What a Christmas gift!!!!

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted December 29, 2020 from Cameroon

Gareth is very sick, he is anemic, he needs  blood transfusion were the words his father whispered in tears!!!!   This Christmas will always be special. Its the first my children have  spent without their Dad at home but locked up in one horrible prison for talking against violation of human right. Its also the first I felt the impact of encouragement and of belonging to the World Pulse sisterhood as I got so many lovely messages from our sisters. I want to thank you all especially my beloved Jill who continuously checked on me and the children. You showed us so much unconditional love!!! Thank you so so much my dear. It was also special because I got a perfect gift on Christmas day at about 7pm , a sick little boy who was very anemic and had been rushed to my house from the village. Little Gareth happen to be the first son of a girl who lived with me about six years ago. My husband travelled to the village for a ceremony and one of their neighbors approach him with 10years old girl and begged him to bring her to live with us and continue her school which he did. When he arrived home I looked at him in disbelief. My house was full. It was as if I was operating a charity home. But then I thought of the joy that comes with giving someone hope and accepted. Her name was Median. She was a little retarded, finding it hard with book work and so she had to learn a trade in dress making. It took her about 5 years but she finally graduated.

We bought her a sewing machine and she lived with us until she was 18years old. She decided she wanted to go back to the village and establish a workshop. At first I tried to discourage her but she insisted so I gave in. We gave her some money to buy the sewing accessories she needed and pocket allowance to sustain her until she settled down. I missed her so much. She had become part of the family so it was hard for my children I. She eventually got married and gave birth to a baby boy which she name Gareth after my son in appreciation of all that we did for her. Six months ago she gave birth to twins (a boy, and a girl).  Little Gareth became sick on the 23rd in the morning. He was taken to the village health post and was diagnosed with malaria and anaemia. So the father had to travel with him for two days on bad roads to Bamenda were i live and they arrived my home on Christmas evening. That day my daughter Therese had invited her friends to spend Christmas with us. After spending quality time  with them I felt tired coupled with the thought of my husband not being with us. I decided to get some rest. About 7pm I heard a hard knock on my door. We all panicked and I thought to myself" Not again my God" On opening the door I saw Median's husband carrying little Gareth on his back. My heart melted as i took the little boy from him. He was looking tired, pale and hungry. I asked Therese to give him a bath while I prepared food for both of them. 

It was late and unsafe to drive to the hospital and the ambulance call out services are hopeless out here. During our night prayers I spontaneously altered the words"Lord I thank you for my perfect Christmas gift Gareth" I couldn't sleep that night. I found myself going to the guest room every 30 minutes to check on him. About 2am I asked his dad if I could bring him to my room and he accepted. He also needed some good sleep. I had not done this kind of "baby sitting" for many years especially as my last (Therese) is 10 years old.  I brought them to hospital on the 26th were he is being treated now and is responding well. I call him my perfect Christmas present because I had planned to visit the orphanage with my children to spend Christmas with some children with disabilities  living there. Unfortunately I could not mobilise enough resources to do so. I worked so hard on my beaded shoes production and sales but it was not enough as there are forty children with disabilities living there. I felt really disappointed. I really wanted to touch lives in a special way this Christmas. Its been hard work bringing food to them at least twice a day and checking on them everyday. But I just thank God he gave me the opportunity to touch a live through Gareth and that is why I call him my perfect Christmas gift. I am not giving up on the orphanage program. I look forward to doing so sometime this year.

 

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello, dear Regina,

You give so much. Your light shines so brightly. I didn't know you have two Gareths in your life. You are indeed a mother of many. Please don't be too hard on yourself, dear, if you weren't able to visit those in the orphanage. We see your heart. You have done so much this year. You are enough. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us!

May your 2021 be filled with love, joy, peace, grace, and abundance! May your husband find justice and be released from prison. May you have more donors to come.

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Complement of the season my dear sister in Christ Karen. Thank you so much for always, encouraging, motivating, inspiring and validating through your kind words.
Reaching out to others have always being my passion and it gives a lot of joy.
Thanks for your prayer for my husband and good wishes for the year 2021.
I thank God you and your family are well and safe.
Sending you heaps of hugs and love from my family and I.
Regina

ESEZA MUKYALA
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Dear sis Regina,
You are such a kind and loving mother of many.
May the Almighty father continue to reward you abundantly and may he bless the work of your hands. Happy 2021 my dear.
Eseza Mukyala........ Lots of love!

ESEZA MUKYALA
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Dear sis Regina,
You are such a kind and loving mother of many.
May the Almighty father continue to reward you abundantly and may he bless the work of your hands. Happy 2021 my dear.
Eseza Mukyala........ Lots of love!

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Hello Sister Eseza, Thanks so much for your kind words. Thanks so much for your beautiful prayer of blessings.
You also be blessed this 2021 and always.
Hope you are well and safe
Love××××× Regina

valem
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Dear sister Regina how are you?
You touch me with your character of caring for the welfare of others surely your sacrifice is a perfume before God.

Regina Afanwi Young
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Hello my dear Valem, am doing fine my dear to the glory of God. Am so glad to hear I do inspire you. Yes dear as long as it puts a smile on someone's face am glad to do so.
A very blessed and happy new year to you, your family and friends.

Nini Mappo
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Hello Regina,
This post spells love in so many words!! It exemplifies why empowering a woman empowers a whole community. You, sis Regina, exemplify why empowering a woman empowers a whole community. You are like a fresh water spring where your people come to be refreshed, because they know that when they come they will be loved, served, and cared for. This is such a lovely story of your caring heart in action. God Bless you for your commitment to love and serve his people.
May the peace that is in the presence of our Immanuel-God with us, shelter you and your family and all the people in your care, all through 2021 :)

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 02
Jan 02

Thanks Nini, my beloved sister in Christ. You always make me see more Value in my work. Thanks so much for always taking time to read and analyse. God's abundance blessings and protection on your family too my dear.
Happy and blessed new year

Marie Abanga
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Hello Reg,

You have a heart of gold. To keep doing all you do in spite of what you currently deal with, that's a wow. I must also say your husband on bringing Midian unannounced knew you would receive her and love her so.
Blessings abound for you sister
All my love and prayers for you and yours especially in this season

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 02
Jan 02

Thanks sis Marie dear, for the complement . tonnes of blessings yo you and your family also.
Happy new year sis.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Dear Regina,
Reading through your story, I just want to send you so much love, for the woman you are, for doing the seemingly impossible, over and over again. How wonderful it is, how empowering and inspiring to be able to know you better through your story. You embody the true spirit of World Pulse. Stepping up every time to huge challenges, and finding ways to make change happen for everyone in your life, and everyone lucky enough to find you and become part of your family.
Much love,
Tam

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 02
Jan 02

Hello Mama Tam, You always have a unique way of putting those words of encouragement. You always lift my spirit through your lovely comments. You always make me see so much value in my work. Thank you so much mum Tam.
Happy new year and lots of blessings this 2021

Jill Langhus
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Oh, Love, you're such a dear. I don't know many people with such a loving heart as you. Thanks for sharing dear Gareth's whole story, and for the shout out, too! You're so amazing. Please do take some rest, dear:-) XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 02
Jan 02

Beloved Jill, all thanks to your love and care I still have the strength to carry on without giving up.
Thank you so much for the woman you are. I have learnt to show so much love to others as a result of the love and care I have experienced from you.
Yes dear I do promise I will do my best to take some rest.
Hope you have a great weekend
Lots of love Jill

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

You're very welcome, dear.

Ah, you're too humble:-) You already knew how to unconditionally love, but thanks for saying that.

Yes, please on rest.

XX

Joshua Oyedele
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

I'm convinced that there are still much kind mother out there. You story is amazing, awesome and encouraging to continue to good and a lesson not to give up in case all is not going as planned.

Thanks again.

Cheers to a great new year 2021

Honorine Ngenwi
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

That's very nice of you my darling sister. All wells that ends well. What matters is how far you go and not how fast you go. You will visit them another time.
Happy new year to all in the house.
Love you
Hugs

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 02
Jan 02

Thanks beloved Honorine for all your support and love.
Yes dear I will certainly visit the orphanage in future. Stay blessed. Greetings to the family. Regina

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 11
Jan 11

Thanks for the kind words Joshua. Hope you are well and safe. A blessed new year to you.

Amanda Obidike
Jan 02
Jan 02

Happy New Year, Regina and thank you so much for opening your home and heart towards your Community. God exceedingly blesses those who gives. May He keep providing for you and your family.
Thank you so much for also putting smiles on their faces this season. I know they will always remember a Mrs. Regina who supported them and brought them out of the mental and social challenge in the years to come.
God bless you. I pray your dear husband is also exonerated and can be with his family soon.

Happy New Year ❤️

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 11
Jan 11

Thanks so much sis Amanda for the kind words. I am so blessed to be given such opportunities to reach out to vulnerable persons. Thanks also for the prayers for my husband.
A blessed and happy new year to you also sis.

ARREY- ECHI
Jan 04
Jan 04

When in tears, we choose to make others smile, we feel happy and fulfilled. The Bible was not wrong at Acts 20:35 when it said there is more happiness in giving than in receiving.

This joy and satisfaction can only come from a deep kind soul.

Thank you for being there for first the mom and now, little Gareth dear Sis Regina.
Glad he is doing well and I pray your happiness be restored fully soon.

Warm.hugs and love.

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 11
Jan 11

Hello Arrey my sister. You always inspire me with your lovely comments. They are so motivating. Thank you my dear for always appreciating my work. Helping others gives me a lot of joy and satisfaction.
Yes dear it is also my prayer that my husband comes home soon.
I pray you are well and strong sis.
Remain blessed and thank you so much for being you.

Anne-Chantal
Jan 07
Jan 07

A very moving story. Oh yes, there is a special joy that comes in giving. Even when that happens when we have nothing, we are still happy.
Thanks for being a candle of hope for Gareth.
Hugs
Anne-Chantal

Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 11
Jan 11

Thanks so much my dear Anne-chantal. I really do appreciate your kind words.
A happy and blessed new year to you and family