Windows to the World
Longing to belong.
“Camelot”: a place in North Africa affectionately renamed by the doctor who has devoted her life to helping the community, a closed Muslim country that does not yet have the gospel and where there are no churches.
In October, ECW was blessed to participate with a team from York, Pennsylvania to be a part of what some would call a “frontier” trip.
There are many specific challenges for the disabled here. In this culture, it is customary to take meals and socialize sitting on the floor. Children with disabilities often have limited postural control and can be found lying flat on the floor unable to sit in the family circle, missing out on opportunities to learn and engage. W e worked with the families on how best to keep their children involved in family activities with positioning and play strategies. Our time spent with families in their homes revealed a generous culture of gratitude and friendship. They shared tea (and in some cases goats milk which is highly prized) and we were able to share that God’s grace brought us there to be with them. As followers of Christ we know that we are invited to be a part of what God is doing in the world, but sometimes it takes a willingness to take risks in order to bless others.
This reminds us of the story of Zacchaeus told in Luke 19. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and a marginalized member of his society just as many disabled people are. However, Jesus was interested in spending time with him and having a meal at his home. Although we don’t know what Jesus said to Zacchaeus after arriving at his home, we do see the result of their interaction: Zacchaeus was changed. Because of his encounter with Jesus that day, Zacchaeus was saved. Our obedience to Christ to go out into the “frontier” and engage in the fellowship of sharing a meal, serving, and enjoying each other’s company is a wonderful foundation for sharing the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
After the training, we were able to leave behind wheelchairs, gait trainers, and therapeutic supplies to aid in the development and educational support of the children at the hospital and the community . Our team experienced the joy of equipping and encouraging local caregivers to take an active role in loving well and meeting the mobility needs in their community .
As we celebrate God’s blessing in helping disabled children in North Africa, we remind you that you can get involved to help us further strengthen our work! Y ou can make a donation which will be invested so we can reach countless more disabled children in “Camelot”. W e are working on organizing future short term trips and a sponsorship program so that we can provide basic necessities such as a meal and clothing when children visit the hospital. If your workplace would like to get involved, we’d be delighted to have your company be a part of future stories. Thank you for your prayers and support as we seeks God’s guidance in serving around the world to extend His kingdom.
Download as a pdf here: Journal-Newsletter-North-Africa