|My very sick friend Yunus|
Actually, I had never heard of this kid before yesterday!
I had a plan that didn't include this ten year old kid. But, I have had to learn that there is always another unknown plan that takes priority over the things I want to accomplish each day. If I interpret the revision of my plans as interruptions I end up elevating my personal plan above the One who directs my steps. I make plans, but He is the Director.
Yesterday God used Yunus to alter my plan. Let me tell you the story.
It started with an unexpected phone call. The caller was at a clinic to collect his next supply of free drugs for treatment of his tuberculosis. It seems there was a young boy, at the same clinic, whose father was being told to take his son to the government's children's hospital here in Jinja. This motivated my caller to wonder if Next Generation Ministries could help this very swollen 10 year old.
|Susan takes Yunus temperature at the IMC clinic|
Quickly the history of Yunus' brief existence on earth unfolded. His mother was HIV positive and passed on that death sentence to Yunus when she was pregnant with him. She had already succumbed to death leaving Yunus with a father who was HIV negative. This condition is usually the thing people tell us when we start investigating a medical issue. From that tragic beginning ... a beginning that Yunus had no choice in ... we were told that he had been swelling over the past several months. It wasn't until his current shallow breathing and obvious fever that the father was prompted to come to the city to have the health issue of Yunus addressed.
|Yunus put on oxygen to help his shallow breathing|
Our first stop was at the local clinic, here in Jinja, where our friend, Nurse Susan, and some pretty good doctors work. We simply needed to have some medical professionals to confirm what we suspected ... specifically that this boy needed to be admitted to the hospital to allow professionals to monitor medical treatment and fight for his life.
|Susan draws HIV infected blood for analysis|
|Pediatrician at IHK does the second evaluation in the ER|
The pediatrician nurse and I had payment forms verified and admission papers filled out. Because Yunus had several symptoms of tuberculosis, he was put in an isolation room with his father until tests could be done to prove he was either negative or positive.
|Preparing father & son for chest X-ray|
Though many will complain about increased health care costs in America, most people in the West make adjustments in their daily coffee consumption or scrap their plans for attendance at professional sport events or musical concerts. The gap between the discretionary choices of Africans and Americans is HUGE.
|Taking a look inside with ultrasound scan|
|Ezra explains hospital procedure in the isolation room|
"Has very bad pneumonia, which is being treated, TB, cardiac issues, where the cardiology/echo test will be done tomorrow at SAS or KAS, but right now more test are being made ... Blood test have been taken for CD$ count and he has infection in the chest that comes with HIV infected patients. We will get more details after they see the cardiologists for further tests and examinations."
We need you to be a part of our team here in Africa. We literally don't have the money to cover these expenses for Yunus and the family, who come from the village, have no resources either. But, for some reason, God brought this boy to our front porch and we believe he is our divine assignment. And, for some reason, we have a connection to you and we wonder if Yunus is not a part of your mission as well.
I imagine that this appeal was not a part of your plan today and I'm confident that you didn't have a written note in your daily planner to send dollars to NGM for medical ministry. But, maybe, just maybe, this blog is a "divine interruption" to give you the joy of being a part of something bigger than your own plans.
I came across a verse in the Bible the other day that made me sit up and read it several times. Most people must think that the historical sin of Sodom was homosexualty, however Ezekiel 16:49 reads "Sodom's sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door."
Please send your donation to Next Generation Ministries, 29940 South Dhooghe Road, Colton, OR 97017 and mark it NGM Medical.
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