I had the wonderful privilege of participating in a “rescue” this week. As I mentioned earlier, a group of men from San Angelo, Texas are presently in Mattaw building several new homes for orphans. As the new homes are built, the little village has room to expand. Bud and Kimberly, directors of Mattaw, had learned of Dominique and his plight recently. It was decided that he was a perfect candidate to be brought into the loving embrace of Mattaw.
Dominique is seven years old, severely malnourished (Kwashiorkor), has sores all over his body from being physically beaten by his family, has ring worm all over his little head, and is about the size of a five year old. As we found Dominique in the slums, there was not a dry eye in our group. We knew this starving little boy was about to be given a new life, filled with love and all good things. We knew this was the luckiest day of this child’s life. He was in terrible condition, but his life was about to get much, much better.
While we were in the Village picking up Dominique, we had the chance to share the Gospel with members of the village. We saw several people make professions of faith in the village, and several ask for prayer for healing. Dominique’s Aunt indicated that she would come to Mattaw to attend church services on Sunday. We saw his aunt inviting many people to come with her to our little Church.
I have to say that participating in this rescue has been an incredible event for me, and it makes me realize how blessed I am to be able to be a part of this wonderful ministry. I think of all the things I could be doing NOT as important as this.
The picture above is a scene of Dominique’s village as we arrived. We received a warm welcome. The residents knew we were there to help.
I have never seen so many grown men cry as when the construction guys from San Angelo reached the village. They had come to Africa to build a house . . . They did not know they would get to help save a child.
This picture shows Dominique as he travels to a new life. This was the first time that he had ridden in a car.
As we arrived at Mattaw, there was a huge celebration welcoming Dominique into the village. He is adjusting well to his new life, and he is happy. Yes, he still has lots of medical issues to be resolved, but that is why I am here, and I look forward to applying all I have learned in school to bring this little guy back to health.
I will continue to update you on Dominique. I would appreciate your prayers for him . . . that he would experience the Love of God so prevalent in Mattaw, and that he will grow up to be a “Mighty Oak” of Africa.
I can not imagine doing anything else. What could be better than this?: