In a few words, Sr. Emma says it all:
“God is marvelous. That is what I see when I look at the children.”
I think that’s exactly what Jesus sees too – the handiwork of God -when he looks at the faces of the children at the Chisombezi Deaf-Blind Center in Malawi. What a stark contrast to the negative attitudes that many of the children are confronted with in society. Because of their handicaps, sometimes even their own families look down on them as a burden rather than a gift from God, made in His image. Some are deaf, some are blind, some are both, and some suffer from additional physical and mental disabilities. But they are still God’s children. And that makes them perfect.
The love shown by Sr. Emma and the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the reason why Cross Catholic supports the
Deaf-Blind Center – the first of its kind in Malawi.
The specialized education, the nutritious meals, and the therapy are giving these children a chance to escape isolation and utter helplessness; but maybe even more important are the friendships, the dignity, and the self-confidence they are experiencing thanks to Sr. Emma’s labor of love.