Heres an update on my little friend Lomasontfo, one of our CarePoint kids from one of the most remote areas in Swaziland. Take a look at “Unexpected Opportunities” post from Nov 17th for some more background info on this precious child.
We are finally at the point of getting her into surgery to remove the growth from her jawbone and reconstruct the right side of her face in order that her life would be saved. All the doctors are on board…. maxiofacial specialist, vascular surgeon, plastic surgeon and pediatrician are ready to “fix her face” as she calls it. Its been just awesome to watch God work in all of the preparations that have finally led to this operation. He has been right alongside and provided the time, talent and resources needed to save the life of His daughter. All the preparations and evaluations are done for the surgery which will be done next week. They have allowed us to take her out of the hospital for the weekend so it will be great to spend some time with her and show her some new things about the world that she has never seen before. Even the bathtub in the hotel room was a new experience for her. She had never seen one!! Yesterday we taught her how to play “Go Fish” and really loved it. Was hard to get her to quit. A trip to the movie theatre, the zoo and a shopping mall should be quite the experience for her. She got her first trip to MacDonalds on a previous trip. Too bad there are no Starbucks here, could get her really indoctrinated!!
I would ask that you please pray for her as this surgery approaches, ask all the prayer warriors you know to join in. This is quite an extensive operation, it will take 6-8 hours and recovery will be weeks. Please pray for peace for her, she has no idea what she is in for but I know she is frightened. We encourage her to pray and let her know that God is with her every step of the way. Pray for wisdom and supernatural strength and skill for the doctors as they remove her jaw and reconstruct her facial features. Pray for an amazingly speedy recovery, that she would suffer no pain as she heals.
And please thank God for His incredible grace and provision that has even allowed this to come to pass.