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The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, on missioncomment (0)

January 5, 2012


Vivian Myers woke up this morning with the face of a little Ugandan girl swimming in her mind. She wrote on Facebook, “May God get great glory from the life of Patricia. Overwhelmed this morning with His healing power.”

She might be back in Birmingham, but Myers won’t soon forget the tiny 1-year-old girl she met at Serving His Children (SHC), a nonprofit organization in Jinja, Uganda.

Myers, a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, recently traveled to the east African country with a missions team from The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham.

“I worked with SHC for the week in really whatever way I could,” she said. “They ended up having two really sick kids while I was there, so I basically helped with their care the majority of the trip.”

One was Patricia, who had a severe abscess on her face.

The other was Hatim, a 3-year-old boy with refeeding syndrome, a disorder that sometimes comes from getting nutrients again after being severely malnourished.

“Hatim went to be with the Lord the Friday I was there,” Myers said.

His death was a reminder that God can get glory in life and death, victory and tragedy, she said.

And there was a big difference between the need she saw there and the need she sees at her job in the States — she didn’t have the resources or the manpower she normally has at her disposal.

“Prayer and support are a big need. They often find themselves, because of the dynamics of being in Africa and with limited supplies, in situations that possibly could have been prevented or handled differently if it were different circumstances,” Myers said. “God has been so good to equip them with needed skills and abilities to take care of these kids. It is very evident that the Lord is at work among these families and little ones, as well as those who are working with them.”

For more information, visit www.servinghischildren.org or http://servinghischildreninuganda.blogspot.com

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