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Mpho's incredible journey

Healing rooms on Saturday was an incredible time for Eric and Mpho and for me too.

 

Just to give you some background on the situation with Mpho – he has been in a rehabilitation centre since mid-October and was discharged 2 weeks ago as there was nothing more the centre could do for him. Upon leaving Joburg Gen in October, Mpho’s joints in limbs were stiff to the point that if you tried to open or bend them, it sounded as though his bones were cracking – it was almost impossible to ‘unbend’ them. This stiffness is an indication of the severity of his brain injuries. His joints were so stiff that his arms were crossed over his chest and his wrists were ‘spastic’ (for want of a better word).

 

The rehabilitation centre, although government, did a great work physically with him through OT, Physio and Speech therapy. Coming out the rehab a few weeks ago his joints were much more loose, he put on a lot of weight and, despite his severe brain damage, he is alert and ‘awake’ which is incredible in itself. He is able to decipher noise/voices and tries to look around to find where its coming from. He often cried when I would read him stories and I am almost certain he was trying to smile a few times. He cannot walk or talk and is fed a nourishing ‘milkshake’ intravenously.

 

At the healing rooms there was such hope for the future of Mpho and all that we have to look forward to for him. After praying and declaring heaven on earth, Hedalyn asked Mpho to move his right leg. He flexed his right foot and toes and move his leg out to the right and then back again. When we declared movement in his limbs he was moving his right arm and shoulder. Neither of which were possible before. The fact that he was even able to articulate the instruction and obey is incredible. The intricate link between the brain and the body is fascinating, brain injuries require bodily exercise to encourage activity within the brain. Instead of the brain healing the body, the brain relies on movement and exercise of the body to send signals back to the brain which spark increased brain activity. His body moving is really a miracle! I felt such a joy in him, he was ‘smiling’ the entire time and had wet eyes from tears.

 

Hedalyn confirmed many things I have been feeling both for Mpho and for Eric – which I kept to myself thinking it was just ‘wishful thinking’. I believe that God is using this time to minister to Mpho and depart His plans and purpose for Mpho once his body has healed. For me, Eric’s love and devotion to Mpho resembles that of God for His children. Such unconditional love, devotion, care and sacrifice for his boy mirrors the love God has for us. It has taught me so much. Eric has barely worked for the past 6 months as he has been by his boy’s bedside and travelling between eastgate and Pretoria to visit Mpho in rehab. He is now not working at all but looking after Mpho full-time as he has no one to look after his boy. I am going to look for care places for him as this is not a sustainable solution.

 

He says Mpho’s progress has been amazing since Saturday and I look forward to seeing it myself. I will be bringing him back until he is healed completely.

 

This has been an incredible journey for me and has taught me so much and which I feel others can be encouraged by too. It has taught me to always obey where God calls me, but also to be open to what He is trying to teach me. I came in wanting Mpho to be healed on day 1 and came away almost disillusioned by the 4th month that he was still in such a bad state. God has given me so much perspective on healing. We place so much focus on the physical body, assuming a miracle would only take place once he is able to walk and talk again. God is bigger than this – of course He would heal Mpho’s body – but He is sovereign and had more in mind than this. Mpho’s spirit is alive and well and I and some of my friends have spent the past few months blessing his spirit, declaring the truth God has for him deep into his spirit. If we are to be led by the spirit first and body last, he is well on his way to recovery! Besides this, I needed to understand that the body is not everything. Our bodies last maximum 90 years but our spirit and soul forever. God has been working on these two more important things in Mpho and everyone else who has been involved. He has used this time to reveal more of His character, more of His goodness, faithfulness, commitment to us and provision. Eric has gone through ‘hell’ the past few months and yet he is victorious. He continues to inspire me and others by his complete belief in God’s faithfulness and plans. It took this journey to cut down my pride and belief that I can do anything in my own strength. It has taught me that because I don’t know everything I can only trust in God’s plans because he DOES know everything. Time does not limit God or His plans  - just because Mpho cannot walk or taught yet doesn’t mean the time for healing is ‘over’, if anything it just means God is not finished doing His work yet. Eric constantly reminds me of the story of Lazarus who had been dead 4 days already.

 

Mpho’s story has touched so many people’s lives and the journey he and Eric have had to go through will add to the authenticity of their testimony when Mpho is physically healed. It will contribute to the authority they have in their ministry for the Lord – I am certain of this. This story has inspired people of faith to push harder and deeper into the things of God – that He is a REAL God that is after more than just ‘doing church’. And even if it takes the next 20 years until Mpho is physically healed I have complete trust in God’s sovereignty and His good plans for Mpho and Eric. Something I never would have fully comprehended 6 months ago.

 

Basically, I see Mpho healed 100%. His story will lead so many to the Lord. I cant wait until that day but until then I am trusting God’s process and the journey He is taking us all on.

 

Central Parks is doing amazing things and truly is ‘going after the heart and things of God’. I hope this good news is an encouragement to you and the rest of the church – especially those going through tough times!

- Jayde Alexander