Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Okay so I sure didn't mean to be such a "Debbie Downer" in reporting on our day at Scottish Rite.  While the outcome wasn't what we were hoping for, that doesn't mean we are giving up hope!  It just might be that helping Miduk will mean helping him in other ways.  Maybe not healing his hip in the way that we had hoped, but helping him in his transition back to Indonesia by providing some other opportunities for him.  I have to admit, I have been dreaming about him returning home to his family, WALKING into his village and into his home without crutches and a completely healed hip.  Linley and I spoke last night and she has some ideas for apprenticeships for Miduk so that he can work and earn some money and help his family.  That is what is expected in his culture.  If you do not work then you are a burden to the family.  And it looks like farming won't be a good possibility for Miduk, whether he has the hip fusion surgery or not.  Linley has some contacts who might be willing to teach Miduk a trade such as being a tailor.  Another idea is for him to become an apprentice at the shop where leg braces and other prosthetics are made.  That might be a good option for him!  Linley keeps up with all the children she helps, and continues to look after them long after the physical healing takes place. :)

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