Friday afternoons are just the best days EVER.
Jim and I together went to visit my sweet little babes at the infectious diseases hospital. Typically the children I get to cuddle are ones who either are HIV+ or are still waiting for results of tests determining whether they are positive or not. The parents and grandparents have usually abandoned the children and they are simply waiting for the proper paperwork to be completed before they move to their new home — an orphanage. Often times the mothers are drug addicts or alcoholics and the maternal instinct has been effectively destroyed.
Today the children were HIV- but, nevertheless, the mothers had abandoned them.
As I have mentioned before, children are admitted WITH a parent when they are confined to a hospital. Most care is provided by the relative. The children in my room are ones with no relatives providing the extra care so needed by young ones. Because the staff is very limited, and their hands are full with the medical care of the children throughout the wing, these precious children have minimal time actually being held or rocked, caressed and kissed.
I have the most awesome privilege of joining two other women in paying special attention to these forgotten little souls.
A local fund has provided funds for two years so that two women could be hired to spend time each day with these children. What a blessing! The fund also provided money for disposable diapers, wipes, and additional food items for these orphans.
Please pray that the funds will be provided again this year — a decision is being made maybe even today. It seems that the fund is more interested in donating to the causes of homosexual marriages and silicone breast implants.
This ministry has had such a positive impact on these children — workers at the orphanage know which children spent time at this hospital and which didn’t! Do join us in praying for the continuance of this vital ministry!