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Sompos

Sompos was born with severe mental retardation. When she was about 6 months old she became very sick. Her parents realizing that she was not normal took her to Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap and left her on one of the seats in the waiting area of the hospital. A nurse noticed Sompos was unattended and admitted her to the hospital. After more than a month of hospitalization Sompos was improving in health, although she was still being fed through a nose tube. The hospital began looking for a new home to take care Sompos, not an easy task considering Sompos' severe mental retardation. They contacted us to see if our orphanage would take her.

To accept her would mean hiring a full-time worker just to care for her and potentially be committing our Ministry to her lifetime support. There was only one thing to do, and that was "what Jesus would do"! We accepted Sompos and hired an additional staff member to take care of her. It has not been easy, at first feeding her through a nose tube and then by bottle and after more than a year by spoon. Her carers have had to learn how to do physiotherapy for her and faithfully do it every day. In all that time, Somphos has never been able to show a single sign of appreciation to her house parents and her full time carer, not even a smile.

Somphos has grown a lot, but is prone to illness. As I write she is in the intensive care unit of the hospital and the prognosis does not look good.

We praise God that He gave us the privilege of caring for Somphos. Her story is much like that of mankind. Sin has caused man to be severely retarded in his desire to show appreciation to His creator and sustainer-the living God in heaven. Despite that, God continues to untiringly take care of man simply because His love for us is unconditional. May God help us to love the children of Cambodia without conditions.


Pin (Carer) and Somphos

 

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