This is Mirlene.  She is 4 years old and weighs 28 pounds.  She is suffering from kwashiorkor, diar, vomiting and does not want to eat. She will die unless something changes soon in her life.

 Her mom and dad have had 7 kids including her.  They live far back in the mountains behind Cazale.  They work the land to provide for themselves and their kids.  They plant corn and beans and pray that the rain comes and they have a good crop.  Each week the parents travel many hours by foot to sell their produce in hopes of making a little money to provide for their family.  Yesterday morning Mirlene’s mom and her aunt began walking to the clinic.  They left before the sun was up to get here early.  They walked, and walked and walked, taking turns carrying her as she was so heavy.  The picture below is  from their village to the back side of Cazale.  Not an easy walk.  They arrived after a 6 hour walk hike to the clinic.

The clinic was opened yesterday for our HIV and TB patients but we saw her and admitted her into the Rescue Center yesterday.

She is in a lot of pain, she is dying and we are going to do everything we can to save her.  Her mom and aunt we very thankful that we had a place to take her in.  They were not sure at first what was causing her to swell up and be so tired all the time.  We talked and I assured her that her solution is simple, food, good food with lots of protein.  She was happy that it was that simple.  She was happy it was not a curse someone had put on her daughter, she was happy there was a solution to her daughters illness.

We will begin her slowly on food and the medika mamba.  We will love her, we will hold her and we will pray for her to be healed.  Will you join me in this adventure of one child of thousands that are sick and malnourished.  I am not asking much just for each of you join me in praying for her, think of her throughout the day and be thankful for the blessings that you have now. 

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.


16 Responses to Mirlene

  1. Maggie says:

    Praying for this beautiful little girl.

  2. Sarah says:

    Thoughts and healing prayers for Mirlene

  3. Tish says:

    She is in my prayers right now as I type this… I will pass this along to our women’s meeting tonight and we will all pray!

  4. Caroline says:

    I love this girl so much already. She looks like the perfect child for me 🙂 As always, I love you both for what I know you will do for her!

    P.S. I can tell that you are using your new toy for these photos 🙂

  5. Roberta says:

    AW, sweet girl. Praying for Mirlene and her family and that she will have a miraculous recovery! So thankful that she is there with you now. 🙂

  6. Lori says:

    My heart just breaks every time I get a new message from you on additional children being brought into your center. It is so simple – they just need food!

    I will definitely pray and I will donate to your center so that you can feed and care for these children. I will also pray for Mirlene’s family who cared about her and loved her so much to do whatever they had to in order to get her help.

  7. Bekki says:


  8. cindi tigner says:

    How precious is this child! You can bet I am praying for her. And for those who are taking care of her. And for those who love her already. Thank you for sharing her with us and letting us lift her up to Our Mighty Lord and Savior. Our Great Physician and Healer. The One Who Loves Her More than we ever could.

  9. Reginald Beninche says:

    This is really painful for me to keep on reading this story. I believe with your continuous help and all the prayers she will be better off in the weeks to come……

  10. Tara and Troy says:

    PRAYING. FOR ALL OF YOU … and especially this little one.

  11. Dee says:

    Thank you for bringing us this reality-so very far from what we could imagine on our own. Thank you for making us uncomfortable, for bringing tears to our eyes,and breaking our hearts as God’s is broken. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to MAKE A DIFFERENCE by supporting Real Hope for Haiti. And thank you most of all for being who you are-“lifers” on the front lines facing Satan every day. All of you are AMAZING! Our prayers surround you and these children,God bless you all!

  12. Kendra says:

    praying for this little sweetie, and all the rest…

  13. Sarah says:

    God help Mirlene.
    We are praying.
    Love always.

  14. How can my heart still ache? I love you, I love your work and I love the people you serve.
    Thank you for being there with them. Thank you for the lives you save. Thank you for your love.

    Yesterday was 10 weeks. M’ sonje!

  15. Jennifer says:

    We will be praying for this dear child and all your precious little ones. So much hunger…
    Our family to your family…
    God Bless your work.

  16. Jenny W. says:

    It makes my heart ache as well. I love these kids without even seeing them. I will be praying.

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