David, the mighty rancher!
One evening I was searching the wards of Parirenyatwa Hospital for our patients and came across David who had a cleft lip. He was 35 years old. He was going to have his cleft lip repaired the next morning. I learned that David lived on a farm almost 300 km from Harare. A week before, while he was herding his cattle, a nurse came to him and asked if she could take his picture. He knew it was an odd request, but he agreed. The nurse sent his picture to the Parirenyatwa Hospital administration and asked if the LWR team would consider David’s operation. Though he understood there were uncertainties about receiving his surgery during this camp, he still chose to make the trip to Harare.
As David talked to me, he began to dream, “Tomorrow my life is going to start. Beginning tomorrow, people are going to listen to what I say, not turn away from my face. Even though I walk with crowds, I always felt lonely. But starting tomorrow, I won’t feel lonely anymore.” Listening to this young man’s dreams brought tears to my eyes. Then, God reminded me of the biblical story of a young shepherd, David, before he became one of the greatest kings of Israel. He was a forgotten son, left to manage his father’s flocks. But one day God found David and anointed him king. In the same way, God sent Love Without Reason to find you, I told David. “You are precious to God, and He knows you by name. You are not forgotten.” David has had his surgery and is recovering now. He is dreaming new dreams, because you helped him with your donations! There are many more Davids in Zimbabwe, and with your support, we will continue the work!