We weren’t in the office yesterday in honor of Memorial Day, so your Monday Recap is coming a day late.

Greetings, and happy Friday Tuesday!

Sometimes life changes in an instant. We aren’t always sure how or why, but one minute everything is one way, and the next it’s upside down. N’Mahwa’s tale, from Guinea, is one such story.

We don’t really know what happened to me. One day, when I was three years old, my family and I were sleeping. I was okay when I went to sleep, but my parents tell me that when they woke up, they found that I couldn’t walk anymore. Now I am twenty-five years old and life has been very hard for me—I wanted to work but could not, I could only beg. I didn’t have anyone to help me move around and so I was left to crawl on my own. Even going to the hospital when I felt sick was nearly impossible—having to be on the ground all the time meant I was always dirty and I think I will feel better now that I am off the ground. I never dreamed I would have a wheelchair, especially one that was given to me for free. Now I don’t have to crawl on the ground anymore. I have always believed that God was watching over me and when I pray to Him, I always ask him to bless the people who gave me this chair.

Life changes in an instant. One minute, N’Mahwa could walk around and the next, she couldn’t. But then life changed in an instant again—one minute N’Mahwa was crawling on the ground, and the next she was lifted into a wheelchair of her own. Out of the dirt, and into a wheelchair. I don’t know why one minute N’Mahwa could walk and the next she couldn’t, but I do know why one minute she was on the ground and the next she wasn’t—you. You made this moment possible. Thank You.

Don Schoendorfer


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