A Thousand Tears. A Million Smiles.


Nurse Malia graciously shares her recent thoughts in this post:

Front CoverWell this was a surprise! Opened my mail and found my face staring back at me on a cover of a magazine. I almost fell over!

This moment is not about me, though. It’s about the little girl in my arms, 2-year-old Mobarega and the amazing organization World Medical Mission, who came to the aid of the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, so that I and many other nurses from around the world could be their nurses.

At 2-years-old, Mobarega is a refugee...How do you even comprehend that?

She lost her home and some of her family members, and she has extensive leg scars from wounds endured from her escape. She spent nearly two months at Memorial Christian Hospital where I volunteered in Bangladesh. She endured countless conscious sedations to debride and close her wounds. I had to hold her down as doctors completed a delayed primary closure. I tried to console her as she screamed out to God to save her. She couldn’t walk and had to be carried by her mother 24/7. She cried a thousand tears.

Restoring HopeBUT despite all that—this little girl, at just 2-years-old, fiercely prevailed over the most severe darkness any human could endure. The life in her eyes was astounding. Though she cried a thousand tears—she smiled a million smiles.  You could never make eye contact with her without her smiling back at you. And she didn’t just smile with her face—she smiled so deeply INTO you that it literally penetrated your soul and felt like an arrow of love shot through you. (This picture is evidence!!)

How does a 2-year-old who just went through the most tragic and painful experience have such incredible resilience, fortitude and grace? Mobarega, you are a 2-year-old hero, and you changed my life. I hope to be like you when I’m going through hard times. I hope to be as strong as you are and as gracious and kind as you are. I hope to smile even when life is cruel. Keep smiling, sweetie. Keep smiling. My heart smiles because of you!

PartnershipsFriend, please consider getting involved with these incredible organizations - World Medical Mission, Samaritans Purse, Doctors Without Borders, and most of all Memorial Christian Hospital in Bangladesh. They are the only place able to give orthopedic surgical interventions to the Rohingya refugees coming into the camps.

The doctors, surgeons and staff there are expats from the US and dedicated their lives to serving the people of Bangladesh—and now the nearly million Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar. Learn about this crisis, and please prayerfully consider donating your time to serve as a volunteer or even contributing financially. Not for me...but because they saved Mobarega’s leg and her life.