Showing love to children

February 21, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Dr. Bourama Sidibe has taken a special interest to make sure children around Segou, Mali have access to health services. (Photo submitted)

(Editor’s note: Dr. Bourama Sidibe is the director of Mission Saint Luc in Segou, Mali. He began his ministry to rural villages in the region in November 2015.) 

Showing love to children

By Bourama Sidibe

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for Him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:15-16.

Children are utterly dependent on their parents for all their needs. But in many of our societies they are not understood or considered as it should be.

I was born and grew up in a village. In my childhood, I suffered some preventable diseases like all the children of my age because of some disfavoring factors.

I saw many children, including four of my siblings, die in childhood by complications of malaria because of lack of proper understanding of their parents about this disease and lack of an appropriate health facility.

We still see the same situation in many villages in rural areas where the children don’t have adequate care and attention from adults. The children would like to be listened to or to have responses from their multiple questions. They are permanently in need of cares and attention from adults.

They need to understand their society and have fundamental questions about events that happen in their environment.

In our traditional societies the little children have their rights ignored.

It was the same in the society where Jesus was born. He saw the injustice the children were going through because of barriers made by adults.

Jesus wanted to change these situations by allowing children to enjoy his attention and cares.

The disciples constituted barriers to the fulfillment of children’s desires, but Jesus reprimanded his disciples from hindering them.

Jesus still loves the little children and he wants to bless them. That is why in Mission Saint Luc every year we have programs that allow children to come to Christ.

In rural Segou, children live with preventable diseases by ignorance or negligence of their parents. We started a program touching them in many villages.

We go around to every village talking with them about measures preventing some diseases like bilharzias, intestinal worms, water borne diseases and malaria. At the same time, we distribute drugs for them to fight intestinal worms.

We identified those with bilharzias and treat them till they get cured, and we receive malaria cases in our clinic for proper cares.

While carrying out these programs, some adults find that we take too much care of children and ignore the adults. Some of them feel annoyed like the disciples were with the little ones who came to Jesus.

In these two months, thousands of children benefited from our program of awareness and distribution of medicines against intestinal worms and bilharzias.

Jesus is touching and blessing children through Mission Saint Luc in Segou.

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