Baptisms and a walking wonder
Grace takes her first steps in more than two years, thanks to CMS supporte
Four deaf trainees have been baptised and a 14-year old girl has gone from being carried around by her aging grandmother to walking, thanks to the team at Neema Crafts in Tanzania, including CMS mission partners Ben and Katy Ray.
Grace, an orphan, developed the rare “tuberculosis of the bones” when she was 12, which left her unable to walk, let alone attend school.
Cathy, a Dutch physiotherapy volunteer at Neema, put one of Grace’s legs in a cast to straighten it and there was noticeable improvement. She then gave Grace a tailor-made walking frame.
Ben and Katy recall the moment when Grace pulled herself up onto her walking frame, her grandmother looking on hopefully.
“Steadied by the frame, Grace used her better leg to inch herself forward and began to move up and down the room under her own steam for the first time.
"This was a huge step for Grace. We hope that with ongoing treatment at Neema’s physiotherapy centre, Grace will one day be back at school.”
Since it was pioneered in 2003 by CMS mission partners, Neema has trained and employed more than 100 deaf and disabled people in a variety of skills in Jesus’ name.
The Rays report: “We were privileged recently to witness the beautiful baptism of four of our trainees at Neema – on whom the spirit of God has chosen to rest and begun his transforming work.”
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Published: 07:55 29 July 2012 | 834 viewsLast updated: 27 July 2012 See other stories in these categories: News: Mission partners, MISSION UPDATE, Africa