Some of you may remember me boasting about my 'son' Joseph Ekwa Atilio Ofuho (Got to love those long Sudanese names, eh?). Thanks for all who sponsored him through Clinical Officer school in Kenya in the last years. He graduated this September with high marks and great respect from all his classmates and professors. He's not only a hard working student but a 25 year old man with a heart of Christ's love to heal and serve his people. I'm so proud of him!
His colleagues were so impressed with his skill and character, that a Kenyan doctor from the hospital he interned at paid for him to apply to Medical School at the Kampala International University in Uganda. I am proud now to say that Joseph is taking his final exams in his first semester to be a Doctor!
I am now thankfully employed as a part time nurse practitioner which allows me time to start a ministry with some other Christians leaders here in downtown Steubenville called, "Mamma Nita's Coffee House". ReShawn, a 17 year old leader who is on our Advisory Committee came up with that name since Mrs. Jaunita Slappy is the owner of the house and a very loved and respected Grandma by all of the downtown people. Our house will be a sort of "Friendship house" of sorts, a place for people of all ages to come together for social, spiritual and community gatherings. We've got big dreams for it!
This week as I was volunteering at our downtown Fourth Street Free Clinic, one of my mid 50 year old patient and I had finished our consultation about her Asthma and Hypertension, and I asked her daughter and her if they'd like to pray together. We held hands and I prayed a simple prayer to bless them and remind them how loved they are by God and that He has not forgotten them and spoke Jesus' healing over their hearts and bodies. Marie's daughter, Melissa began weeping. She could hardly control herself. We hugged, and cried some more. People are so hungry for a touch of Love.
Pray that "Mama Nita's Coffee House" will be a place where people can visit to laugh, to cry, get healed or just to have someone to talk to and play cards with. Please pray that we can continue to gather people from all different churches in the area to form a loving community of the Body of Christ so that we can be a healing river of love to the many hurting young and old people in our city. We want to see this city transformed. I want to see your city transformed. Let's do it one "Melissa" at a time!