Before she even wakes up the swelling in her joints burns hot. The day begins with unfettered control and not in any need of permission from anyone. The sun begins to peek over the equator as the alarm flashes 7:00 AM. A young woman opens her eyes as she hears her alarm screaming next to her. She doesn’t move. It hurts too much right now. Just a few minutes longer, she pines silently.
In one hour Ketzalina has to be at work. Fortunate to have a job — waitressing at a local restaurant — she knows she has to get up and turn off the alarm. Her body begs and pleads her not to move. Only for a moment, she lies still until her sense of responsibility kicks in and she can wait no longer.
As she lifts herself out of bed, it feels like all of her joints are on fire. Having no other choice, she goes through the rest of the day like this — with little hope and unable to save enough money to change her situation.
Unfortunately, this is the routine that Ketzalina goes through on a regular basis. Last year Ketzalina was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis which has left her joints inflamed and in constant pain when she is conscious. On her small income, Ketzalina is unable to afford the vitamins and supplements that could strengthen her joints and ease her pain.
Thankfully, International Aid has a global footprint with over a hundred partners and one that reached the clinic that Ketzalina frequently attends in El Guabo, Ecuador. We were thrilled to be able to provide her with the vitamins and supplements she desperately needed to help her joints.
Ketzalina’s story is not just unique to her. Many men and women around the globe suffer from diseases and ailments in which they are unable to acquire basic medicines. We find so much joy in providing people who suffer needlessly with vitamins and medicines they so desperately need.
Our global outreach goal is to give God glory by showing love to others through our ongoing processes of providing health resources, like nutritional supplements and over-the-counter medicines, to people in need around the world and here in the U.S.