To find someone that is willing to listen to your hearts cry is often a rare moment in life. To find someone or a group that sympathizes and desires to help make that heart cry a reality is another. The later was an unforgettable experience that impacted my life and resulted in my tears on the trail. This experience came from an intimate time with a local villager as she poured out her hearts cry for her family, village, valley and people group. It was a deep cry of desperation, love and fear of future suffering.
I sat with a group of professionals and listened to the heartache and agony as this young girl pleaded for us to remember the plight of the people that surrounded her. The cry for my group was to join our efforts for the people and villages we had encountered on our journey through the valley. “My family is bound in fear,” she stated, as she explained the reality she saw in her village. Death is a daily occurrence in these villages, mostly from easily preventable things such as diarrhea. Many are uneducated and will not seek medical help if it will interfere with the management of their crops.
Twenty minutes of deep crying and a hearts agony were expressed. I identified with the call, the pleading, the desperation; only I was leaving the valley, and she would be left alone with no one to listen to her hearts cry. My heart and emotions were overwhelmed. The thoughts of being remote, days away from any form of medical care or training were heavy. I was challenged as I took an honest view into my own convictions regarding the plight and urgency I felt in my heart for the people that surrounded me. The tears came as an overwhelming awareness of my pitiful state to see beyond myself even when exposed to the suffering of those in front of me. It was a challenge to take action. It was a challenge to go beyond myself and step up to the level of conviction of this young villager.
This young girl is one of our RANCH graduates, and she desires to be a public health worker, the first in her valley. She wants to use this training to better the lives of her people. She recognizes what seems to be an incredibly daunting task before her, but she is determined to make a difference. It is people like her who make what we do so rewarding. Join us in helping her, and many children just like her, realize their dreams of bringing hope back to their villages.