Musa has a condition called Hirschprung’s Disease. In the
Sadly, Musa has undergone five painful surgeries in
When I heard Musa’s story and saw a few photos that my sister had taken, I was compelled to try to help. I couldn’t imagine the pain his mother, Ruth, lives through each time she has to clean him and dress his colostomy. Immediately when I presented this to my pastor in December 2007, my church raised funds to send a shipment of colostomy bags to Musa. I then was able to procure an ongoing supply of bags for Musa, thanks to Hollister International, the bag manufacturer. This alone was a huge answer to prayer, and a great relief to Musa, Tom, and the family.
Phase 2 of Project Musa was much bigger and more complex. I and a few friends from my church worked for over a year to find a hospital in the
Although this was disappointing, I have continued to pray, in the hopes that the Lord would show a new direction, give us a viable answer. We decided to turn over the funds we had been granted to Tom and the family, for Musa’s continued care.
Tom’s other sister, Bernadine, started researching hospitals in
Soak that in for a moment, would you? After all this time, this child is two surgeries and about three weeks away living a normal, healthy life!
As is so often the case with very good news, there’s a bad-news side to this tale: The surgeries and post-op care will cost an additional $5,000. Of course Ruth does not have $5,000, and frankly, neither does my church, so Ruth has been able to negotiate them down to $3,500. And because he is from another country and can’t spend months in
OK. I know what you’re thinking: This sounds very much like those spam e-mails I receive every week. However, this is real and this is happening very fast—and the life of a little boy depends on us.
I am currently trying to find extra change in the couch cushions of my house and all my friends’ houses—and all the houses of my friends’ friends! Just this morning we have come up with another $2,000 from my church and a few people who have continued to contribute to the fund we set up for Musa. This is huge!
Now what I’m wondering is, if 10 people would donate $10, then pass this message along to 10 other people who might donate $10, how much amazing could we do?
If you can find some spare change in your couch cushions, do you think you could donate $10 to Musa’s health care? If you can’t donate, do you think you can pass this message on to friends and family, perhaps reach out to your own minister to see if this might fall into your church’s call to mission giving?
If you do feel called to donate, I don’t want you to send money to me. Please send checks payable to Trinity Presbyterian Church at
Or, you can donate through PayPal by clicking the button in the top right-hand corner of this blog. Every penny counts! And I know we are all stretched to capacity, so again, if you don't feel you can give money, that's OK -- pass this on to as many people as you can. Donations of prayers and good wishes count, too.
God speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes His voice is a whisper, others it’s shouting through a megaphone. This past year has been one of those megaphone times for me. When my sister left for
At the same time, there was a family in
It’s clear the Lord has heard all our prayers, and it’s clear He put Tom and me and Musa and Ruth and Robyn together for a reason. I believe that just the fact that Musa is still alive means the Lord has a great plan for him, too. I believe that Musa and his family have been forever changed already by the love and support they’ve received from people across the world that they will never meet.
If you can’t donate any money now, I completely understand. What I will ask for, though, is your prayers. Pray for Musa’s continued care, pray for his mother who is constantly battling for him. Pray for me and my friends in the church as we continue to scrape this mission together. Pray that your own children remain healthy, and pray that if ever you need support, someone is willing to reach out to you and your family, too. That is my underlying reason for taking this on in the first place: I pray each day that my family remains healthy, and I hope that if there’s ever a time when we need help, someone somewhere reaches out a hand.
And if you’re not into prayer, that’s ok too. I just need you to do whatever it is you can to help this child. We all need to help each other. That’s what being a citizen of this planet is all about, and it’s summed up beautifully in the African philosophy of ubuntu: I am what I am because of who we all are.
Nothing is impossible. Please help in whatever way you can—donate, pray, or simply pass this message on. Whatever you do for Musa is an act of complete love and generosity, and we are grateful. Thank you.