Gentle hands guide a pain-wracked figure through the glass where legs, strengthened by nutrition, medication and God’s mercy bear a healthy body, a joyful heart and smiling face. Reconciled and redeemed by Christ she is now a new creature, the old things left behind and only new things ahead. Healed of past God concepts and renewed by God’s love she has been crucified in Christ and she is able to embrace the abiding of the Lord. She believes there is a call on her life and carries the sense of confident expectation that there is solid certainty in her life. Hope for her child and the coming generation bring a peace to her countenance.
I sat in awe of the freedom, emanating from the promise of life, which filled the room. Each testimony told of the hardships, the fear and ensuing denial of knowing they were HIV positive. Short and sweet. It was no longer their reality. They were saved by the blood of the Lamb and the earthly angels God had put in their path. Each woman realized the potential that life carried for them. Excitedly they showed us how to make candles; the little shop that carried all the purses, school uniforms, mosquito nets, aprons, dresses, blouses and men’s shirts they tailored; the beaded, bejeweled and polished stoned jewelry; hand-crafted blankets and so many other beautiful gifts made by hands that once shook with illness. Now steady. Now being held out to others in need.
With uncommon compassion, the kind that can only come from one who has taken the journey before you, they visit other women languishing on the brink of death and offer them the same hope of Glory. We were blessed with the visual representation of “raham” or the ‘tender love of a mother for her child-to love from the womb’. With no regard to time or space they pray, feed and help them hold a water bottle of oral rehydration to their lips. Quietly, one woman who understands the need for human contact, will sit and hold a hand until the Doctor, a relative or the children return home with full knowledge that soon this woman too will be free of the enemy’s plan.
Through the help of Mom Gladys, Mary, Evelyn and others, each woman is given a chance to make a life for themselves. We greeted graduates of the program walking the streets gathering food for the evening’s meal that would be fixed for their children in their own home. They now pour back into the program. Self-sufficient, proud, shining with the light of He who has become their rock and strong tower.
Eden’s Song is proud to partner with HEART to build a better tomorrow by teaching lifestyles independent of handouts; dependent on God.