When I’m in a malnutrition clinic here in Angola, I’m delighted to hear crying babies drown out any cricket noises. A crying baby in a malnutrition clinic means they have enough strength to cry. A quiet & lethargic baby in a malnutrition clinic can be very disturbing to me. It’s even worse when a quiet baby in these clinics looks into my eyes & I don’t see anything beyond a glassy stare.
I’ve just spent the day at one of our 6 malnutrition clinics here in Angola & it’s uniquely unraveling to watch a baby struggle to survive.Add in a stretched thin mom, worried for her baby’s life, and this can become very unsettling. So how do I process not just one mom & baby in this scenario but not less than ten?
It helps to pray, for sure & it helps me to spend time & give genuine love. I know that God lives to spend time with you & enjoys your company!
I’ve been in Cambodia w some of our saving Moses team over the last few days looking into the possibility of launching our first nightcare initiative in Asia. Nightcare is what God has laid in my heart to help the least of the least – the infants & toddlers of prostitutes. Of course one of the consequences of working in the sex industry is that the prostitutes often become pregnant & because these babies are born in some extremely rough environments & conditions, they are often neglected & even abused sometimes while their moms are trying to earn a living. As a result, God has put the idea of nightcare into my heart (similar to the idea of daycare). We want to set up safe places for these infants & toddlers to be taken care of while their moms are away working. I want to help these innocent victims to have a safe place to sleep & receive care.
As such, we’ve been exploring various possibilities over the last few days & I’m extremely excited about the relationships that we have begun to explore & the future potential that these relationships can have maybe even change the future.
Please pray for us to have wisdom on how to proceed & favor for the right connections & relationships. With God, all things are possible!
The attached picture, is a baby that is a result of the prostitution industry 🙂
We are very busy trying to finalize all of the arrangements for our 1st trip to Angola in about 2 weeks. Alot of people don’t know too much about Angola, so here are some things to help you understand why we are going there:
Angola has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates one baby out of every 6-10 born doesn’t make it to the age of 5
Angola had civil war for around 30 years; when a country is unstable for this long, its most vulnerable citizens are the quickest to suffer the greatest (hence the need for SM in Angola)
Angola is the 2nd highest producer of diamonds & petroleum in sub-saharan Africa
It is located in the southwestern part of Africa, north of Namibia & south of Congo
Angola was a colony of Portugal for close to 400 years & received its independence in 1975
Decreasing infant mortality in nations like Angola can have some relatively easy solutions: clean water, immunizations & adequate nutrition. One of the things I love about Saving Moses is that things that we would consider “little” can save lives. Let’s do something to give an infant a fighting chance to not only survive, but thrive.