Sunday, August 7, 2011
It’s normal here to see masses of sick people coming to the Faith Alive Clinic, but a rare day to see a parade of beautiful babies escorted into Team E (the pediatric medical team). In they came—one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Wow! Eight babies ranging in age from three weeks to six months, coming from a government orphanage for health checkups, the outcome deeming them eligible (or not?) for adoption.
Other than being malnourished, I didn’t see visible signs of sickness. Rotimi from the laboratory smiled broadly as staff fed the babies vitamin-fortified peanut butter and some type of drink. Surely his smile faded a little later when he had to pierce their tiny veins to draw blood for a multitude of medical tests. The results will not be known for a few weeks, but we are praying the babies are not HIV+. I’ll try to keep you posted.
The good news is that there’s a list of people waiting to adopt healthy Nigerian babies. The crazy news is that it is the government asking for help from Faith Alive instead of providing us support and financial assistance. But in God’s economy, He provides. The babies don’t care about the source—they just want food, warmth, love. Maybe one day they will parade back into Faith Alive with their permanent families.