A Young Man’s Testimony

 I’m 21 years old. I used to find it difficult to forgive. When I had a quarrel with my dad, I thought I could not forgive my dad. I have learned to forgive my dad, and I’ve also learned to love due to the teaching I’ve received during the discipleship class.

I also fought with myself on the spirit of pride which under God I’ve been able to stop and now see the good in others. Due to my pride, I wasn’t able to see the need to say sorry and I held a grudge against someone in my house for over a year.

I’m grateful to the Youth Ministry for being part of the positive change in my life. Now I can say sorry when I wrong someone without feeling or holding any grudge against that person. I’m also grateful for the patience of the instructors in the computer laboratory. Because of them, I can now operate the computer.

Sarah’s Plight

Sarah is a 30-year old woman who came in contact with Mashiah Foundation Clinic in 2004. She is married with children and has been jobless for a long time. She was tested HIV positive in the same year but as at that time, her husband tested HIV negative. After much interaction and counseling with her husband, he agreed to participate in voluntary counseling and testing, and he was then found to be HIV positive. It was a very difficult time for the family; the husband lost his job, the wife came down with Hepatitis B and developed complications of liver cirrhosis. She is currently on hospital admission because of liver failure and the condition is deteriorating by the day. We’re indeed hoping she will make it through. Not just for this family do we hope, but for as many who are going through similar situations.

Rejoice

Rejoice is one of the success stories of Mashiah Foundation. When she came to the ministry in the company of her mother, she was very shy and could neither speak nor understand English. With the love and support she got from Mashiah Foundation, she has every reason to smile and she can now read and write and speak English. Thanks to Mashiah Foundation for the support and care.

Educational Excursion

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The OVC (Orphans & Vulnerable Children) Department embarked on an educational visit to some corporate organizations such as:

National Veterinary Research Institute Vom

Nigerian Film Corporation Headquarters Jos

Plateau Radio Television Corporation Jos

 The participants were drawn from the older orphans under Mashiah Foundation scholarship. The visit was meant to enlighten the orphans on the activities of these organizations and to prepare their minds towards picking a career in any of the fields.

The educational visit was very successful and the orphans learned a lot as most of them testified. There are so many children out there who do not have this opportunity. Thanks to Mashiah Foundation for this eye-opening experience.

A Young Graduate

Mrs. John was a young graduate of one of Nigeria’s First Generation Universities. She was tested positive for HIV, during her compulsory one year of service to the nation. There were no free antiretroviral drugs then so she resorted to buying these drugs which cost an exorbitant amount of money. Later, a friend introduced her to a spiritual healer who subjected her to a series of praying and fasting, assuring her of faith healing and the need to stop the antiretroviral drugs. As this continued, she gradually developed drug resistance and irreversible organ damage which necessitated her hospitalization. She commenced taking drugs again but the situation has not in any way improved. She’s presently bedridden.

Extra Lessons

Mashiah Foundation (MF)  is currently working with more than 350 orphans.  MF pays school fees for many of these orphans. The children are on summer holiday right now (August to mid-September). Many of them go back to their schools for “extra lessons” during this time.  Fanny, a volunteer from Indonesia, has been working with the children who live at Bezer Home. Fanny has a degree in aeronautical engineering, but she tones it down to work on basic math with our children.  Many of them are lacking a solid mathematical foundation. This can make all the difference in the world for their education.

Graduating Class

As more and more HIV+ women come knocking at our door, begging to enter our sewing program, we have found that we just can’t turn them away. They know that there is hope in this place, and they want a piece of it for themselves.  What to do?  Our space and staff are limited.  We have decided that we must graduate the “old-timers” in order to make room for new women.  But our old-timers don’t want to go. They like the warmth and security of the sewing program. However, they also recognize the need of the new women. They can see themselves in the eyes of the women. 

The “old-timers” are now what we call “graduates” although we haven’t officially graduated them yet. They have a great deal of sewing knowledge, but now we are also equipping them with business techniques so they will be able to stand on their own.  Our goal is that the graduates will surpass what they were able to do when they were part of our program.

Baby Moses

Baby Moses was literally pulled out from the brink of death by Esther David, the matron of Bezer Home. His mother died  of HIV,  and his extended family did not want the sickly infant. Esther gladly welcomed the starved little guy into her arms.

For the first couple of weeks, Moses had a hard time keeping his food down. He was so excited to eat that he would slurp it all down too quickly and then spit it back up. His caregivers have been able to modify how they are feeding him,  and he is now keeping his food down much better.

There are 15 pairs of hands in Bezer Home always ready to hold Baby Moses. When he came to us, the back of his head was flat from always being left alone. That’s certainly not a problem anymore.