what does suffering look like in west Africa?


The man in the above photo came to my OR today. He was at screening day. He has what Dr Parker believes is a benign tumor that grows out of tooth enamel. But, this tumor is so bad, he did a biopsy to be 100% sure before doing major surgery. Why? The tumor has grown into the base of his skull. This will make surgery very risky for him. I was so honored to be part of this man’s team. He’s a Fula man. He’s just 38 years old. He weighs just 44kg/98lbs. This awful tumor has been growing for 5 years. The sorrow in his one visible eye is indescribable. I can’t even begin to imagine the suffering, to watch your own life slip away slowly and painfully and alone. This man has probably been hiding in shame, rejected by those around him because they think he is cursed. Nobody should suffer like this alone. Please pray fervently for the Lord to heal him, either by our hands or by a miracle. Pray for him to know Jesus. It’s hard to know what a person holds onto when they have lost the ability to speak. May Jesus touch him with His powerful healing hand and have mercy on his soul. Lord give us wisdom to heal this man. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your love, support, and prayers.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

6 thoughts on “what does suffering look like in west Africa?

  1. Wow, That is a picture the will be hard to get out of my mind, and that is a good thing because it will remind me to pray for him and for you. You obviously have a big heart and God is using it for his glory.
    Prayers are coming to you from AL.

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