Calah recently came from Texas to volunteer with us for 3 months. We are so thankful to have her on our team! Below is an update she wrote after her first week in the Children’s Hospital.
Just before the start of a shift, we change into our scrubs and gather two bags of toys. Before heading upstairs, we also bring a fully loaded diaper bag (because, well, you know babies…) and a bag of little shoes. “Our babies” are the ones left alone at the hospital. We have rooms designated for our children on the 3rd and 4th floor. We keep the toys for each floor separated since we don’t always know what kind of sicknesses the children have. In the morning, we start up on the 4th floor. This week we had two little boys who shared a room. Both boys are very small, but M is getting ready for his first tooth so his favorite toys are ones he can put in his mouth. D doesn’t have much interest in toys yet, but now that he’s feeling better, he’s fascinated by his surroundings. Yesterday, he was in love with a bright yellow medical instrument attached to the wall. It was so adorable to watch him smile and giggle at it! Small as he is, I’m quite sure he started gaining weight while I was holding him. I tried to sit down with him in my lap at one point, but he started crying because he couldn’t see the bright yellow thing anymore! So adorable!
After about 45 minutes, we head down to the 3rd floor. By Friday, we had 5 babies spread across 3 different rooms! One of our little girls is almost a full blown toddler. She’s quite smart and is even mimicking some English words like bubbles and baby. Bubbles are her all time favorite! I’m fairly certain we blew enough bubbles this week to fill the entire hospital! Two of our kids on the 3rd floor are able to walk. If they don’t have an IV port in their foot, we can put little shoes on them and help them walk around the room. Little J took his first steps all by himself this week!
Morning and afternoon shifts are similar except that in the mornings we deliver diapers at 11:00. FFR provides diapers for the entire hospital. Before this ministry, the children wore rags instead of diapers. Now we provide the hospital with nearly 4,000 diapers a month! For more information about the difference a diaper can make or for information on becoming a diaper sponsor, check out this page: http://firmfoundationsromania. com/projects/hospital
By the time we deliver the needed amount of diapers throughout each wing of the hospital, it’s time to change our kiddos. Shortly after we finish the diaper changing, bottles start arriving. I’ve gotten to feed D his bottle several times this week and those times will stand as several of my favorite memories. There’s nothing like holding a sweet little baby and looking down into his chocolate eyes, seeing contentment and peace written therein. Cool weather, rain, and a belly full of warm milk are the perfect ingredients for cuddling and rocking babies to sleep. It seems surreal that I have the privilege of holding these precious, innocent ones. I can’t help but pray for them and kiss their little foreheads as they sleep. These children and I have such different lives, yet we have the same Creator who loves each of them with steadfast love, who loves me with steadfast love, who loves YOU with steadfast love.
It’s so tempting to worry about these children (and I do often) and focus on what I can do for them. In such a beautiful way, I was reminded this morning that I can do nothing on my own. Luke 12 reminds me not to worry because God not only knows every detail about us, but he also cares for and treasures us (v. 6-7, 22-32)! My job is not to save the world, my job to be a willing instrument of our Savior’s love (1 Cor. 15:57-58).
“For He delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.” Psalm 72:12-14