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He Just Wants To Be A Kid

Posted on October 21, 2013 in General Ministry, Management, MMI, Patient Stories, Volunteering | 0 comments

Working in ministry is always a challenge, and there are times that the burden to raise money to operate the ministry, secure volunteers, etc. can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are the stories that come on a daily basis of the amazing work that is being done across the world.

This morning, I left my family at 4:00 a.m. to catch a flight for the East Coast of the U.S. We had a great weekend where my daughter’s high school band received all division 1 rankings and my son’s baseball team won its second straight tournament. They are great kids and it seems to hurt more and more when I have to leave them after such a great time. I tell you this story as I am sure many of you have been in a similar position, and I am living proof that we serve an awesome God…

As I landed after the first leg of my flights today, I received an e-mail from our MMI National Director in Ghana. I was just there a few weeks back and met a new friend, Ernest, who was suffering from polio related issues. Ernest could not walk, go to school like the other kids, and had to scoot along the ground to get around. My new little friend was a tough kid and he did not let his disability stop him from playing with friends, but I also knew that there was something we could do to help Ernest.

As soon as we arrived back in the States, we reached out to our friends at PET International. They hooked us up with Point Hope who provides PET cars that are designed for people who can not use their legs to get around. You pedal with your hands, and I knew if we could get one of these to Ernest, he would be able to go to school, attend church, etc. just like the other kids. We found out last week that the MMI Team in Ghana would be able to get one of these cars from Point Hope Ghana, and this weekend Ernest got his new PET car! Praise God!

There are so many kids like Ernest that are out there and we are working so hard each and every day to reach as many as possible. This is the kind of thing that keeps us working the long hours and spending time away from our families as we are part of God’s team. Ernest is off to school today for the first time, and God made it happen! It makes this Monday a great one, and I hope it makes yours too! Please keep our efforts in your prayers and support us financially if you can so we can reach more kids like Ernest!