4-Year-Old, Believe, Battles A Brain Tumor

We can’t always give details of every single bit of help or support we provide to those beyond our established ministry projects. Doing so would require us to write a book—if not a series. But we have often been led to help those suffering, both in a collective sense or on an individual basis, depending on how the Holy Spirit guides us.

Certainly, we are unable to help with every need that crosses our paths in the mission fields of Africa.

On this note, I’d like to introduce you to Believe! That’s not a directive—but an actual introduction to an amazing little person. 

Our ministry colleague in Zimbabwe, Cozmore has brought to our attention the physical needs of 4-year-old Believe Moyo. He is from Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, and lives close to one of our small-scale farming projects. 

We are helping Believe with his desperate need for medical attention. He is suffering from what is thought to be a brain tumor called Cerebellar Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (JPA). 

Our colleague Ashley has done some research on Believe’s condition. 

“A JPA can develop anywhere within the central nervous system i.e., brain and spinal cord,” Ashley says. “Most cases arise in the lower area of the brain near the back of the neck that controls movement and balance (cerebellum), the brainstem, the hypothalamic region, or the optic nerve pathways.

“JPA’s have a slow growth rate, and this leads to years of ‘common sickness’ symptoms before presenting with obstructive hydrocephalus (large, swollen head).

At this point, imaging scans of his brain are needed. Some of the tests and procedures may also include, MRI, CT scans, biopsies, and possibly other tests. 

Believe’s parents are both unemployed. Before the Covid restrictions, his father did temporary work selling cellular airtime at a traffic intersection to feed his family – this is now prohibited. 

We are helping to alleviate the distress Believe Moyo and his family are going through and would appreciate your prayers for them!  

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Life in Zimbabwe is difficult. The feeling of loneliness and hopelessness has escalated during this Covid season; job losses from lockdowns, have only added to the suffering, brutality, and abject poverty.

Locals are longing for a safe place where they can meet and talk with Christian counselors—a place where they can be helped to grow in their faith. 

But a place like that doesn’t exist in Gwayi River, Zimbabwe, until Cozmore started building it—made possible with your support.   

Through your prayers and gifts, Cozmore and us are building this mission base. We are thankful for your partnership.  

Cozmore is thrilled! 

“Without God’s international family, we wouldn’t have had the resources to build this ministry base,” he says. “The Lord’s hand is clearly on this project. He brought us together!”

Our aim is to further Christ’s Kingdom by the preaching of the Gospel and discipling the families in our local surroundings. 

Our In Touch Mission International (ITMI) ministry partners have blessed the base with two functioning milling machines, a borehole, and fencing for the property. Right now, Cozmore is setting up the solar systems to run the borehole machinery. We aim to soon produce more vegetables and train others to do the same, to help our hungry, hurting friends.  

The local Department of Prisons and Correctional Services has asked if we can provide labor opportunities on our mission base for their non-violent offenders in need of meeting restitution requirements. 

“I see great Gospel opportunities,” says Cozmore. “The Lord is doing something here. I can’t wait to see the fruits of this mission base. All to further Christ’s Kingdom!”

P.S. Presently, we are not raising funds for Believe; Sonja and I are covering his diagnostic tests with our personal support. Should you feel led to support our Zimbabwe ministry, please click here.

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