Today Andy went to Aissa’s village to pick up her Uncle Jean. They found him with no trouble at all and he willingly packed his bags to return to the hospital. He and Aissa will stay there together until we leave Monday morning.
Aissa was over the moon to see him! I haven’t seen her smile this much in a long time. She kept pulling everyone into their room to show them that her uncle had returned. It was great to see her happy.
She and I then went to the house where she has been staying these past months. She sang, and skipped, and shook a little bag of peanuts like a maraca as we walked. We collected her things to bring them to the hospital and on our way home, many people greeted her. It seems they all know little Aissa, star of the neighborhood and she waved and smiled.
I wondered how she would handle the changes in that were coming? She has been here in Meskine for the past year and the hospital, market and it’s surrounding houses have been the center of her universe. Now we prepare for a cross-country adventure! Will she be scared? Excited? When we return and she goes home to her village in the remote bush of Cameroon, will she be happy to be reunited with her sister and grandma? Will she miss her friends and neighbors?
Thank you all for your prayers, I will keep you updated.