Today is day two coping with the illness of Malaria. I say coping because it seems I have no power over the disease or the symptoms. I thought at first the high fevers were the worst part, but after today not being able to stand up without getting sick at my stomach has been worse than the fevers.

I don’t remember the last time I spent so much time in bed. However, the time in bed has given me the opportunity to do some reflecting and just simply rest.

I came here to Africa knowing there would be a good possibility that I would contract Malaria. Malaria prevention isn’t like some of the other illnesses that you can take a shot and be protected for an extended period of time. The oral preventative medicines for Malaria work well, but cannot be taken for an extended period of time without creating other problems. So, I am thankful to have made it over 3 months without getting it before now.

There is not a day that goes by here that I don’t see a child with Malaria. Now because God allowed me to get sick with it, I have more compassion and understanding. I think I was compassionate before I got sick, but now having to suffer through the illness, I understand the physical conditions that accompany Malaria and the limitations it creates for you.

I’m so thankful for all of your prayers and emails. It has helped me through the past couple of days to get up for few minutes and find words of prayers and love being sent from home. Please keep praying for my healing and for God to use this time to grow me in ways He knew I needed to grow in.

Love to all,

Joy Breedlove

Missionary – East Africa