This picture was taken in Barahona this past November. We were celebrating a milestone of sorts for this little guy’s family. Our prayers for his survival and recovery were being answered. What was the problem?
Every Parent’s Nightmare
Every parent of a toddler knows how fast little ones can do something they don’t need to do. This little guy swallowed some household cleaning chemicals. It was touch-and-go for him for a while. Many calls for prayer went out. Many responded and those prayers were answered. Medical care was needed and several of you donated to secure that care. As you know, recovery is often a process rather than a single event.
Our connection to this situation is through Johnny, this little guy’s dad. Johnny serves as a translator for our Mathes Pastor Training School sessions in Barahona. He is also one of our graduates. So you can imagine how happy we were this past November when these pictures were taken. But recovery is ongoing and that is the point of this post.
A Danger – Of Sorts
Now, this kind of post and request is not exactly ‘normal’ for me. That’s because we receive many requests from many people. There is absolutely no way to meet them all. So why post this one?
I am reminded of Jesus’ activities in John 5. He approached the Pool of Bethesda. There were many, many sick people there. Jesus chose one person from that throng of ailments. We aren’t told why. He was not limited like we are. He could have spoken the word and healed all of them. He didn’t. Have you ever wondered why He chose just one? Whatever His reason, it sure gives lie to the health-and-wealth ‘gospel’ promoters.
So the short answer is, I simply sense the Lord’s leadership to post this need. The need is for an additional esophageal surgery. That will require a hospital stay in Santo Domingo – a four-hour trip for the family. From a U.S. perspective, the surgery is cheap: $900.00. But if you ‘translate’ that number in terms of culture, that’s about 2 month’s salary. Even here, most would have trouble coming up with two month’s salary on short notice.
Be A Helping Hand
Helping Hands is our way of depicting those who go, give, and pray. In this case, prayer and giving is in order. I will be headed to Barahona in two weeks. I would love to be able to hand Johnny enough money to take care of the surgery. Now, it would be awesome if my phone rang and someone said:
I’m sending a check for all the expenses.
You may be surprised, but that is not what I am looking for. Of course, I’d be glad to hear that. But a more likely scenario is several much smaller donations. Those donations are an opportunity for anyone to be part of answering prayer. Really? Yes! Do you have any doubt that Johnny and his family are praying for answers that are beyond their abilities? Sure they are. Are others praying? Yes! And those people who are moved to help are literally part of God answering the prayers of all these people.
Checks can be sent to:
Keith Burnett Ministries, PO 803, Scottsboro, AL – 35768
Online donations can be made through the HELPING HANDS tab (donations) at the upper right of this post. AND, donations can be made through the ROW website. Designate the contribution to ROW Evangelism and put my name in the comment section.