We met this young man, Douba, two years ago right after he had been bitten by a poisonous snake. The village he was in did not have the cattle prod, so they amputated his leg to save his life. He was 20 years old at the time.
Now, finally two years later, though it has been a long road, and as usual in a third world country, a slow road, he finally received his prosthetic leg. He came by just after the final fitting to show us!
The doctors told him to walk for one week with both crutches and then to try walking with one crutch after that and then see if he can finally walk without aid.
John asked him in French if he was happy but received no response, then the pastor translated into his language the question and suddenly his face lit up with a huge smile and he radiated happiness.
These moments are priceless! Thank you for being our partners for this and so many other stories like this! What a privilege to be able to serve here.
(The above is what was posted on our Facebook pages, but now due to security concerns, having confirmed that terrrorists troll the internet for intel about Christian ministries, we are having to be more careful about what we post and our language when posting.)
The rest of the story is that we first encountered Douba while we were in his village putting up a hangar for a new church. His father and Douba came and asked if there was anything that could be done for Douba. His father explained that there were animists, spirit worshippers.
The local area pastor and the team all prayed for Douba, laying hands on him, and they all prayed that he would be able to get the help he needed, and they prayed for salvation for his family.
It has taken two long years but finally, after persistence on the local pastor’s part, and generosity from ministry supporters in the US, Douba not only has a life-changing prosthetic leg, but he has also become a believer during this process. We continue to pray for his family, who as of yet are not yet Jesus followers.
Thank you all for being a part, an important part, of this ministry. Douba is now someone you will one day meet in Heaven, and finally we will be all be able to understand each other!