Israel Shekels, $49 Aussie, 32 British Pounds, 38 Euros, $50 US).

I've hemmed and hawed about publishing this post.  The reason is because last time only a very few people commented on the post or said they would pray.  I fear that men and women do not like to hear about things they don't want to help with or can't help with.  Yet I feel I must make this post and somehow try to get Edwin the help he needs for he cannot do it for himself.

If this was your child, or your family member, what would you give for his care? Would you count the cost or would you simply step in because he needs your help?

Only you can answer those questions.

He who has an ear, let him hear and may God bless you so much. 

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Jo said...

Bless you for this post and God be praised for your compassion for the plight of this young Kenyan. I am glad you posted it and pray that people's hearts are touched so that they reach into their pockets, so to speak, and donate towards this worthy cause. I know that while we were in South Africa recently, we spent the equivalent of US$50 in one go at the cafe - buying tasty treats like ice-cream, cakes, chocolates, soft drinks, fresh fruits, vegetables and meat for a BBQ with the family. (((Hugs))) Jo

Denise said...

God bless your beautiful heart for others. I continue to lift dear Edwin up before our Father.

Dimple said...

I praise God for your compassion and I pray that He will continue to help Edwin with his needs. Blessings to you.

Jackie McGuinness said...

Thanks for dropping by and visiting me. In answer to your comment about my reading, no, none of these books could be read in 2-3 hours, they are full length novels. I tend to read a couple of hours a day when I can.

Icy BC said...

Your compassion alone is worth posting this story! I can only offer prayer at this time, and God bless you for helping others!

_ said...

God bless you for posting this! I am unable to make a contribution today, but I will as soon as I get the funds! I am going out of the state for about 2 weeks, but upon my return, I should be able to make a contribution. If I can sooner, then I pray God will put the remembrance in my heart to make the contribution while out of town!

Vores have said...

Hello Joyful.
Just inside to wish you a good weekend.
Hugs Hanne Bente

Brenda Green said...

You did a great job on this blog, your heart and compassion are truly visible as you are doing the work of Jesus. My prayers are that we (the church) would all
become doers of the word and not hearers only. May God reach out with his heart through our hands to touch, heal, comfort and enable the poor to get the treatment they need. God Bless you my friend. hugs me

Jan said...

Dear Penny. You amaze me with your work and compassion. I can offer some thoughts and some thanks for all those who work, like you, to help their fellow human beings, and for Edwin's treatment to relieve his symptoms and help to make him well. xx

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