This is Jessica's Story - a video documentary of the 6 year old, 16 pound little girl with Cerebral Palsy, five siblings and a widowed mother.
Jessica's Story Video Documentary
Video Documentary Jessica's Story from Guatemala   |   Gifts that change lives around the world
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Below: The YouTube Video titled, "Jessica's Story ... Dick Rutgers and Refugio de Esperanza [Hope Haven Guatemala]."
This is Jessica's Story.
Jessica is one of six children, her mother is a widow.
Jessica has Cerebral Palsy.
Jessica was taken to Hope Haven Guatemala (Refugio de Esperanza de Guatemala),
where Mark Richard's organization provides wheelchairs to disabled people who otherwise must crawl all their lives.
Ref: http://www.refugiodeesperanza.org/en/ [Will open in a new browser window.]
Dick Rutgers was at Hope Haven Guatemala when Jessica appeared.
The Lord touched Dick's heart.
This story shows the result.
Dick saw a young girl, only six years old and weighing only sixteen (16) pounds.
He had to do something, sometimes we simply cannot walk away.
Dick shared Jessica's Story with pictures on his website, Ref: http://blog.dickrutgers.com/ [Will open in a new browser window.]
KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri produced a television special about Hope Haven Guatemala.
The video portion of this production is excerpted from that TV special.
I was struck by the images and video.
You will be too.
Jessica's Story is a bitter but sweet story ... sad and happy.
Jessica's eyes tell the story.
Look into her eyes, perhaps Our Father will touch you too.
A little background ... what happens to children born with disabilities in much of the world.
In Guatemala, as well as much of the undeveloped world,
the parents of disabled children cannot afford either wheelchairs or motorized vehicles,
hence the children must crawl in the dirt to attend school.
There are no paved roads.
During the rainy seasons (when school is in session),
the mothers must carry their children to school in their arms.
Often the mothers have other children, or must work to feed their family.
These severely disabled children receive no education,
the children are not able to find employment, even when they grow up.
As a result of their disabilities, these severely disabled children must spend their entire lives as shut-ins at the homes of their desperately indigent parents.
Because there is absolutely no hope for these children to have a future,
and because they present an enormous life-long burden on their parents,
usually the mothers of disabled newborn babies are URGED by their families to kill their children immediately after their birth.

The significance of this documentary video:
Timeline: 0:32 seconds into this video.
Speaking: Amy DeYoung explains what happens in developing nations (third world countries) to children who are born with disabilities,

"I have had lots of the moms tell me
that their mother-in-law tells them
'Just kill it. Kill it! It's just going to ruin your life.' "