Poor Widow

Written 17.05.2015 15:25 under Archive

”He who is kind to the poor widow lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done” Prov. 19:17
Hi again, beloved friends,

I admit that I am really sorry to send out a cry for help so soon again.
This time the problem is a poor widow whose husband died several years ago from a heart attack. He left behind his wife and five children. We have known the woman and the children for a few years.
Mama Oberline had a tragic accident. Recently, we have had some heavy showers and many places were flooded including this woman’s house.
On the first morning after the rainfall she wanted to make some tea for the children before they went off to school she wanted to take some firewood in order to light a fire in the fireplace that consisted of three stones.
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As she was reaching out for a piece of wood she discovered with terror that a big cobra had hidden in the stack of wood and before she had time to run away it had bitten her leg, which immediately began to swell. The cobra had probably crawled up in the wood due to the flood.
Mama Oberline cried for help and immediately a neighbor came running and tied something tight around her leg in order that the poison should not spread in the body. The neighbor quickly called for someone to transport her and she was taken by motorbike to the nearest minibus, which again took her to the hospital. As she reached the hospital, the poison had spread to the whole body and she was beginning to turn blind and on the verge of unconsciousness
Fortunately, the hospital had some serum against snake bites and they gave her some shots. As her situation was very critical and her life was in danger she stayed in the hospital for several days.
Unfortunately they did not manage to kill the snake and therefore they are afraid that it may return to the shed.
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It is now a month ago and she has recovered reasonably after the incident. Her eyesight is slowly coming back, but the leg is still numb and therefore she is still unable to go to work. She used to be a day-laborer working in the fields, washing clothes or the like. These jobs have provided her with money for food.
The problem is that the children are afraid to sleep in the shed which is very leaky and therefore snakes can easily get in and hide.
We just went to see her and to inspect the situation. The shed is divided in two, partly kitchen and partly bedroom for the children.
Before the father passed away he had been building a small brick house with two rooms. For several years it has remained in the state as shown in the picture and we were surprised to see that the walls still look fine.
We very much would like to help this widow with five children aged 11-20 years.
We would like to help her finish the house so that the children may have a safe bedroom where they do not have to fear for any snakes. The costs to put on a roof, furbish the walls, lay a floor and put in doors and windows will amount to approx. DKK 15,000.
I just had to share this experience with you because I am burdened with the situation and wish for this poor widow and her children that they receive a safe place to sleep. At the moment, until a solution is found the children spend the nights at the neighbor’s house.
The oldest of the boys is a mechanic apprentice which takes three years. When he is finished it is our hope that he will get a good job and help take care of his mother. Two of the boys are in secondary school and the last one in elementary school.
I am sorry if you think that we beg too much, because we do not wish to do that. But our hearts really go out this poor family. Oftentimes we see that ’many a little makes a mickle’ and this would be the case here too.
If 15 people give 1,000 DKK or 30 give 500 DKK then the money is collected.

Any gifts may be transferred to our mission cashier, Willy Højgård
IBAN Account: DK 7097 1207 4179 3075
Swift/Bic code: JYSPDK2G
Den Jyske Sparekasse,
Borgergade 3,
7200 Grindsted
Please mark it: MBU TZ ”Snake bite”
Love from Tabitha

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    [post_content] =>  I den uge, hvor Torkild var af sted på børnekampagne, skete der noget, som rystede os dybt. During the week when Torkild was away something happened that shook us deeply.  
Vores tyske venner og naboer, Rosy og Friedhelm, var blevet syge (I husker sikkert, at vi mange gange har skrevet om Friedhelm, som har bygget adskillige kirker sammen med Torkild i store dele af Tanzania). Rosy skrev til os for at høre, hvordan vi havde det, for de havde fået feber og følte sig meget dårlige. Deres tjenestepige havde fået konstateret covid-19 og var meget syg. Tilsyneladende havde hun smittet Rosy og Friedhelm.
Jeg foreslog straks, at de skulle søge læge, men Rosy sagde, at Friedhelm var så dårlig, at han ikke ville kunne sidde i en bil for at komme hen til lægen. Det lykkedes at få lægen til at komme hjem til dem. Friedhelm blev indlagt på et missionshospital ca. 150 km fra Arusha, hvor der også arbejder læger fra Vesten.
Dagen efter Torkilds hjemkomst ringede Rosy for at fortælle, at Friedhelms tilstand var forværret. Han skulle muligvis flyves til et hospital i Dar es Salaam eller Nairobi. Hun havde glemt deres pas, så Torkild besluttede at hente passene og køre til hospitalet sammen med vores chauffør, Hilary, for at se, hvordan han kunne hjælpe.
Lægen havde i mellemtiden snakket med Rosy og frarådet at flytte Friedhelm, da hans tilstand var yderst kritisk. Problemet på de fleste hospitaler i Tanzania er, at man ikke har respiratorer. Det var det, de manglede til Friedhelm.
Ved middagstid dagen efter, Torkild var kommet frem til hospitalet, sov Friedhelm stille og fredfyldt ind.
Sikke et chok for hans kone, som ikke havde nogen fra familien omkring sig. Hun begyndte straks at ringe til børnene for at fortælle, at deres far var gået bort.
Liget skulle flyttes fra hospitalet inden aften samme dag, da de ikke har noget kølehus til opbevaring. Hilary kørte liget i Friedhelms bil, og Torkild tog Rosy med i vo¬res bil. De kørte til et hospital i Arusha, hvor Friedhelm kom på køl. 
Derefter blev bilen desinficeret indvendig, og Hilary blev også sprøjtet over med denne væske. Han kom helt våd hjem til mig om aftenen og spurgte: ”Åh, mama, må jeg ikke få et hurtigt bad og låne noget tørt tøj?” 
Friedhelm havde tidligere givet udtryk for, at han gerne ville begraves i Tanzania. Han fik sådan en flot begra¬velse – en konge værdig. Han blev begravet ved vores FPCT-kirke i Ngaramtoni; det er den lokale kirke, vi samarbejder med.
Han efterlader sig kone og 4 børn. En af sønnerne kom for at deltage i begravelsen.


Our German friends and neighbors, Friedhelm and Rosy fell ill (you probably remember that we wrote about Friedhelm many times. He built several churches with the help of Torkild in large parts of Tanzania). Rosy wrote to us to hear how we were doing because they had gotten a temperature and felt bad. Their maid was very ill with covid-19. Seemingly, she had passed it on to Friedhelm and Rosy.
I immediately suggested that they saw a doctor, but Rosy said Friedhelm was so sick that he could not sit in a car to get to the doctor. Finally, the doctor instead came to their house. Friedhelm was admitted to a missionary hospital approx. 150 km from Arusha with doctors from the West. 
The day after Torkild’s return Rosy called and said that Friedhelm’s condition had worsened. Possibly he would be taken by plane to a hospital in Dar es Salaam or Nairobi. She had forgotten their passports so Torkild decided to take the passports to the hospital with our driver, Hilary to see if he could help.
In the meantime, the doctor had talked to Rosy and advised her not to move Friedhelm as his condition was extremely critical. The problem is that most Tanzanian hospitals do not have any respirators. And they needed one for Friedhelm.
At noon the following day after Torkild had arrived in the hospital, Friedhelm passed away, quietly and peacefully.
It was big a shock to his wife who had no relatives around her. She immediately began calling the children to inform them of their father’s passing. 

The body had to be moved from the hospital before evening on the same day, as they have no cooling rooms. Hilary drove the body in Friedhelm’s car and Torkild took Rosy in our car. They drove to a hospital in Arusha where Friedhelm was put in a cooler. 
Friedhelm had earlier expressed that he wanted to be buried in Tanzania. He received a truly royal funeral. He was buried at our FPCT church in Ngaramtoni, which is the local church that we work with.
He leaves behind his wife and four children. One of the sons came to be a part of the funeral.


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