|and Elmer making good use of "crib time|
Shortly after lunch, Dick called me from Mazatenango where he'd been on a Hope Haven wheelchair distribution. He told me he was bringing in another six year old to the malnutrition ward, and would I be available to meet them when they arrived in Antigua. We both were "flashing back" to about a year and a half ago, when we brought in Lisvi, another six year old, who is now with Jesus. As much as I wanted to "hide" from getting close to another starving child, there was no way I could say no when I heard the pain in his voice as he talked about her and her family.
Tonight I met Jessica Vanessa and her mom. I am always shocked when I actually hold these little ones. . .there was literally nothing to this child. Our guess is she is somewhere between 15 and 19 lbs. at age six. And she's beautiful. And she has more energy that anyone in her condition should have, and she has the sweetest smile. Mom is a widow, who was brave enough to come to the city with a man she had never met before, who didn't speak her language because she wants help for her daughter, and could see how much he cared. I can't imagine how scarey this decision and trip were to her, but Dick said she never hesitated once she found out there was a place to help her daughter grow. And Dick, I know, never hesitated to make this trip into the middle of nowhere to bring them to Antigua.