Greetings and happy Friday!

This Sunday, Free Wheelchair Mission celebrates Easter. It’s a time of remembering Jesus’ journey to the cross and His ultimate sacrifice. This week I wanted to share a story with you of a girl I met in Kenya in January who as a result of your continued generosity has received new life through her wheelchair.

 Damaris is a 13 year old girl. In September 2010 her village experienced a terrible landslide. When the family fled to safety, she was left buried under the dirt and rubble of their collapsed home. Both of Damaris’ legs were crushed and the doctors had to amputate one of her legs to save her. She broke her back leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She could no longer walk and she could not control her bladder or her bowels. She was admitted in a spinal injury hospital in Nairobi where she stayed for a year before being discharged.

 After returning home, Damaris found that both of her parents had also been injured in the landslide. Each had difficulty walking and life was very hard. Her father, the breadwinner of the family could no longer work and had to depend on help from neighbors. Since their home was in the hills, they decided it would be best to move to a flatter area in hopes that her father could find employment. 

 In January 2013, Damaris started attending the Joy Town Special Primary School, where she received her education and also learned how to control her bladder and bowels. Free Wheelchair Mission was able to provide Damaris with a GEN_2 wheelchair through our partner Bethany Kids. Bethany Kids is a Christian mission transforming the lives of African children with surgical conditions and disabilities through pediatric surgery, rehabilitation, public education, spiritual ministry and training health care professionals. 

Thank you for giving Damaris and other children at Joy Town Special Primary School the message of Jesus and the demonstration of His love through a wheelchair. Because of your support and the work of Bethany Kids, 25 children received wheelchairs in January, some for the very first time in their lives. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to share in the moment they were lifted off of the ground and into a wheelchair! The wheelchair will be a tool for many of the children, including Damaris, to lead productive lives, lives they did not know they could have. Because of you, this year, Damaris celebrates Easter in her very own wheelchair.

1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

Blessings,

Don

Watch this short video of Damaris who is grateful for her new wheelchair!

 

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