Stories from HIV Patients

17 May

On a recent trip to Ethiopia I was able to visit a number of clients of our partners in Sendafa.   I am always moved by their stories.  Over the next few posts I will be sharing some of those stories.  Today I would like to tell you about Shewa.  Her story is unfortunately not that unusual.  She contracted HIV/AIDS from her husband who eventually died from the disease.  Not only did that leave her a widow without a means of support but it also left her with a disease that slowly takes away your strength and immunity to things around you.  She was at the point of not being able to take care of herself.  Family and friends had left her since she had HIV but the PAAV team was referred to her.

They gave her vitamins, clothes, anti-retrovirus and lots of love and care.  As a result she slowly recovered, gaining strength each week.   When she had finally recovered enough to take care of herself the team invested in her with a small loan that allowed her to buy some sheep.  She did well at that and with some savings and and additional loan she bought some cows and now sells milk and calves along with her sheep.  She is now in much better health and is self sufficient.   The smile that she has on her face is so contagious and a great blessing.

Shewa is just one story of many that speak to the ministry in Sendafa.  Reaching out and touching the helpless ministering to body, soul and spirit.  Thanks to God for his marvelous works there.


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