There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.
Mother Teresa

Resina died last night.  She was on an IV, talking to us, eating peanut butter.  She asked why her mama did not come and visit her yesterday.  She looked up and died.  That quick.  Nothing we could do.  Her family lives close to the village.  I sent word up early this AM for them to come down.  They came just as the casket was arriving. The mother, and two aunts.  We went in and uncovered the body so they could see her.  The mother touched her and cried.  Not a screaming, yelling, mourning cry you hear many times here.  A cry from her heart.  It was sad.  We put her body in the light purple casket and nailed the nails in.  The man, Joe, that dug the grave, put the casket on his head and away he went down the road to put her body in the ground.  The man in charge of the cemetery came by last week.  He said we are taking up to much room with all our kids.  Okay …..how do you answer that one. 



This is Lonise.  She is 4 years old and weighs 18 pounds.  She has fever, diar, and does not want to eat.  This is her first time with Kwashiorkor.  She has six siblings at home.  This is there first time to visit the village of Cazale.



This is Makenlove. He six years old and weighs 25 pounds.  This is the second time he has had kwashiorkor.  His scrotum is very swollen, like the size of a softball.  He is in a lot of pain.  Kwashiorkor sometimes does this, the extra fluids just settle in different areas of the body. Makenlove has had 4 siblings die of kwashiorkor.  His parents know this is a serious illness. 



This is Joseline in 2006.  She stayed in the RC for 3 months and gained 6 pounds.  She has visited a few times since then.


Here she is today weighing 28 pounds and has Kwashiorkor again.  I talked with her mama for awhile.  I asked her what was going on.  She told me all the food that were on the chart above and knew everything that she needed to feed her child.  She said she can find some of these food once a week but not everyday.  As soon as she saw she was getting sick she brought her dwon to the clinic.  Bravo mama for not waiting to late.



Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
Mother Teresa


3 Responses to Why?

  1. How sad to see that Resina did not make it…..but Praise the Lord that He took her quickly as he did, perhaps that was His will for her, now she is pain free in the arms of Jesus. Precious little girl.

    There is no way we can truly understand how the innocent can suffer so, thank you for being there, my heart and prayers are with you.


  2. Christina Jackson says:

    Prayed many times for Resina this week – with sadness, also glad to know that she is now whole & healed COMPLETELY . . .may God bless you today for the way you honored her life and cared for her on her way Home.

    Romans 4:17, 18
    “[Abraham] believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. AGAINST HOPE, WITH HOPE he believed . . .”

  3. Angie, RN says:

    So sorry to hear about Resina. We prayed for her yesterday. We know that she is in the arms of Jesus. Its still so sad and not fair. Someday we will understand. May God bless her moma and comfort her.

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