Giving Hope and Mobility to a Paralyzed Patient

Ember Liddiard is a YFC missionary leader in the capital city of Gaborone, Botswana.  She first met Nicholas*, who is paralyzed from the waist down, in September 2014.  Ember visited Nicholas nearly every week until his discharge from the hospital in late July 2015.  A few weeks before Nicholas's discharge, the hospital permitted Ember to take him out of the hospital in a wheelchair to church. 

Upon his return, he ecstatically proclaimed, “I’m so happy after church!”  Although his paralysis prevents him from walking, his upper body has enough strength to lift himself out of his wheelchair and move around so that he can maneuver around his home.  Ember compassionately recalled a device she had known about from another ministry called a “PET” (Personal Energy Transportation), which is a hand-pedaled tricycle cart that another missionary committee team distributes to those in need.  Ember contacted Jeff, at the Joining Hands missionary committee, to reserve one for Nicholas.  She spent a day picking it up, driving over 2 hours to get it to Nicholas's village. 

When she arrived, she and another Youth for Christ colleague, Hannes, assembled it and presented Nicholas with this as a gift which gave him “legs” to get around his village.  Ember stayed for the weekend in a missionary-owned farm where she led a Sunday church service, with guitar worship music, for the youth in the village.  She shared a message about how God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28).  Ember was able to lift up the village’s youth in prayer and share her testimony as she encouraged them to comfort others with the comfort they receive from God.


*name changed for privacy

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