||Frida found courage through the 'Good Samaritan Programme'.
Frida's Story in Zambia
In some African communities most physical disabilities are seen as a curse given to the family. In most instances a child with a physical disability is hidden away from their community. This is Frida's story...
When Frida was growing up she knew that she was different. Her community, and even her own mother, treated her differently to everyone else. She was referred to as 'dog'. Frida had no self-esteem and her mother's words of "you will never amount to anything but bring shame on the family" repeated in her head.
Frida is now 32 years old and her life has been transformed. Last year she attended a 'Good Samaritan Programme' group run by the Bible Society of Zambia. This group, sensitizing the community about HIV through teaching and Bible study, had been specifically set up to include persons with disabilities. 'The Good Samaritan' has given her courage and strength and she now knows more about her HIV status. Frida has a husband and two children and she lives without fear, knowing that she is a person with a physical disability but with a right to a life of good quality:
"I thank God for such programmes that are encouraging people like us who did not have hope for anything, but through such programmes we are able to have courage and change our story."
The 'Good Samaritan Programme' not only helped Frida but her community too. Slowly her name changed from 'dog' to 'helper' as her family realised that she was a Good Samaritan to them.
There are many millions of people with a story like Frida's who are still waiting to find the hope that she found in the Bible. Please join with us to pray that the 'Good Samaritan Programme' will continue to grow and reach people of all ages and abilities. Specifically pray for those with a physical disability that are not shown the love that they need. Pray that communities in developing countries would learn to be Good Samaritans.