[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Yesterday I got to go to Pagen Village and see the people there. It was wonderful. I took the kids aside, there were about 30 of them. We sang songs, prayed together, and played games. We had a blast; but there was one boy missing. Tony is one of our regular attendees. His oldest son, Geoffrey, is 14 years old. When I left to visit the US, Geoffrey was a healthy teenage boy. He was always at Bible study, every week, listening intently. I got the news that Geoffrey is in the hospital in critical condition. Tony said he has been diagnosed with Hepatitis and carcinoma. My heart sank, because I know all too well that there is no treatment around here for cancer. People can go to the capital city of Kampala, but they can’t even get there easily, let alone pay the money to receive the treatment. The doctors up here told Tony that there’s nothing they can do. I also got the news yesterday that my “Mom” here, Rebekah, is in the TB Ward again very sick. I decided that I would visit them both this morning. I first went to see Geoffrey. The transformation since the last time I saw him is horrifying. That healthy, smiling, bright teenage boy is now skin and bones. His eyes are sunken in, and his stomach is huge and distended. I wanted to cry out. I prayed with Geoffrey and his family. I read his chart, which confirms that he indeed has chronic Hepatitis B (probably had it for a long time without recognizing or treatment it) and severe liver cancer (perhaps resulting from the untreated Hepatitis?) They have put him on morphine treatment which is helping with the pain but doing nothing to stop the disease. After praying I resolved that I’m going to do all the research that I can to see what can be done to save this precious, intelligent boy. No matter what happens though, I know Geoffrey knows Jesus and if he dies he will be in a much better place.
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