Many of us spent this past Thanksgiving weekend enjoying special moments with family and friends. And whether your favorite part of the holiday was the abundant feast or the day of football, Thanksgiving universally represents a time to celebrate God’s blessings and his faithful provision.
This year as I recounted my blessings, my mind kept wandering back to a story that came in from our ministry partner Ruimveldt Children’s Home and Care Center in Guyana, which provides food, clothing, shelter, education and loving Christian care for 20 children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
They shared that today, thanks to Cross International, 4-year-old David (name changed to protect his identity) is now achieving his dreams—and that’s truly a reason to give thanks!
David came to Ruimveldt Children’s Home when he was 2 years old—abandoned and severely malnourished. Once the caring staff examined him they realized that David suffered from a medical condition that affected his physical development. As a result, his knees weren’t formed properly and he was unable to walk.
David is a fighter, though, and managed to crawl to get around, but he always dreamed of walking like the other children.
Thankfully, today, David is receiving the medical care and physical therapy he needs to thrive and achieve his goal. He is wearing a knee brace and is able to pull himself up and take steps on his own—a huge accomplishment! The staff at Ruimveldt Children’s Home say he is a very determined and hopeful child, so they are confident that he will be walking very soon!