THESE CHILDREN NEED OUR LOVE AND OUR PRAYERS

August 27, 2009 § Leave a comment

This has been an eye opening week for me. I’ve been to many meetings and workshops, far more than usual within just one week. One of the workshops that really stands out for me is the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) workshop. It was quite enlightening. Since I’m currently working in the Kewtown Primary School where the results of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is so evident, this workshop is one that is of particular importance.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a disorder that can occur to an embryo when a pregnant woman ingests alcohol during pregnancy. While ingesting alcohol during pregnancy does not always result in FAS the possibility is great. The current recommendation of the US Surgeon General is to abstain from the use of all alcohol during a pregnancy.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol that can be used while pregnant. Additionally, there are no safe times during pregnancy to drink alcohol and no safe type of alcohol. For this reason the US Center for Disease Control encourages women not to drink alcohol at any time, in any amount, during pregnancy.

There is another great concern. It is common for a woman to be pregnant for several weeks or even months without being aware of it. It is therefore urged that if a woman is sexually active without the aid of birth control she abstain from drinking. Certainly if any woman is planning on or expecting a pregnancy she should give up all alcohol until after the baby arrives. How to be sure…if a woman does not use alcohol at all during pregnancy, it is not possible that her child would be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)…

If a pregnant woman does drink alcohol, it is in her blood and it passes through the placenta to the baby. The use of alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a many lifelong disorders for the child. Children with FASDs are likely to display some, if not all of the following behaviors and characteristics:

*Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum)

*Low body weight

*Small head size

*Shorter-than-average height

*Hyperactive behavior

*Poor coordination

*Inability to maintain focus

*Inability to reason

*Difficulty paying attention

*Deficiency in mathematics

*Difficulty learning

*Slurred or delayed speech

*Low IQ

*Poor judgment

*Sleep problems

*Sucking problems

*Poor vision

*Hearing problems

*Problems with the heart, kidney, and/or bones

It’s obvious in looking at the above list that this insidious affliction can result in a host of problems for the precious little one afflicted with FASDs and there is no cure. Let me say that again…THERE IS NO CURE!

Some of my concerns are that there are so many children enrolled in Kewtown Primary School that we have identified as possibly having FASDs. Since it’s a known fact that Children with FASDs have learning difficulties, and this is evident in Kewtown Primary it presents a huge problem for us. These children could be easily misunderstood and could be classified as “stupid” and/or could be shouted at in class by an educator who doesn’t understand the problem and just isn’t able to cope with them. It is our responsibility to love these youngsters and have patience with them. Their conditions are through no fault of their own and what they need now is help, love and understanding. We are there to see that they receive what they need. My heart goes out to each of them especially as there is no cure for this disease. The other thing that I also know is that these children need our prayers…there is nothing impossible for God.

We will continue to pray for these little ones and ask God to give us the wisdom we need to work with them. I will not give up on them. I will be committing myself to them and in addition to prayer do everything I can to accommodate these precious little children.

I ASK THAT YOU JOIN US IN PRAYER AS WE PRAY FOR THESE CHILDREN AND ALL THE CHILDREN ACROSS THE WORLD WHO SUFFER THIS DREADED DISEASE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 NIV

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