As our 2013 trip to Uganda approaches, we have started to put together some short summaries of some of our "That One Persons" that we met last year. We are preparing these summaries, to share with our church, to raise awareness of foreign missions. I thought that I would share these with the blog as well.
Tendo is a 7 year old girl that lives in Konge, Uganda. Three years ago, she was involved in an accident where she was run over by a car, on the way to school. Through this accident, she suffered a ruptured diaphragm and much of her abdominal contents herniated up into her chest, collapsing her lung. She was treated in the national referral hospital and survived. When Tendo was released from the hospital, she still had the collapsed lung and diaphragm hernia, as they were not repaired. Her family was told to return when they had 2.3 million shillings ($900 usd) to have the surgery to repair the diaphragm. Her parents tried to save the money while Tendo began to have more trouble with her breathing, trouble with her swallowing and trouble keeping up with her classmates. Her mom went to her local pastor and said that she did not know what they were going to do, the family had made no progress over 2 years trying to collect the money. Pastor Shalom said, “we serve a big God, we will keep praying for a miracle”. A couple of weeks later, a medical team from Duncan, OK showed up at Tendo’s school to do a medical clinic. That same“Big God” that directed their path to Konge, impressed on the heart of the team that they needed to do more for Tendo. After a trip to see the surgeon, it was found that the surgery could still be done. Through generous giving and prayers from people in Duncan Churches, Tendo was able to have her “miracle”surgery.
She and her family are still praising their big God!
Tendo came in to Wentz Medical Center a few months ago and she is doing well. She is just as "sassy" as ever.
It is truly a blessing when God answers your prayers. It is even more of a blessing for God to allow you to be an answer to someone else's prayer. Contact me at DueUnto@gmail.com if you would like to give toward the medical clinics on our upcoming trip.
1 in 5 children in Uganda die before their 5th birthday. What if we were able to help That One Person?