Greetings and happy Friday Monday!

Our Big Push is coming to an end, and it’s been quite a journey, but I have one more story I want to share with you. Please meet Thi Hung and Hinh, the children, from Vietnam.

Thi Hung & HinhThi Hung and Hinh are about forty years old. With eyes full of tears and a slow, fluttering voice, their mother started to speak. “My husband died in the war; he left me with three children affected by Agent Orange to raise alone. My youngest son died two years ago of a lung infection because I couldn’t afford treatment. I have longed to be called ‘mom’ by my children since they were small but they cannot speak—they communicate by screaming and crying when they are upset and shriek with laughter when they are happy. For years I have hoped to have a wheelchair for my children and now my dream has come true. I am so very grateful to have this help. At nearly seventy years old I am too weak to carry my children and cannot even help them walk. Just getting them to the bathroom was an incredible struggle…sometimes I just didn’t have the strength for it. The wheelchairs will help ease the struggle to care for my children—our lives will be much easier. I am very grateful for your help.” Her back curved by years of labor, the mother gripped whatever she could to help straighten up and see her children smiling as they sat in their new wheelchairs.

The mother’s back, bent by the work and effort supporting her family required, was bent like a tree in the wind. Just as the tree bends but stands strong, Thi Hung and Hinh’s mother has been strong for them—has been a source of comfort and love to them even at the cost of her own health and comfort. Today her burden is lighter. It’s lighter because you’ve helped to lift it. Thank you for your partnership.

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