On Sunday November 3rd I drove to Central London to minister to the Salvation Chinese Church in a combined service for Mandarin & Cantonese speaking believers at 12 noon at St Margaret Patten Anglican Church, near Tower Bridge, London. I’ve known many of these Chinese believers for two decades and have found them so diligent in their witness for Christ to the extent that they had planted a number of daughter churches in different areas of London. It’s been marvellous seeing them reach out to, and care for other national cultures in the multicultural City of London.
On Tuesday November 5th my manager, Sasha, and I flew to Odessa, Ukraine to minister to the Orphans & Homeless Kids at the House of Hope, and check on the health of the brain damaged baby orphans before the next icy winter sets in. We were joined by long-standing friends, Dr Brian and Jacqui Collings of Perth, Western Australia, who have had a long-term interest the Orphans and Homeless Kids of Odessa.
Brain-Damaged Baby Orphanage
This little girl was born to a HIV mother and because the mother was HIV positive, she was supposed to get a c-section done. But that wasn’t done, and the mother went to labour herself. The child suffered great brain damage during the birth. As a result, this poor child has been in this orphanage for almost 9 years.
The greatest needs of this orphanage are simple day-to-day running supplies, like medicine and pampers. We went directly to a big superstore and bought a huge supply of pampers for them.
In the babies’ bottles of nutrients, they are washing and re-using again and again the disposable feeding tubes in their bottles. They should be disposing of these tubes and using new ones each time, but they can’t afford that cost. Each disabled child is being specially fed about 4-6 times per day. That means 70 feeding tubes a day are needed, if they use a new feeding tube each time. Each tube costs around $20 per day. We will endeavor to meet this need. We were also able to purchase the medicines which will be delivered shortly. Dr. Brian and Jacqui Collings were outstanding in suggesting the precise medicines that the babies would need. They also brought an essential item (which the nursing staff raved about) for measuring rapid changes in the baby’s arterial oxygen and the pulse rate, especially at night.
I asked to see the needy babies we had met earlier this year – little Artem who’d had heart surgery, little Sophia who’d been abandoned in a cemetery at birth, a little fellow who’d had brain surgery, and little Petr who needed to have his chest massaged regularly to keep him breathing – the senior nurse was touched that I remembered these children personally. How could they ever be forgotten?
It was an absolute delight personally delivering the knitted blankets that very special ladies’ groups in Cape Cod Massachusetts, had made personally. I asked the staff if we could photograph them wrapping the babies in these beautiful blankets. To which they said, “You brought the blankets – you deliver them personally.” What a privilege that was.
Children’s Cancer Hospital
Our visit to this needy hospital bore amazing fruit once again. Dr Nikolai expl