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A Light for Zimbabwe November 2011 Newsletter

posted Nov 14, 2011, 9:27 AM by Al Gallant   [ updated Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM ]
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 November 2011 Newsletter

November 2, 2011

  

Dear Friends and Family,  

                          

Flying over the oceans in the dark, I reminisce about the past 6 weeks. The container arrived in Harare on September 24th. Many happy people unloaded the boxes and arranged for them to be dispersed throughout the country. To my delight (and relief!) the anesthetic machine, EKG and incubator arrived at Mt. Selinda Hospital safely.

 

Last year, a former Zimbabwean missionary from Mozambique introduced me to Leslie, a charming teen-age boy with Cerebral Palsy. Although he speaks little English, his eyes speak volumes! His 2 words in English, "Thank You", are loud and clear, and are accompanied by his contagious smile. As he is growing taller, his mother finds it more difficult to carry him. Leslie's father has a heart condition preventing his lifting Leslie.

 

Unbeknown to me, a special young lady named Brie Dillon passed away a year ago at the age of 25. Her parents learned of Leslie's needs through a church presentation in New Hampshire. They generously donated Brie's wheelchair. With a few minor adjustments, this chair is a perfect fit for Leslie. Brie's bells have accompanied the chair and will continue to be heard around the world.

 

Of course a trip to Zimbabwe always includes visits with all the children whom our donors sponsor. With assistance from teachers, headmasters and pastors we evaluate "our kids", encourage them and, make needed changes. Most of the teenagers were happy to have their photos taken, like Leslie (above) and Nomatta (left). These children work hard in their classes and yet they find time to bring us buckets of water and to visit with us.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Ann

 

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