CBN Indonesia Offers Children Free Surgeries

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CBN Indonesia is giving free cleft and hernia surgeries to suffering children, the majority from poor Muslim families.

The ministry said the surgeries were their way of showing the families God's love by giving their children a better future.

One Indonesian parent said for a year he agonized over the rapid growth of his son's hernia.

"I found out about Irfan's hernia when he was 1 year old," Endang, a father of hernia recipient, said.

"I always brought him to the community clinic because I was alarmed that it was growing bigger and my son always cried complaining that it was painful," he said. "But the community clinic could not help him because he needed surgery."

His son, Irfan, was one of many Muslim children chosen to receive free surgery.

"We barely have money to buy food how much more to pay for the surgery. And so when CBN came to our village and informed us about the free surgery, I registered Irfan right away," Endang said.

Irfan and other Muslim children were taken from their villages to the CBN headquarters in the city. Many traveled up to five hours.

Both patient and parent stayed in the CBN guesthouse before and after the surgeries. They were given food, a place to sleep, and moral support from the staff.

"Ninety-nine percent of them are Muslims from radical groups. In the beginning they question why they are doing this, why they provide everything. Maybe they want to convert us," Director of CBN Indonesia Non Rawung said.

But when the surgeries are successful and the family's begin their new lives to full recovery, they are more than grateful.

"I would like to say a million thanks to CBN for your care and passion to help low class people like us. I am now happy and relieved that my son is healed," Endang said. "Now he has a big chance to be healthy and successful in the future."

Not only are the physical conditions of these children changed but their families and even their communities as well. They see that their problems can be solved. They learn to see life more positively.

Because of the good results, more people come to CBN for help, which means more opportunities for the organization to share God's love to them.

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Lucille Talusan

Lucille Talusan

CBN News Asia

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