Day 17 December—A prayer for our children. Kept in God’s love. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God ...” (1 John 3:1)
I pray for my children and grandchildren to comprehend the love that you have for them. For the gospel of grace to be deeper and deeper into their hearts, transforming them into the likeness of Jesus; and freeing them for a life of caring, serving, and worshiping you.
I pray for my friends and family who have yet to discover your safe haven of grace. I pray that you would create situations to help them discover their need of Jesus, the magnificent beauty of being kept by you.
I am reminded that our children are comforted by the unconditional love we give them. They are kept. We will never let go of them. How much more awesome it is to thank you, gracious God for never letting your children go…we are kept. .
Jay Nepal International Medical Camp. November 2018.
Pictured is a young teenage girl receiving an ultrasound. She came into the camp with abdominal pain and was worried because she didn’t know what it was. It was found that she was a few weeks pregnant with her first child. In Nepal it is very common for girls to have their 1st child at a younger age, especially in rural communities such as Bodgaun.
According to the UNFPA girls aged 15-19 are twice as likely as women aged 20-24 to die during pregnancy. One of the most common health risks for younger women is a fistula. Young women are not physically developed enough to deliver a child so they often face prolonged labour. During labour the baby exerts pressure against the soft tissues in the mother’s pelvis which causes the tissue to die, leaving a hole or what is known as a fistula.
Another problem that is often seen in communities such as this is uterine prolapse, which affects roughly 600,000 women in Nepal. Among the causes of this condition are applied pressure during delivery, strenuous manual labour before childbirth and giving birth at a young age.