Mase, her Mom and me

This is a picture of 6 year old Mase and her Mom. 10 days ago we visited her after we were told she had an injured leg. We found her lying on a dirty mat on the ground under a tree. She had broken her leg a few weeks back and it wasn’t put into a cast until a couple of weeks before we arrived. It was placed in a cast after she developed two sores that were not healing. It was not clear at all if Mase would be able to keep her leg. I called my home church, Blackshear Place Baptist and the prayer need was sent out and God’s children begin to pray.

I took this picture of Mase today when I went back to check on her! Her leg is healing! I want to say a big thank you to my home church for their prayers…without a doubt, they were answered.

Now a new prayer request. I took this picture just before I left the orphan school this evening. I know it is graphic, but it is the real world here. This is a sore on the leg of one of our 12 year old girls whose name is Emilly. She is at school every day, hobbling around on it, but it is so evident with every step she is hurting.

Emilly’s Leg

This started out as a small sore and as you can see has turned into a major infection. She didn’t come and show the nurse until several days after it had became infected, so the infection had a huge start before treatment began. I tell you the truth, these children here are tough children. I watched Emilly yesterday and today as the nurse cleaned and changed the bandage. The tears rolled down her face and she kept trying to push the nurse away because it hurt so badly, but she never screamed out. Please join me in asking our Heavenly Father to heal her leg quickly. This is such a large wound and everything here is so unclean.

I can’t help but think how many children have I passed by in the same shape these two little girls are in. Not intentionally passed by, but how many children here are suffering that I just haven’t seen. The needs here are great and the workers are so few.

Once again I want to encourage you to prayerfully consider coming with one of teams scheduled to come this year. Pastor Kevin Ross of my home church is leading a team coming over in July. He has been here before and can answer any questions you might have. You can reach him at 770-534-7058.

It seems so petty and selfish for me to add this prayer need as well, but I believe God cares about ALL of of His children’s needs. Today is day 7 with no running water or inside bathroom. In comparsion to Mase and Emilly this is soooo not as important. However, while you’re praying for them it would make me happy to know you are also praying for the water to begin here again!

Love to all,

Joy Breedlove

Missionary – East Africa