I felt a connection with this beautiful spirit before I ever received a letter from her, and now having heard from her, I love her so much more!
Nafula is 14 and lives in Uganda
“Dear Alisa, how are you and your Emma (my cat)? I hope you’re fine. Me and my family are fine and healthy. I am praying hard that also you get a family of a husband and children. As you asked about my favorite color in your previous letter, I would like to answer you. My favorite color is pink. No! I don’t have any pets but I have gained the interest of getting a pet cat and hope very soon I will get one. I would like to become a teacher just like you teaching young children. I like reading, drawing, and playing. I am also praying for you to succeed. My family members are grateful to have you as a family. I would like to answer your question about the health in my country. In my country there is an outbreak of a disease commonly known as cholera, but God being my protector, me and my family are healthy and alive. I thank God who healed you from the tonsils that were in your throat. All in all may the good Lord protect you and enlarge your territories. I would love to end this letter wishing you the very best and a colorful year full of God’s glory. I send greetings to your beloved students. I love you and them so much. Nice time. May God bless you. Nafula Faith”
Could she be any sweeter?
My week last week took an unexpected turn. Over the weekend, I had not been feeling well. I had a sore throat, headache, dizzy spells, stomachache, fatigue… my symptoms were all over the place. On Monday, I was feeling worse and I barely made it through work. I hate taking sick days and not being there for my students, but I knew I needed to take one to rest up and hopefully feel much better. I was also coming down with a fever. I wasn’t big on the idea of going to the doctor, since I figured I had the flu and they wouldn’t be able to do anything for me. But as my symptoms progressed even more on Tuesday and new ones appeared, I decided to go to urgent care. I was shocked to find out I had strep throat, scarlet fever, a sinus infection, and a peritonsillar abscess. Here I thought I’d regret going, but everything I had needed to be treated by antibiotics, so I’m so grateful I did. Even the doctor said she was glad I went in. I haven’t had strep since I was a kid, never had scarlet fever, and never even heard of a peritonsillar abscess…
So just like that, my week changed and I had to stay home Wednesday and Thursday too. When I let my boss know, she told me to also take Friday off. I figured I’d definitely be better by Friday with the antibiotics and steroids, but I agreed. I was told to come back to urgent care Wednesday for a recheck of my tonsil. It still was the same, so then I was told to come back again on Friday for another recheck. By then, I could feel the strep/scarlet fever and sinus infection were getting better. However that tonsil and the side of my neck it was on were still swollen and I wasn’t sure if it would have to be aspirated. When I went back for the second recheck on Friday, I was told I’ll have to come back again on Sunday (today). They want to make sure it’s going down and not staying the same or it will have to be aspirated.
All these days stuck on the couch and in bed sick, with little motivation to do anything, had me checking Compassion’s website quite a bit, hoping to see a new correspondent. Finally on Thursday evening, there was beautiful Nafula Faith from Uganda, a country that has become very near and dear to my heart.
Feeling discouraged and worried about this potentially serious abscess, God reminded me to have Faith! 😉
Faith is 14 and lives a little outside the capital city of Kampala. I’m thrilled to have a new teen girl to write to.