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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Video Update #2 - A life without hope

This week I visited a woman in Freedom Park whose second twin infant just died.  I had visited this same woman about a month ago when the first twin had died.  I'm not sure if I've ever seen someone with such a hopeless and helpless spirit.  It was as if she had literally given up on life.  

The local caregiver that has helped counsel this woman regarding her HIV medication told me that they've taken her off of the HIV treatment program.   They regularly do this when a patient is not taking the initiative to care for their own health.

She told me that this woman can get free clean water by walking 15 minutes to the HIV clinic, but instead she chooses to buy the dirty pond water that is sold by unscrupulous water peddlers.  She has chosen convenience over her own health and the health of her children.  

It is quite sad to see the human condition without hope.  I can bring her a sack of food to sustain her for the day, but only Christ can bring her the hope that she needs to turn her life around.


1 comment:

  1. HIV (not to mention how she contracted it). The death of two children.

    I can’t help to think of Nietzsche’s quote;
    “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.”

    May you and your family be the light that restores courage for those too afraid of “hope.” And may your compassion carry the face of Christ. Thanks for being on the front line.