August 31, 2015
This morning’s post come to us from Donor Engagement Officer, Bryan Farrar.
Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed. – Psalm 119:116
“God sustains me.” Nancy says, sitting on the bed of her cramped one room apartment, her husband sleeping just behind her, “Without Him, I would not be alive”. A simple, yet powerful statement that is the core of the CARE for AIDS program.
Three years ago, Nancy and her husband Duncan came to Kayole from rural western Kenya, hopeful for a better life. They were in their mid-twenties, young and newly married. He had secured a job roofing houses, she found work washing clothes. They set off to start their new life together, but things didn’t go as planned.
Soon after she moved to Kayole, she began to get sick more and more often. She ended up in the hospital, where the doctors tested her for HIV, and she found out she tested positive. Unsure of how she contracted HIV, Nancy struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide. She worries what will happen to her children if her health fails. The ARV medicine have made her sick, and her work is hard on her body. Their dreams of a better, more secure life have been seemingly crushed.
But God continues to sustain Nancy. Though she’s only in the beginning of the CARE for AIDS program, things are getting a little better. Her health is improving because she’s learning about the proper nutrition to take with her medication, and she enjoys her one on one time at the church with James, the spiritual counselor at the CFA center in Kayole. In short, her ambitions are being revived. She is excited to see her 5 and 7 year old children get an education, and dreams of opening a childcare center in Kayole to help other working families in the neighborhood.
We’re looking forward to hearing how Nancy’s life changes as a result of the medical and empowerment seminars she’s a part of through CFA, and how she begins to create a better future for her children over the coming years. Pray with us for her and her classmates in Kayole.