A Simple Gift Offers Safety for Her Sons
Rosina’s little boy coughed, and she could hear the phlegm in his chest. Pneumonia battered his lungs. Rosina knew what to expect; it wasn’t the first time one of her two sons had gotten sick with pneumonia.
“We often get sick,” Rosina says. “The most common sicknesses we face [are] pneumonia and cough and cold and headache. These kinds of sicknesses are very much rampant here in this area.”
The area Rosina lives in was situated at the foothills of a mountain range 3,000metres in elevation. Because of the high altitude, villagers experienced cooler weather year-round, but the winter season brought exceptionally brutal cold temperatures. The cold, dry air chaffed the skin on their fingers, cheeks and lips, leaving them cracked and sore. It also dried out the membranes in their noses and throats, leaving people vulnerable to infections.
Though pneumonia was common, it could become life-threatening if not treated properly.
Cold drafts swooshed through the openings in Rosina’s rented home. The plastic sheets covering the areas susceptible to drafts were no match for the wind. With no radiator or central heating, the inside of her home felt like an icebox—especially at night. Rosina depended on her kitchen stove, a space about 2 feet by 3 feet, dug out in the floor of her home and filled with firewood ash, to heat their living area. Inadequate insulation, however, couldn’t keep the warm air in.
Rosina didn’t have much. But because she was part of a church led by a GFA pastor, Rosina’s needs didn’t go unnoticed. The church was planning a gift distribution for the area to provide families with thick blankets to keep them warm throughout the year. Her pastor, Dinesh, recommended Rosina to also receive a blanket. Her boys needed it; the blanket could help shield them from severe sickness.
Rosina also needed it; the blanket could become a cocoon that kept out the cold while she slept, enabling her to shore up strength and energy for the day to come. “I used to face difficulty to sleep at night because of not [having enough] sufficient warm and thick blankets, which, of course, affected my daytime activities,” Rosina says.
“If I don’t have proper sleep at night, I cannot function properly. …”
“But then, when we received this blanket, it actually has impacted us so much positively, and we are all warm. More than being warm, we are so glad and happy that the church decided to give us this blanket.”
Rosina’s family experiences the blessings of God through the blanket because of the generosity of people around the world. By purchasing gifts from the GFA World Christmas Gift Catalogue, you can help meet critical needs and demonstrate God’s love to more people like Rosina!