August 6, 2010 by Timothy · Comments Off
Have you ever observed something that made you feel just a little more alive than you did the second before? The senses sharpen, everything else around you stops, and it seems as if the state of your very existence could hinge upon your understanding of that precise moment. Life all of a sudden becomes more valuable and hope of something unintelligible, unexplainable and far off fills your being from deep within.
That is how I felt when I dodged a father running to see his daughter’s doctor following the completion of her open heart surgery. His wait to see his daughter was not quite over, yet as I dodged out of his way it was obvious that any news was the most important thing in the world to a helpless father who could do nothing to rescue his daughter from an unseen foe.
There were honestly a few moments that rivaled this one during my short three days spent at Anadolu Medical Center with the Preemptive Love Coalition. When the constant issue at hand is that of life and death, the meaning of both is unavoidable. Although I’ve followed and supported PLC for three years now, the personal interaction with the children heading to surgery and their parents was a gift I was not quite prepared for. As I sat outside at the hospital coffee shop with Nivar’s father, still waiting to see his daughter for the first time since surgery, I could feel the anxiety and helplessness surrounding him and was reminded of the gift of loved ones. Every healed heart at Anadolu Medical Center is a child saved, a future restored and also a family preserved.
One of the greatest blessings in working with, giving to and supporting an organization like PLC is the knowledge that what you are doing is truly meaningful. And let me tell you partners, supporters, donors and friends of PLC, your investments and partnerships are truly worthwhile! Your efforts and funds go directly into saving childrens lives, preserving families and renewing futures. From all over the world, you are affecting lives of real people for the better. I’ve seen it. And these people are thankful.
One particular issue that was brought to light during my week with my friends at PLC was that ethnic struggles do not have to result in war, racism or death. Addressing ethnic and religious tensions can also result in life, in reconciliation, in hope for the future. For every political struggle that takes place in order to get a Iraqi child to a successful surgery in Turkey, there is also a celebration of life, a reconciliation of enemies, and a hope of a child’s future reborn.
Finally, it seems the shared response from all parties involved is one of doxology, “thanks be to God.” That is truly amazing, and it is something I will always choose to be behind.
|This little boy, Yahya, still needs a few thousand dollars to cover the costs of surgery and travel from Iraq to Istanbul so he can experience the same life-change you’ve given Nivar. To take Yahya out of line and get him to Istanbul for surgery, please enter the amount of your choice below and click “Donate Now!”.
|Tim Mason is a friend and supporter of PLC who works with college students in Waco, Texas. Some of his greatest joys include learning, giving people second chances, playing any sport imaginable, and drinking chocolate milkshakes.|