Several weeks ago we signed our new agreement with Yaysan Peduli Tuna Daksa (Limbs for the Limbless). Part of the agreement was that they could use the LDS Church buildings in whatever cities we had them and they were thrilled with that option!. So their first assessment under the agreement was today at the LDS building in Semarang.
Assessments do no take very long per patient – they look at the problem and determine if a prosthesis will help. If it will, a plaster cast is made, which just takes a few minutes, and the person is on their way. If a prosthetic will not help, the person is (sadly and unfortunately) sent away. If the patient cannot walk or support themselves, or if their leg will not straighten, a prosthetic leg (or legs) will not help and what they probably need is a wheelchair. If that is the case, they are referred to UCP/RUK, our wheelchair partner.
It was a great day! We started at 7:30 and ended up about 2:30. There were about 75 people assessed. We will be back on March 9 to fit them with their new legs and arms! The people were so nice, so in need and so appreciative. These prosthetics can make such a difference in their lives and it is so humbling helping the Lord helping His children. As the people were very carefully getting out of the bus, walking with great effort into the waiting area, struggling on crutches, wheelchairs or with a severe limping, with some even being carried, I couldn’t help but think of the scripture, ‘and the lame shall walk’. After this program, they will indeed!