Tuesday, 16 November 2010

News from Sarah in SL...Re-entry to Freetown

Hi everyone,

After 3 months back in the UK I returned to a sunny, rainy Sierra Leone. The rains are now becoming less and less frequent leaving little evidence other than many more potholes in the roads. Abu continued the work has written a short summary of his antics while I was away (see previous blog entry).

Shortly after arriving back here I was joined by Sarah Arbery, an English A & E nurse, due to start her training next year. It has been great to have another person join the team, providing a sounding board for decisions, IT training for Abu and increased enthusiasm & creativity for working with the children. She goes back to the UK on 21st December.

Part of a new venture (which you may remember me asking you to pray for earlier this year) has been some therapy groups based at our house. There are a few hiccups to iron out - such as people turning up 1 hour 40 minutes early, or one hour late to the same group - but it has been a great chance to work more intensely with the small numbers of children that have come.

Above: Group for under 2's with Developmental delay/cerebral palsy; picture on left shows
sensory play with Johanis, picture on right shows Abu working with Ibrahim and his mum;

Below: Group of toddler age children who can weight bear but need assistance to walk, photos show Sarah Arbery and Abu working with Barak
Abu supporting Barak to stand up to a ball pool...well our improvisation of a ball pool anyway.
Alternate weeks we have a co-ordination group, which is lots of fun and involves
various balance games, crafts and big action songs. These photos were taken at the most recent group and show Salimatu and Yusef playing balloon volleyball (left) & Salimatu following Sarah through an obstacle course while balancing a ball on a spoon (right).

Living Situation: Our 3 bedded apartment now houses Sarah, myself, and a SLeonean family. This can be fun although definitely much noisier and busier than before I left.

It took a little longer than I anticipated to settle back in to life and work here. I am grateful that God has been helping me through this process as well as putting amazing people around me to support and encourage me. Again really appreciate your prayers more than I can express in words. Please do keep praying for our work and my time here. God has already answered so many prayers since I have been back, reminding me regularly how essential prayer is.

Please could you pray for
· Abu: he has been sick this week with diagnosed Typhoid and has had a cold on and off since rainy season. Please pray that he is completely healed.

· For Sarah Arbery during the rest of her time here, that she would stay healthy,
enjoy her time and that it would have a lasting impact on her (positively)

· For the group work: For wisdom about how to do the timing of the groups to
maximise this as a resource and how to/whether to continue this in the new year.

· That I am able to be patient and gracious in my living situation.
Thank you so much for you're ongoing support.
Kind Regards from the Enable the Children team in Sierra Leone.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Abu's Rainy Season Report

It's been a while since you've had any news, that is because our expat staff have been on leave in the UK... but none the less the work has continued and here is Abu's report on how it went...

To start with, I want to thank Jesus for his compassion and loving kindness to the disabled children and I. During the rainy season I was working under the heavy rains, thunder and lightening on Western and Eastern parts of Freetown in Sierra Leone.
Over the rainy season I was able to visit all of out patients in their houses for a session. I saw much improvement. The patients that need assistance with posture, sitting balance, standing and walking I was able to distribute equipment to them, such as adjustable home made chair, gaiters, corner seat, standing frame, elbow crutches, auxiliary crutches, gig and walking frame. The rain makes work especially hard. Most days it rained which makes the roads flooded. I got very wet and also the patients notes. Unfortunately we lost 2 of our patients, one in July and one in August. Praise God they are with Jesus now.

From Abu Bangura.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Why the quietness?...

Well... as many of you will know, earlier this year I got engaged to the lovely Rob. Deciding there was no need to hang about we got planning our wedding in 5 months or so then had the most amazing day of our lives on 2nd October 2010
and married life since has been no disappointment!

Since many of you supporters know me personally I thought you might like to see some pictures....

However life has also gone on in Sierra Leone. Still doing at least a day a weeks voluntary work for ETC there certainly seems to be more than enough to keep me busy with PR, fundraising, meetings, answering enquiries and encouraging and advising the ETC field team.

Sarah Withers (ETC Occupational Therapist) was back for some leave over the British summer which left Abu doing home visits to our families to keep them all going in one way or another. However being rainy season in SL, it is a struggle to get anywhere - public transport often grinds to a halt because everywhere is flooded, climbing steep hillsides to our families homes often become too dangerous to pass, and sadly some of our patietns who are weak and vulnerable anyway get seriously sick. Still Abu does what he can.

Plans for ETC's next season are well under way. Sarah Arbery is the new member to join the ETC team. She is a British A+E nurse about to start her full training early next year. Sarah will work in SL from Oct-Christmas assisting Abu with home visits and mentoring him further with his computer skills. She will also help to set up the new group sessions of theraplay that we are hoping to start as soon as Sarah W returns as well.

So, plans continue to grow and develop... soon you will hear about this all becoming reality.

Since I am no longer living in SL, do bear with us in getting news from there, sometimes computer problems or electricity failures or pure exhaustion mean that it can take time for the team to update us here in the UK.

Be be assured, the work goes on, the children are improving and the workers are sure working hard!

Thanks for your patience.


Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Great feedback from our NEW website

We've had such wonderful feedback from our new website, I thought I'd share some of it to make those of you who've not seen it yet go and have a peek...

Great website!!!!
how impressed I am with your website. It looks really excellent ... the logo, the photos, the content
absolutely amazing
It is nice and easy to navigate and easy to read
what a delight
A very moving experience looking through the pages of this web site
It provided a very good background to the work being done and will hopefully inspire many

The site looks great, very professional and informative.
It is easy to use and uncluttered.
I think its great!!!!!!!
What a professional looking website. Well done.Looks Fab. Really easy to use and clear to read.
Great stuff. Well done!!!
This is fabulous
Thanks to all who gave us feedback... keeping talking about it - it's great publicity for us!!

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Interviews coming up...

That's right.... time for interviewing again.

The ~Enable the Children~ team in Sierra Leone are on the look out for a new Rehab Assistant to train up.

A large part of our aim is to pass on therapy skills to national Sierra Leoneans by having them work practically with us as well as more formal study.

However finding people who are willing to work hard and study hard, work with children who are often outcast due to their severe disability as well as crossing other cultural boundries like getting on the dirt floor to play with these children and sometimes being dribbled (or worse!) over.... it's not an easy person to come by.

So please pray with us that we find the right person.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

~Enable the Children~ WEBSITE LAUNCH :o)

It has been a while coming, but I'm pleased to announce the launching of


It's a great read and looks amazing thanks to the same guy who designed
our logo Huw Briscoe (
www.unfoldstudio.com). He and I have worked hard
on the content and you'll even recognise some of the faces!

It would be great if you CHECK US OUT and send in comments/thoughts on what you see!!
I'd love to hear from you.

Abu and Sarah continue visiting our families out in Sierra Leone as the rainy season starts. Please keep them and their safety in mind at this time. More updates to follow....

Thanks to you all


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

~Enable the Children~ BLOGGING...

For the past few months, most of you will know that I have been settling back to life in the UK, while the work of ~Enable the Children~ has continued in Sierra Leone.

My exciting news is that a few weeks ago the lovely Rob proposed to me and I said yes! So we're now happily engaged and looking forward to the rest of our lives together. Wedding planning should be a doddle after trying to organise a project in Sierra Leone, but I'll let you know if that is the case after October, by which point we should hopefully be married!

Sarah, however, has been faithfully plodding along in the heat and now rains with Abu in Sierra Leone, visiting our families and working with our disabled children.

Till now, this blog has been a personal blog, mostly updating supporters with the news from Sierra Leone. Now that I have returned to the UK, I have decided that the blog will become a news update place for ~Enable the Children~. Sarah's newsletters from Sierra Leone will be posted here, as well as any news from ~Enable the Children~ generally.

I have back posted Sarah's newsletters from

So have a read


continue to watch this space for all ~Enable the children~ updates.

Thank you for your support. If there is any other info you would like to contact me about or you are interested in supporting us further, please do not hesitate to email me vez@junglephysio.co.uk

Sunday, 16 May 2010

SARAH's news.... April / May 2010

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all well and enjoying the Spring!

The last month and a half here in Freetown has been lots of fun. The main event has been our Beach Gathering on 24th April...this is an annual get together on the beach organised by Enable the Children, which all the children and their families we work with are invited to. For families and carers it's a fantastic opportunity to meet others in a similar situation to themselves and to support each other. For the children it's a chance to have fun playing in the sand and sea - this might be their only trip to the beach within the year.

Around 85 people came (picture above under the shade of a tree) and we spent the morning with a mixture of playing, chatting together, singing, and sharing food and drink.
The biggest highlights for me were the smiles on the children's faces and hearing some of
conversations between the mums particularly one lady when she discovered her child was
not the only one unable to walk at 2 years old.
The photos above show the children playing in the water, Abu playing in the sand with Zainab (a girl with cerebral palsy) and her sister and myself holding Ramatu (a 17 month old with hydrocephalus, poor eyesight and hearing).

You may remember from previous newsletters that we gave Ramatu's mum, Fatmata (pictured left with Ramatu), a small loan to start a business. I'm really happy to report that this is going well and she has already started re-paying the loan and she seems much more positive about life and caring for Ramatu.

You may also remember reading about Kadija, a little girl who acquired her neurological problems after being abducted. We have now done a follow up visit to deliver and fit the gaiters (leg splints) and a stranding frame, as photographed. We also reviewed her exercise program, which the carers have been doing brilliantly with since out initial visit.

Other updates:

· It has been fab to have my friend Becky Harris to visit for a month. She divided her time between Enable the Children and my housemate's organisation, called Word Made Flesh (working in one of the slum areas of Freetown). We also had a chance to get some very relaxing and entertaining beach visits in.

· City of Rest: We are starting to explore making paper beads with the ladies as an income generating project, as inspired by Sue Smith's project with ladies in Uganda. I have also been running an art group for anyone who wants to come. What I love about this group is that some of the most keen participants are individuals who aren't able to engage in a lucid conversation because of their state of mental health.

· Mercy Ships: Their birthing centre now is now officially opened. I continue to go there one day a week to assess children referred by the outpatient clinic and to make cards with the ladies.

· We now have a room for some office space to have meetings, training and store the equipment. I am very pleased that I will no longer have to share my room with boxes of toys, walking aids and many other random items.

I am very thankful to God for a fantastic month and for how he has brought all the things together for the work in a way I could never have done in my own strength.

Thank you for your continued prayers, and if you get a chance I would love if you could pray for:
· New work colleagues to join the team (both Sierra Leonian and professional expats) to increase our capacity to see the many children that are referred to us.

· Someone to live in my house while I'm away over the summer, as my housemate will also be away and it would be good to have someone in the house.

· We would like to start some group work after the summer to provide an ongoing type of support group for the families we work with. Please pray that we can get this from an "ideas" stage to this being a practical reality.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Extremes and Website, on it's way...

The last few months have been somewhat busy.

My transition back into the UK has had it's ups and downs. There have been such special times with friends and family with many events like Christmas, birthday's and Easter. And settling down into working in NHS hospitals and with patients in the community in the UK has been a huge adjustment too - the diagnostic facilities here are amazing, as are the medicines, the wide range of highly skilled professionals, even access to equipment, bathrooms and clean running water are alien to our children and their families in Sierra Leone.

Why are there such extremes in this world?

No-one can answer that, but we all can live in a way that is respectful and caring of others around us, both near and far. And those of us living in such priveledged societies, make sure we are thankful and appreciative of those blessings.

The news from ~Enable the Children~ is that we have been working hard on a new short film clip and website (http://www.enablethechildren.org/).

Watch this space, but they are going to be amazing!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

SARAH's news.... Feb / March 2010

Greetings from sunny Sierra Leone...
I hope the above photos, taken by my sister on her visit here in February, will convey to you some of the colour and beauty of this lively city I now call my home.

Time is flying by here, so here is just a quick overview of the last couple of months:

· Amara, the boy who was paralysed from the waist down after contracting TB spine, continues to do well. He is now walking without his crutches, able to kick a football, and, as the photo, shows he is riding a bike!

· One of our 24 new community assessments since January was Emmanuella (photographed left), a 7 year old girl, had no therapy prior to our visit. We set up a home exercise program so family can continue therapy in between our visits, working on developing her muscle strength and balance, tongue control (for slurred speech)
& pre-writing skills. We hope she will be accepted to SOS school for the physically disabled, as she has never been to school.

· As a Team we found a practical way to help Ramatu's mum, Fatmata, who was struggling financially we have given her a small loan to enable – her to start a portable business (selling cosmetics from a basket on top of her head).
Another family we are hoping to help in a similar way is that of Daniel, age 9, who was unable to get medical attention for his meningitis in time and as a result has severe learning difficulties and epilepsy. His mum has been unable to continue working and is now his full-time carer. We are sending him to the epilepsy centre for an assessment and medication and talking with the mum about any business opportunities we may be able to support her with setting up.

· We ventured up-line (out of Freetown) to do a one off assessment with Kadija, pictured left, who was abducted and used in a traditional medicine rite. It's unclear exactly what happened but as a result she has a significant neurological impairment. We are assisting the charity working with her by arranging to have gaiters and a standing frame made, and training their staff on how to best to work with her.

The Team:
Unfortunately Josephine has left the team in order to have more time to develop her
own business. This has made the work load a bit more demanding and we will need to think about looking for another Sierra Leonian to join the team and train as a rehabilitation assistant.

February has been my most challenging month here yet. In all of it God has given me the necessary strength to walk an often uncertain path, growing my trust in Him and teaching me the importance of listening to his heart for this place, the team, the children and their families that we see. He has also provided me with many supportive, lovely people here, which has been an amazing help!

I can't say enough how much I value your prayers they are – much like the roots of a tree giving us a stable foundation from which to reach out to the children and families of Sierra Leone.

Please pray for:
· Our Team: for God's perfect timing re increasing the team again and the right person for the job. Please pray for Abu and myself as we continue the work and try to juggle the demands of our heavy workload.

· Fatmata as she starts her new business and also Daniels family as we explore how best to help them

· Those of you who know Becky Harris (Mercy Vineyard) will know she is coming to visit me for a month to work with our team & another organisation called Word made Flesh. Please pray for her to have a safe journey, good health and an amazing time while she is here!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

A long overdue update...

Dear Friends,
It's seems far too long since I wrote to you all last, and I apologise for the silence. As you know in the last few months I have been transitioning back to life in the UK, and it's certainly been a bumpy ride (though the roads are notably smoother over here!). It's not until you return to your supposedly 'normal' culture that you realise quite how much you have adjusted to your 'foreign' culture. Still, slowly life is becoming more 'normal' – grey skies and freezing winds are as miserable as I ever remember! Christmas and New Year has been full of wonderful times with friends and family, and Rob and I are fuzzy with excitement of being able to spend as much time as we like together (and he's not sick of me yet!).
From my last month in Sierra Leone, there were some encouraging moments that just left me with smiles.

Minkalu Junior – the police lady's son with quadriplegic cerebral palsy started school. He sits proudly at the front of his class in the chair we provided, and participates well verbally. We are yet to see how he manages with written tasks along with his peers. Abu and Sarah will continue to work with him on that, and will also advise the teacher. It was a privilege to see him amongst his classmates and since he is well know in the community he seems to have plenty of friends in the playground too.

Then there is Mamasu, a teenage girl with Cerebral Palsy who gave up on school last year as she was never passing Class 1 (with 6 yr olds). We have over the months been trying to get her into various vocational training placements, but since she is wheelchair bound it was difficult to find somewhere she could travel to by being pushed and once there could actually get inside. Finally Abu and Mamasu's mum found a kind tailor in the area who agreed to have Mamasu help him in the mornings. We watched to see his commitment to teaching her and we were happy to see that after a month the sessions were still going. Thanks to a kind donation from Mercy Ships, we were then able to present Mamasu with her own hand sewing machine and a box of threads and equipment. And as you can see she is thrilled with this. Pray with us that Mamasu will utilise this opportunity to be what she can be and that the tailor will continue patiently with her.

Before I left Sierra Leone in December, still so much more was happening than I could ever report back to you. If you want to see the real busyness of life out there, you really have to go and experience it for yourself. Sarah is finding that out, and since being there alone she has done a wonderful job of learning to juggle it all. I am supporting her with regular Skype calls, and she reports back that Abu is helping make some of the decisions as they go along. It's a joy to hear the work going on so well. Josephine too is continuing to work with Sarah twice a week and for both assistants, training in more Occupational Therapy skills continues.

Other current news from out in SL, Sarah has moved to a new apartment in Freetown with some American friends of ours running another Christ-centred programme with vulnerable children. It is a great move to be more central and will cut out much traffic time and has space for teaching. It may also lead on to having a more permanent office base there, which I dream might be utilised for theraplay groups offering support for the mums and a safe play space for the children with disability. It has been a real blessing to be helped along with wisdom, advice and encouragement from other similar organisations, and we give God thanks for them, whom without, ~Enable the Children~ would not be in existence.

Having now returned to the UK, ~Enable the Children~ work continues here for me and it's certainly keeping me on my toes. The biggest change you should know about is that we have come under the registered charity Links International (http://www.linksinternational.org.uk/). They act as an umbrella organisation and represent many smaller projects around the world. They will handle the finances and send it across to Sierra Leone when we request it (providing it's there!). The main reason we have done this, is that now we are officially recognised in Sierra Leone, we also want to have a more official front here in the UK.

So what will this mean for you as supporters?
We would love you to continue your support of our work in Sierra Leone if you still feel able to do so. The money you give pays for Abu, Josephine and Abdul's salary, the on-going costs of running Bertie the Landrover so we can get around, the specialist equipment we design and make with local craftsmen, donations to families in particular need, contributions to medical expenses of our disabled children if they go to other institutes for treatment, occasional sponsorship of our children into schools and many other day to day costs. We keep accurate records of our expenditure and are thankful for every penny that goes towards meeting these costs, without your generous provision we would not be able to continue this much needed work.

How can you give now?
For those who are already supporting I will contact you shortly about transferring your donation to Links International.
For those who want to start giving it's easy. All you need to do it send a cheque to Links International Trust, PO Box 198, Littlehampton, W.Sussex, BN16 3UQ. Make the cheque out to Links International Trust but clearly identify that it's for ~Enable the Children~ Acct No. 3507. However, if you pay tax we can also reclaim the gift aid if you sign a declaration, (can be found at www.linksinternational.org.uk/Give) or please do drop me an email, and I'd be glad to show you the way.

What else is new?
- Well, I hope to get a website up and running in the near future. This is a task I feel overwhelmed by, but one that once running will really advertise our work positively.
- Sarah's sister is currently out in SL, and she is gathering film footage of our day to day work. We hope she will then be able to turn this into a short presentation of our beautiful kids and our wonderful team doing their stuff.
- Having visited Church Mission Society (http://www.cms-uk.org/) my sending organisation last week, they continue to want to be linked with ~Enable the Children~ and support us with the HR of sending more people out. I hope to be getting involved in training more qualified therapists in this country in how to adapt their skills to work in poorly-resourced countries such as SL.
- We are also urgently looking for another qualified Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist to go out to Sierra Leone and work alongside our team. If any one knows of someone who might be interested, please do let me know.
- As life settles for me, I'd also like to make myself available to come and visit different groups, both contacts of old and new places. There is so much I can report back on, and as most of you will know, my enthusiasm and love for these children best comes across when I tell their stories. If that might interest you, then please do get in touch, though beware it will not be for a while yet, too much job hunting to be done.

We'd still like to keep you in touch with what is going on in Sierra Leone, and so I will send on Sarah's newsletter instead of mine. You will however also hear from me from time to time. If you would no longer like to receive these emails please do reply me and I will 'unsubscribe' you! We will not be offended and in fact it's a privilege to have had you on board till now. We are so thankful for all who have given of time and money, prayers and encouragement, clothes, toys and chocolate! I want to personally say it has been true honour to me to have been able to do and see and achieve all that ~Enable the Children~ is now, thank you for helping me along, and let's give the glory and credit to our faithful Father in heaven.

My goodbyes in Sierra Leone were as you can imagine extremely difficult. I stumble even now as I think back to the many great friends I had made. The families were humbly grateful for what we do for them, and the children's courage and determination is nothing short of incredibly inspiring. Many tears flowed and many prayers prayed. Out of their little they gave a lot – a lot of love and life and hope. With so much despair in the world, and so much 'aid' being given, sometimes we can wonder where is it all going and is it all worth it. There are people in Sierra Leone who have the will to change their future, many of those are the children and families served by ~Enable the Children~ and of course people like Abu, Josephine and Sarah. As Mother Teresa once said 'In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.' And it has been with that great love that has been shown to me by Jesus, that I have indeed tried to be the gentle and devoted hands and feet of Jesus in the desperate places I found myself.

The memories will go on with me forever, and having founded ~Enable the Children~ not only will the work develop, but I'll have the privilege of being involved from the sidelines, most probably forever too. I am very sure that my feet will reach the red soils of Sierra Leone again, but for now I hand on the baton to the ~Enable~ team.

On this note, I will leave you to the joys of the SOS children at my farewell. We had an afternoon of fun and madness, they sang songs they had written for me, we shared soft drinks and presents.... an incredibly moving afternoon. All was well until Jeneba (see on my back) often a stubborn and difficult girl started the tears and begging me to stay, then Hawanatu, then Abu, Ishmael and Kadiatu, Isatu, Mohammed and Emmanuel.... before I knew it all the rest were all crying too. Such a sad day for me – and those cheeky rascals still managed to jump on Bertie and barricade my exit route!! One day I will return to see those beautiful faces again!
With love from Vez

matthew 19:14

Jesus said “let the little child come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”

Saturday, 30 January 2010

SARAH's news.... Jan 2010

Hi everyone,
Happy new year from Freetown! January has been a busy month it – feels like I have been back here for a long time now, here are a few of the main events:

· Both I and Enable the Children have successfully re-located to an apartment in town (photo left is moving day featuring Abu, Rehab Assistant, Falla, who works for mercy ships & helped us move, and Abdul, our driver). I have moved in with 2 American girls who have been incredibly helpful and supportive to me personally at to Enable the Children as an organisation.
Thank you for all the prayers with regards to moving house. I'm absolutely certain that this is where God wants me and am once more astounded by God's goodness and provision to me in this move.

· The visits to the disabled children and their families continue to go well – Abu and Abdul did an amazing job at keeping the team going in the absence of the rest of the team during December.

· Amara, the boy with spinal TB, continues to improve and was recently photographed riding a bike.

· We have been experimenting with some Occupational Therapy specific projects, including a one handed kitchen aid (made with the carpenter) and we are currently negotiating widening the doorway & building a ramp up to a girl called Mamasu's house to enable her to get out of her house independently. Mamasu is a full-time wheelchair user as the result of cerebral palsy affecting her legs.

· This month has felt like a time where we have needed to offer encouragement, hope and prayer to mums who feel isolated and unsupported; we have had the opportunity to pray with 2 mums in particular, Fatmata the mum of a little girl with hydrocephalus, and a 12 month old boy (called Greatman) with cerebral palsy's
mum as they both expressed feelings of hopelessness at their situation.

Enable the Children Team update:
As a team we are greatly missing our team founder Vez, who has now returned to the UK to continue the work there. In her absence, Abu and I are trying to jointly creatively solve some of the many issues that come up, most not at all therapy related!

Photo of Enable the Children team (from left to right is Vez,
Abu, Abdul, myself and Josephine)

Abu has been unwell (diagnosed with Typhoid last week), but
is thankfully now on the mend following a hospital trip and a
course of medication.
Josephine is still learning lots and starting to take a more
active role in therapy sessions and do parts of the initial

Since returning here I have found great comfort in this verse from James 1 in the message:

"If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father, He loves to help...ask boldly, believing,

without a 2nd thought."
I am grateful that God is able to do all. I sometimes feel out of my depth and but God is completely carrying me through and answering my many "help, what do I do?" type prayers in ways that can only be Him.

· Returning to work with the guests at the City of Rest has been good. One of the highlights has been a relaxation and anxiety management group that I have started with the ladies there. Also last week we had a slightly chaotic but very fun craft group with about 20 guests on the theme of rainbows and God's promises.

· Things are changing at the mercy ships land base as they undergo the founding of a much needed birthing centre in the next 2 months. My role at mercy ships will continue to be primarily therapy assessment for children referred by the mercy ships outpatient clinic and a craft group with the women who have had Fistula surgery.

I would really appreciate more of your prayers for:

· Wisdom for the many decisions that crop up for the day-to-day running of the team. These can be related to anything from maintenance on the car, to requests for money to just culturally knowing what is appropriate to do or say.

· Our families that struggle with the often thankless task of raising a disabled child, in a culture where sickness is seen as from the devil because of something the family or child have done. Please particularly pray for Fatmata and Greatman's mum.