Most importantly, all have the opportunity to enter a side room in small groups for prayer. Skip and Barb poured out their hearts to woman after woman, hearing their worries, lending a compassionate ear, laying on hands and praying. Theses women carry heavy burdens of rejection by their families, abuse in their marriages, anxiety about who will care for their children when they die, weakness as they deal with their own declining health. Being heard, and being interceded for before God . . . these are gifts that the Ryans and Pastor Kisembo offered.
Finally there was a message to all: a sack of beans and a cup of oil given to the dying, God's miraculous provision to the widow that aided Elijah reflected in the present reality, a gift that can multiply into grace for many. Each woman was then called forward to receive the food, and a generous "transport" allowance (cash) to get it all home.
A LONG day, person after person, so much brokeness. Yet these are always celebratory days too, giving good-news test results to most, seeing growth and survival. And witnessing the partnership of a former team mate who advocates, a generous supporting couple who finances, nearly our entire team at work, a dozen health workers who give their all. We are grateful.