Agnes: Holy Gift From God
By Martha Stott
I remember Agnes as a toddler, standing on my kitchen chair, stretching and reaching for a second cookie after her father has told her, “No more.” With one arm stretching toward the plate, Agnes turned her head to look directly at Sunday.
“Sorry Daddy, sorry Daddy, sorry Daddy,” Agnes said, as her fingers closed around a second cookie.
That memory will forever make me laugh. Haven’t we all been like that, sometimes, with God, reaching for something we want, in defiance of a father who knows what is best?
The second image seared in my memory is of Agnes as a nine-year-old girl, shaking and feverish, fighting for her life in the hospital. There, too, I saw God at work, as her calm mother wiped the sweat from Agnes’s bare back. Love transcends our helplessness in the most dire circumstances.
For Agnes, access to medical care was never the issue.
For many in Nigeria who live in isolated villages, even a pharmacy is out of reach, much less basic health care.
It is fitting, then, that in honor of Agnes, Vision Africa will dedicate donations made in Agnes’s honor to fund medical care in Nigeria. Until you experience it and see it as I did on the Vision Africa 20th anniversary mission in 2017, you cannot image the poverty, the isolation, and the great need.
There is also great love there, as well. Again, love transcends our helplessness. But if there is ever a case where your donations can do great good, this is one of them. I urge those of you who love the Onuohas, who love Vision Africa, and who love to help to make your contribution today.
It will be a wonderful way to remember this wonderful holy child of God who left this earth too soon.