Flori won the hearts of all who knew her. In her memory, we search for answers to preventable deaths from cervical cancer.
Today Flori received blood transfusions to correct her severe anemia and to prepare her for her chemo and radiation this week. The weekend was a little surreal as we all tried to be festive for her birthday knowing what she left behind and what was ahead. Once again, God proved faithful and sent a Latino pastor, Lupina, to come and pray with Flori and with all of us as we try to understand how her situation could even be possible in a world as rich as ours. I read something the other day that was a response to "Why does God allow injustice?" Answer:: He provides this world with ALL that we need. Problem is that he left it up to humans to divvy it up!
Flori's 2 year old daughter had bronchopneumonia this weekend. Her dad brought her to the government hospital since she could barely breathe. The doctors mocked him and didn't even bother examining the child. Flori was incredibly upset as she knows that children of this age commonly die of diseases that are so easily treatable here. Thank God that Ismael and his wife, Orphe, went to visit Flori's husband and children. They were able to write back to Dr. Coral Matus about the baby's condition to find out what we could do. They were able to give her husband money from SewHope which we hope will help them in these next couple of months as her husband tries to manage without his wife. Ismael also brought the Kids Against Hunger food that we have down there and the vitamins from Beatrice. Little did we know how these things would be used when we sent them to Guatemala! Thank God we have a pharmacy full of meds which can be used for any emergencies when we are not there. We know that Flori will have a much greater chance of cure if her mind can be at peace. We thank so many of you for your generosity in helping her feel comfortable being here away from her children. Thank you Sr. Pam for bringing her to the concert and thank you Coral for sharing your family with her overnight.
I continue to be changed by Flori's stories of the plight of women in Guatemala. I almost feel like her mom. I thank God every day that my own children have had all the opportunities that this world has to offer. It's hard for me to imagine loving your children, as much as I have loved mine, and yet know that there is so little you can do to help them in times of great need. Yet, I look at Flori's deep, genuine faith and I believe that there is no greater gift that a person can have. That faith can sustain you in times of great suffereing and it is sustaining her now.