I don’t know what to do.
He has been crying for hours. I have tried everything; I applied some lotion to the darkening bruise and I fed him some milk, but still, he cries and cries. My husband, when are you coming home? Our baby fell from the stairs with his stroller earlier when I wasn’t looking. I think it is just more than a bruise, maybe he broke his arm? But I’m not sure… I don’t know what to do! It’s late at night and I can’t bike to the doctor alone with the baby and leave the kids alone at home.
My dear, please come home soon and help our son. He is in pain, he doesn’t deserve this.
Oh, this reminds me of the past when our daughter had Malaria. So many children died, so many parents grieved. If only they had known the symptoms, if only there were more access to medical care, If only they knew what to do, if only…
But our daughter survived. So now our little boy must survive as well! Husband, we have overcome many obstacles in raising our kids…Yes, we were not educated and that makes us unaware of a lot of things. Yes, we don’t have much to offer to them as we live in poverty, but we must not give up.
I think about you, my little one, and your sister and brother. All day long and in my dreams I think about you three. For nine months I cared for you while you are in my womb, surely I will not stop now. My little one, I know my tears won’t stop your pain right now, but know that my heart is breaking as I see you crying in pain. Forgive me, my little one! Forgive me for I did not prevent this from happening and I wasn’t there for you.
My poor little one, you won’t cry much longer because your father is coming home soon. He will come and get us to see the doctor and everything will be fine. Everything will be fine…
This story is one of millions when it comes to struggles that mothers all around the world face. Many mothers, especially those who live in developing countries, have difficulties in providing adequate medical care to their children. Many mothers are unaware of how to prevent and treat illnesses for their children.
Babies in poverty are the world’s most vulnerable citizens. Babies who live in extreme poverty have a 95 percent chance of dying before they reach the age of five.
You might see this coming; “Okay…another attempt to ask for donations!” Sure, money is tight. No matter what your occupations are, no matter what your reasons are: I know, we know.
This is for those who are able, for those whose hearts are touched, and for those who are willing to sacrifice. I invite you to help mothers around the world as we celebrate Mother’s Day today.
The Child Survival Program from Compassion International helps save the lives of babies and mothers in poverty by utilizing local churches to assist mothers of at-risk infants and toddlers. Mothers will receive supplies and training provided by the donations to this program.
The story above is about my mother. The little baby is my younger brother. My dad came home that night and together with my mom, they were able to rush my little brother to the hospital and received treatment.
My little brother is now healthy and 17 years old and he is doing great things with his hands. He taught himself piano and guitar! But imagine with me, imagine that my dad did not come home that night? What if my little brother was not able to get the treatment that he needed right away? I am sure this story would have a different ending.
In light of Mother’s Day today, tell your mother that you appreciate her. She deserves it. For all that she has done and for you and who she is, love her.
Thank you mother.
My mother and I in 2010 at home in Indonesia.
I would like to share an exciting news with you all! I got an internship with a non-profit called Live58 in Colorado Springs this summer.
What is Live58? That is a good question. Well, in short it is basically a movement to end extreme poverty in our lifetime through authentic Christian living. It is based on Isaiah 58. To get an idea about the horrific reality of poverty in today’s world, I would encourage you guys to watch 58: The Film.
What will I do at Live58 as an intern? I’ll be a journalism and social media intern! I will do a lot of research, write stories, manage social media accounts, and create community projects that challenge people to do something.
I am so excited for this opportunity with Live58 because I got to use my passion and talents advocating in issue of social justice and to make an impact to the community.
If you are interested in supporting my summer please follow this link.
More to come as the summer is rolling in!
It’s Thursday evening, and tonight is the night that we have our bible study with the international students. It has become a routine for me to write a new song every week, i stopped for a while but now i got back into the track! So this week God’s word just pour in to my heart and i’m writing this song..it doesn’t have a title yet! Here’s the snippet of the song and they all are taken from the scriptures :)
“Then everyone deserted Him and fled..”
Anyone know where this verse comes from?
Love and Peace,
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
I have not been excited about school these past few weeks. I can’t really focus on my school works and that’s a bad idea since finals week is approaching. All i want to think about is the certainty of my future whether it’s about my summer or life after graduation. I know that i have to give it all to the Lord and trusting him with everything.
Meanwhile when i was checking my mailbox, i saw a letter from Compassion. I was getting excited, i love getting stuffs from them! I opened the mail and there was a letter attached with a drawing and a photo. It was from a child that i sponsored through the ministry. Instantly, my whole body was filled with joy and excitement. I read the letter over and over again and i am so happy that he is doing well and enjoying life. He told me that he’s excited about going to school and enjoyed playing sports.
The humbleness and the excitement of a 9-year old that expressed through a letter to his adult friend who lives ten of thousands miles away are precious to me. He said thank you for being his sponsor and for sending him a photo of me. I am happy..really happy! I couldn’t stop smiling because i’m happy to know that he is cared, loved and growing up pursuing Christ. People would say that my little donation to a child through monthly sponsorship will change the child’s life, but for me he is changing mine. He opened my eyes to see the world outside of my little bubble, he inspires me to be responsible with the resources that God gave me, and most of all he gives me the joy of compassion through Christ.
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”
I woke up this morning with joy. It was a strange feeling, the first song that came through my head was “You Are My Passion” by Jesus Culture. So i got up and listened to it, it’s like a breakthrough. This week has been challenging in many ways, but i have to always remember that He is my passion, not other things.
“My soul delights because i am yours”
Psalm 139 also has been in my mind a lot! It inspired me that God knows everything about me inside out.