Tomorrow is our first VVF screening day, the day where about 75 women (that we know of) will come to the ship to see if they are surgical candidates. Women will come from all corners of Togo, some speaking languages that we have no translators for. Some will have walked for days to get to a bus, then endured 10 hours' drive while urine slowly dampened their skirts and tracked paths down their legs. They come from brokenness, shame, isolation, and unspeakable pain. They arrive at the ship looking for a miracle because what we offer is so much more than mere surgery. If by God's grace we are able to operate successfully the woman may have her very life back, returning to her home, community, family, husband, and occupation: all things lost due to the fistula. This is why we are all here: to be a part of the transformative work that God does here in West Africa.
|Pre-screening a woman with probable VVF at a general screening|
|Maggie prays with a woman with VVF at general screening|
Pray for wisdom as the surgeon decides who he wants to operate on, and pray for compassionate words as we have to tell many women that we cannot help them. May each woman see in our love a reflection of God's immense love and compassion for them.