I will start with Alei's short 5th update -
I'm willing to do whatever I need to to get help for Daniella. We can raise the money.
Jan ( one of the team members whose a nurse) put me on antibiotics today. My throat aches and I spent the day throwing up. I went back to bed at 8 this morning and just got up. It's 6:40 pm now. I missed visiting the boys home today, which is really disappointing. I'm the third team member whose gotten sick. And we all had to stay back at the guest house today. I feel a lot better after sleeping though. I haven't eaten in almost 24 hours, so I'm getting kind of hungry. Savannah is gonna go see if they'll make me toast. Love, Alei
What hits me in Alei's last few emails is that they are filled with concern for Daniella and the other suffering people that she has been in contact with. My concern for her was growing stronger and stronger this morning as I guessed that she had strep throat and I didn't know if there would be any antibiotics available to treat her. I am so thankful that she is now on them and can start recovering. It makes me painfully consider all the Moms that live there day in and day out and watch their children suffer and are powerless to help them.
As for Daniella, she is just one of a thousand suffering children in Uganda at the moment, but she is the one that Alei was drawn to. She is the one that may not have lived even a few more days waiting for someone to consider that her life was worth saving. We have no idea at this point what her diagnosis is completely, nor the damage that has been inflicted upon her. I am not going to try and put you through the line of prayer and logic that I have traveled the last few days; I'm just going to "bless" you with my conclusion - Daniella is our neighbor according to the Bible! Do you remember the Good Samaritan that stopped and showed mercy to the beaten Jewish man on the side of the road? Jesus referred to him as that man's neighbor and said, "Now, go and do the same." I have to do the same for six pound Daniella, and thankfully there seems to be others that are willing to stand up and be her long distance neighbor!
(There is also significance with Alei and the name Daniella - I'll share that some time down the road as well.)