Greetings and happy Friday Monday!

As we recover from our Thanksgiving dinners and some even brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, I hope that this story from Ambassador Chris Kulchak gives you a moment of pause amidst the chaos of the coming holidays. This comes from Chris’ trip to Peru earlier in the year:

Our bus pulled up outside a very humble home in a dusty Lima neighborhood. Inside we met Gerson, a 20-year-old man whose bones had become brittle from a thyroid disorder. After spending 13 months in a cast to heal his broken femur, he still must be carried on his bed to a motor-taxi for dialysis three times a week. Even though he lives with his mother and father, a wheelchair was unattainable.

Despite his confinement, Gerson spoke confidently about his faith. While grateful and humble, he was surprised but not shocked that we had come unannounced to give him a wheelchair. “You have to be patient and trust in God,” he said, “everything is in God’s hands.” Gerson’s faith was contagious; His father Ysidro, currently being treated for cancer, remarked, “my son’s attitude has raised my hopes and lifted my depression.”

We prayed and praised God and cried with Gerson and his precious family. As we went on our way to the next distribution, Pastor Nick said aptly of Gerson, “He is not a victim.”

All of us at Free Wheelchair Mission are thankful for Ambassadors like Chris who have done so much to lift people off of the ground and into a wheelchair. We are thankful for partners like Camino de Vida who’ve been our hands and feet in giving out those wheelchairs. And we are thankful for supporters like you for being with us every step of the way. Thank you.

Don Schoendorfer
PS–Don’t forget to check with us tomorrow for ways to be a part of #GivingTuesday!


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