Reunion time fun with Papa
Following a summer trip volunteering with children with disabilities in an orphanage, I returned home and got a job working with children in the US with developmental disabilities like cerebal palsy, autism and Down syndrome. Several of these children I remember quite well. Some because they were fun to work with and others because they had behaviors that were challenging. “E” was a little boy who was challenging and much of that stemmed from difficulties in communicating what he wanted and needed. He worked hard with us to learn.
In July we attend my family’s reunion in Idaho. This was first time in probably close to 15 years that all of my cousins, aunts and uncles and grandparents were together in one place. It was a great time to see everyone again and to have the newest generation together. It went by far too quickly, but the final weekend we spent together at a camp ground. On that same weekend was also a camp for adults with developmental disabilities that attended with the company I once worked for. I saw “E” and several other campers that I had worked with when they were children. As I stood in the dining hall I watched as “E” approached one of the staff and told them what he wanted. He communicate clearly. There was no tantrum, but a calm interaction. It was thrilling to watch this young man who had come so far since I had known him. He still has his challenges, but there were many people who have walked beside him to help him make such progress.
Kudjip Nazarene Hospital has the opportunity to help people with disabilities as they seek medical help, however, there aren’t a lot of resources available once they leave the hospital. Dr. Erin recently wrote about a 12 year old girl named Anna who is paralyzed and came in to have bed sores treated. Would you read Anna’s story and pray for her. I am thankful for the help she is getting at the hospital and am praying for someone to step in and help when it is time for her leave.