Of Rashes and Burns and Little Ones

This past spring, CompassioNow collected supplies, 5 bags of medical supplies to be exact, to be carried over to Malawi. In their most recent report, Passion Center for Children and their Community Health Network shared how those supplies have made a positive impact on the lives of several children in the area.

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Vanessa and Chisomo are brother and sister. They were taken to the local hospital due to severely itchy rashes on their bodies. The rashes were becoming very painful from constant scratching. At the hospital, the children were given calamine lotion for their rashes. However, the calamine lotion only made the situation worse. Community Health Network volunteers from the Passion Center for Children in Malawi learned of the itchy and painful rashes and brought antifungal meds to their home. This medicine solved the problem and cleared up the rashes quickly.

6 year old Kelvin is the youngest of three children and has suffered seizures from infancy. About 2 years ago, Kelvin had a seizure and he fell on a cooking fire. No one was around to pull him out and he suffered extensive burns. He was taken to the local hospital but they did not have the necessary wound supplies to help. Kelvin’s wound became infected and he was in danger of losing his life. That’s when the Community Health Network at Passion Center for Children learned of Kelvin’s plight. They committed themselves to helping Kelvin and over the next year and a half, they tended Kelvin’s wounds and nursed him back to health.

2 month old Maliam had a normal, issue-free birth. But almost immediately her mother noticed that she couldn’t move her left arm, hand, or fingers. Maliam was taken to the local hospital where she was assessed and given help. However, Maliam made very little progress. Volunteers from the Community Health Network also began to work with Maliam and her mother. They began doing exercises such as stroke movements, positioning, and stimulation. Since Maliam’s mother has begun these exercises, Maliam has improved greatly. The Community Health Network volunteers are keeping a very close eye on the health of Maliam and are poised to act quickly if anything arises.

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Agnes, pictured below with Community Health Network Coordinator Edwin, is 2 1/2 years old. She was born with a very low birthweight and has struggled with disease and malnourishment since. Catherine, Agnes’ mother, took her to the local hospital and she was put on a feeding program. After 2 months of regular feeding, Agnes had made no improvement and the hospital dismissed her from the program. With a new baby added to the family, Catherine is very concerned about how to care for Agnes. Edwin and the Community Health Network have prayed with Catherine and Agnes and will stand by them as they strive to heal and grow. Please join us in praying for Agnes and her family, that nourishment and peace will rain down on them.

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Waddington — A Success Story

It’s nearing the end of summer and most people can point to someone in their sphere of influence who has suffered a broken bone this summer. As inconvenient as it is, the bone is x-rayed, set, and tended. In no time, the bone is healed and life continues. But, in rural Africa, bones aren’t always cared for.

In 2009, 8 year old Waddington broke his leg in an accident in rural Zambia. For three months, he lived with the broken bones and without any proper care or medical intervention. A severe infection set into the bone and Waddington was becoming a very ill young man. His village became concerned and transported him to Chalabessa Medical Clinic, a rural clinic supported by Mission Medic Air and CompassioNow. Sister Marta and the Mission Medic Air team knew that if they didn’t act quickly, Waddington would be permanently and severely crippled, if he survived at all. They transported him to Lusaka where he was treated for his infection and where his leg was surgically reset. Ed and Wendy, co-founders of CompassioNow, met Waddington back at Chalabessa a few months later while he was still on crutches. At that time, Waddington vowed that he would study hard to be prepared for whatever God had in store for him after saving his life.

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Two years later, Ed and Wendy flew to Zambia again and met Waddington. But this trip, Waddington had no crutches; instead, he helped unload the medical supplies from the plane and stood guard over the plane while Ed and Wendy traveled on to Chalabessa. In Ed’s words, Waddington was “a happy, active and healthy 10 year old with a bright future.”

Fast forward to 2017. Ed and Wendy were in Zambia and reconnected with Waddington yet again. At that time, 17 year old Waddington was attending the Grace Academy, founded by the Canadian charity Seeds of Hope Children’s Ministry. Wendy wrote, “His favorite subject in school is chemistry. He wants to take as many science classes as he can to get ready for medical school. He was baptized last month!! He sings in the praise choir at Grace as well as plays the piano. Last week he started a Bible kids club at Grace to teach age 9 and up kids about the Bible. His favorite Bible verse is I Thes 3: 9-10.”

Waddington’s mother died when he was very young and he has two younger brothers. 16 year old Shepherd was born with club feet as well as a spinal development problem (kyphosis). He used to drag himself across the dirt to get around. Mission Medic Air took him for the surgery to repair his club feet, to get him the corrective spinal surgery that he needed. Both Shepherd and Innocent, the third brother, attend Grace Academy as well.

This past spring, Waddington graduated from Grace Academy and in July he began his undergraduate studies in Zambia. From orphaned youth, to severely injured and ill, to happy and healthy, to graduate… Waddington’s life is truly explempary of the grace and goodness of God. Saved and sanctified, Waddington will do amazing things for God.