Nutrition Village Saves Lives
by Dr. Rob Congdon
13 June 2012
Desperation prompted Nyajima’s mother to bring her emaciated two-year-old daughter to SIM’s Nutrition Village in Doro, South Sudan. Nyajima’s playful childhood ended during a month of untreated illness.
Nyajima’s bony face was expressionless, her mouth tightly shut. Fed by syringe, she swallowed the milk a sip at a time. Slowly, the tide turned; her weight stopped falling, her eyes became watchful. In the second week, her face brightened. “I painted her fingernails and she surprised me by trying to hold the bottle of polish... This was the first emotion I'd seen.” Her mother began to laugh that day, interacting with Nyajima, smiling, teasing; a ray of hope that her child might live.
Her mother smiles and laughs often now, and the team celebrates with her. Along with medication, they prayed for Nyajima daily and shared with her mother that Jesus is the One who heals. “Each day I'm more confident,” Sheila says, “that He has a plan into the future for this precious little girl.”
Opportunites to Serve
Our SIM team in Doro, South Sudan, is asking God for more people to join them who love the Lord and are willing to love and serve the people of South Sudan. Some openings are: