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Wendy, a Precious Little Girl Now Gone by Pat Yager

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My first trip to Nicaragua was in June of 2000. Wendy, the little girl I am holding, is 11 years old but the size of a three year old. She was born with a disability, and in her poverty, her mother couldn’t afford the special nutritional milk Wendy needed. She died a few days before Christmas that year. Since then my husband and I have made a dozen or so trips there, primarily to help the many families who have disabled children to care for. Too often, with their meager food supply, they have to choose to give the food they have to their little ones who are not disabled. Respiratory illnesses are frequently a cause of death, as meals are cooked over wood fires inside homes without appropriate ventilation. But we do have some wonderful success stories as well, and are so thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to help these wonderful, caring people.

Besides photographing things I find beautiful, I love to paint in watercolor! It can be loads of fun, creating its own beautiful color combinations as they run together on the paper, or it can be surprisingly independent, doing “its own thing” where you pretty much have to give up control – one never knows! That’s all just part of the fun!

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    A sad story, well done on your wonderful efforts Pat

  • It’s amazing how far even just a little effort to help goes, Mik! Even just our returning time after time gives them the reassurance that they are worth something! Thanks for your kind comment, my friend!

    – Pat Yager

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 3 years ago

    Many blessings, Pat, to all. It’s a wonderful gift you have. Thank you for helping.

  • Thank you, Sally. Once we’ve been made aware of such suffering, one can’t turn a blind eye to the great needs of others. It’s a privilege to know these precious friends!

    – Pat Yager

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 3 years ago

    The Lord has placed a special call upon your life to help these families….they are blessed to have you & may you be blessed beyond measure for answering the call.

  • And indeed we have been blessed, Marsha! One day perhaps I’ll share some of the “success” stories we’ve seen, there are many! Thanks for your lovely comment, dear friend!

    – Pat Yager

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 3 years ago

    How sad, but how fortunate we have people like you doing work like this..!

  • Elfie, I’m sure you would do the very same had you had the opportunity to know them as we have. Many times our hearts have been ripped open, seeing the almost insurmountable obstacles they face in trying to raise their children to adulthood. Thanks for your sweet comment!

    – Pat Yager

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaalmost 3 years ago

    Amazing job you are doing pat! My daughter is the same age so makes me realize how lucky we really are

  • Isn’t that the truth, Dianne?! Realizing how others have to struggle so just to survive, makes me all the more aware of all that we have in comparison. I very literally always have more culture shock when I return home from Central America than when I go. The dizzying choices we have just walking into one of our well-stocked grocery stores! Give your 11 yr. old an extra special big hug tonight!

    – Pat Yager

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 3 years ago

    You are clearly a good christian soul Pat. I too was raised to be thankful for own good fortune and to help those less fortunate than yourself. I know you desire no praise, but it is a fine thing both you and your husband are doing, God be with you both in your future endeavors.

  • Jim, aren’t you a sweetheart! I always felt a special kinship with you as we shared our comments on our art, and now I know we have even more in common. Thank you for your caring words and even more for your care for others! May He make His loving presence deeply felt in your life!

    – Pat Yager

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 3 years ago

    How very sad , it breaks my heart when I see little children suffering like this , I can’t bear watching the adverts on TV , the problem is you just can’t help them all which is really sad.
    I think it is wonderful what you and your husband are doing for them .xx

  • Hi, Irene – thank you for your thoughtful comment. I certainly understand when you speak of the enormity of the problem. These words of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador have been helpful: “We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This allows us to do something and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.” Jesus healed the people right in front of him, and when we think of helping even just the one or two in front of us, and making such a huge difference in their lives, we are not overwhelmed. Thank you for your care, my dear friend!

    – Pat Yager

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoalmost 3 years ago

    So sad.

  • Thank you, Anne, indeed it is! But even amidst the poverty and illness, we see a generosity of spirit that puts us to shame. They love to give to others and for the most part, they have such dignity and grace. It is certainly a privilege for us to know them.

    – Pat Yager

  • Meladana
    Meladanaover 2 years ago

    A sad story but a good awareness raising picture Pat, God bless you for caring, sharing and giving of your time to help. :)

  • Dear Meladana, thank you for your kind words, and I apologize for not seeing your comment until just now. The needs there are so great but we are grateful we can help a little. I appreciate your caring! ~ Pat

    – Pat Yager

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