We are praising God for the opportunity He provided for Gabriel to go to medical school in Kenya. Against the odds, Gabriel was accepted at the Presbyterian University of East Africa three years ago and excelled in his class as an ‘A’ student, studying clinical medicine, surgery and community health.
Today, Sabet and I were able to celebrate this momentous occasion of having Gabriel graduate as a clinical officer (physician’s assistant). We are thrilled to have him return to Tonj as an intern for In Deed and Truth Ministries and serve the Lord under the guidance of Dr. Jono Macleod. Thank you for praying for him.
How does a 3 year old boy only weigh 13 lbs (6kg)? This is Mabior, he came to our clinic weighing only 6kg because of chronic diarrhea and not enough food at home. He stayed 5 days until his diarrhea had finished and he started putting on weight. Our clinic will do follow up visits weekly until his weight is OK. His mother’s a Christian and prays for Mabior. The past few months people have really struggled for food while they wait for their crops to grow. Our clinic is committed to helping these precious children.
This is the time of year when our clinic is seeing record number of patients. Infant mortality is still one of the highest in the world. Although we appear small in size, do not be deceived…. our little clinic in Tonj is being used by God in BiG ways!! He is taking our ‘loaves and fishes’ and multiplying it to provide medial care to thousands of vulnerable women and children every month. We never know how we will get there but somehow we always do. This week alone critical medicine arrived the day we ran out!!
These children were fighting for their lives and hanging on by a breath and through prayer and treatment they made miraculous recoveries but even better, their families turned their hearts towards God.
This is Achol Bak she comes from Tonj East, she was in coma for three straight days and having convulsions five times a day. It was very sad for me, because on the 2nd day of coma I found her mother and some other relatives crying outside the clinic. Later her grandmother told me that she wanted me to allow them take the child for burial. Back in the village they have seen people going to that state and not coming back to life. I told her that by God all things are possible. One of our clinic chaplains, Pastor Santino, continued to visit and encourage them.
Achol was seriously in need of prayer and our team prayed for her last week asking God to intervene. The day after we prayed I went for ward rounds and her mother told me that Achol woke up at midnight and asked for a cup of water. We praise God for this breakthrough and testimony that He heals for the glory and honor of His name.
Since Thursday, Achol was able to sit while supported, then gradually improved and could sit by herself and now she is finally walking. Achol’s father is a soldier and had to leave three years ago. With no one to grow food in the home we decided to buy seeds for the family because this is the season for cultivation. Pastor Santino kindly delivered the seeds on our behalf. Please continue to pray for Achol. The family were eager to know our God who answers prayer!
One of the biggest challenges working in South Sudan is maternal mortality, which we still have the highest rate reported in the world. Our clinic focuses on pregnant mothers and at risk children, usually age 5 and under. Our Kenyan midwife, Annie shared this beautiful testimony of one ladies experience in our clinic.
“Ayen Makol Bol is a young mother from a village called Modol. She has been attending our clinic since September last year and all through her visits the baby presented breech. I encouraged her every visit and we prayed together for a safe delivery. She delivered yesterday though breech, we were able to conduct a safe delivery and welcomed her baby girl, Aluong Makor Manhiem, into the world.
This is the second successful breech birth for Ayen delivered in our clinic. She is a very happy mother and her faith in God has been strengthened. I told her it is God using His people in amazing ways to help her.”
If Ayen had birthed at home she would likely have died. The answer to South Sudan’s maternal mortality is qualified midwives who can prevent 90% of maternal deaths. We thank God for Annie and the rest of our IDAT clinic team, who depend on God for guidance and save lives like Ayen’s every day!