Peter had been sick for five days, and he was quickly getting worse. His mother had taken him to a witch doctor who had told her to give him a liquid made from tree roots. It didn’t help. Not knowing what else to do, the mother brought Peter to church.
God answered this mother’s prayers through the keen eyes of World Concern staff members who were at the church service that morning. They saw how sick the boy was and drove him and his mother to the nearest medical clinic.
“This boy has severe malaria,” said the health officer treating him. “Without treatment, he would have died in about six hours.”
Peter’s tiny body lay limp and he labored to breathe in the small room with concrete walls and a dirt floor. As life-saving fluids pumped into his veins and medication began working immediately to heal him, he finally slept. And his mother began to feel relief.
No doubt, God was in the midst of the circumstances that day, which led to Peter’s life being saved. But the circumstances surrounding his illness and near-death experience highlight the tremendous need in this village of 10,000 people.
In Lietnhom, one to two of every 10 children will die of a preventable disease before the age of 5. Lack of clean water, medical care and education, malnutrition and extreme poverty contribute to this heartbreaking statistic.
With your help, we will witness long-term improvement. Better education, healthier food, clean water, job training and a strong local economy will bring new life. Ultimately, we want this village to be able to sustain itself, without having to rely on outside aid. You will be a big part of this transformation.