Blessing the Children in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia has been so blessed to receive missionaries from all over the world. Europe, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, and most recently, we were blessed to have Helene Leis visit us all the way from Canada.
Helene came to serve Blessing the Children by performing health exams for the newest and sickest of our children. She came prepared to perform a full health exam on the children. She then was able to make recommendations to our staff to let us know who needed to see the doctor and what the possible issues are.
Helene served with BCI for two weeks. During those two weeks she examined more than 30 children. But not just a quick exam either, she spent around 1 hour with each child asking many questions of the mother or guardian to get a full health picture of the child. She then made many notes on the child’s file so BCI can follow up with local doctors.
During those two weeks Helene also held a first aid training and a nutrition class for moms in the BCI program. In the nutrition class, Helene taught the women proper nutrition for their little ones. She also answered any questions that the mothers had about their babies’ health.
She also held a first aid training class for the BCI social workers and teachers. This was a great opportunity to teach proper responses to accidents and illnesses that arise with having lots of little people running around!
Helene is very much a go-getter. She is the type of person that can get things done. We have one child in the program, Nati, that has been sick for quite some time with a serious heart condition. We have been trying to get him to the right doctor that can perform his surgery or send him overseas to have it done. Helene was able to set up an appointment for Nati with a highly specialized doctor in Addis Ababa that frequently sends children to India for surgery. We found out more about Nati’s condition but we are also praying that this doctor is able to help Nati.
Even though it is a joy and a blessing when God sends us to serve Him in different places, it can also be overwhelming at times. Helene was overwhelmed by the poverty that she witnessed in Debre Zeit. Also, some of the mothers of the children expected Helene to heal their children and this caused Helene a lot of heart ache when she was unable to. Missions trips can be filled with ups and downs but God meets us in those low times and shows us that we are making a difference in the lives that we touch. God doesn’t expect us to go and change a nation but He calls us to obedience. When we follow Him, He will use us in unmeasurable ways.
We are so thankful that Helene left the comforts of home to serve our children!