I am Amman. Pray with me today: I want to give you praise for the good things you are doing in Mozambique. May you grant me the strength and words to continue to extend the love and sense of family already in this place to those neighbors who we are still looking to reach.
Rungo was born in Mozambique, HIV positive, mother died in childbirth, his father left the area, raised by his grandmother. The local medical staff denied the request for antiretroviral therapy (ART) for Rungo. If left untreated, HIV will attack the immune system and eventually progress to AIDS. ART involves taking a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV regimen) every day, exactly as prescribed, preventing HIV from multiplying. Doctors felt that Rungo's grandmother, being elderly, was not capable of properly dispensing the medicine.
Amman Fabio, a local young man and graduate from Africa University whose education was financed through benefactors who are now part of Mozambique Development in Motion's (MDiM) volunteer operation, felt compelled to intervene on Rungo's behalf. Amman is now the Program Director of MDiM. He located Rungo's father and older brother to seek their support to get medicine for Rungo and asked them to meet him at the Chicuque hospital to plead his case. Rungo's father did not show up, but his older brother did, and with Amman and the older brother vouching to follow the prescribed regimen, staff agreed to the life-saving treatment.
Today, Rungo is 14, in grade 7, and a year ago, he received the joyous news that his health has improved to the point that he no longer needs further medication.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the staggering number of people in desperate need in this world, causing many of us to believe that nothing we do has any real impact on a problem of such magnitude. But you can positively impact one person's life. And that person, like Amman, may just reach out to help another, who can pass it forward again, far surpassing the original deed. Each one of us can be the hands and feet of Christ. Who is Jesus moving you to fight for?
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. -Psalm 147:7-8
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