Sister Fabiola Jolanta Lech, a midwife with the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, provides health care for poor, rural Ethiopian families at the Cross Catholic Outreach-funded Minne Health Post. Recently, Sr. Fabiola wrote to us about how God is using her to make a difference:
Once I visited the Minne area and saw how much children and women were suffering without any care, I decided with the help of my community to go every time when it is possible…
Through this project, I found myself being more compassionate and open to the people’s need. Many times I found myself crying when I see how poor and simple these people are. It makes me think that truly these people live because they believe in something beyond oneself, thus I know that God is truly great and always is on the side of the weak and meek, as Jesus says, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I many times take these words as mine in order to continue my journey in this lonely place. Knowing that God will always give me the strength I need to continue my work as Servant of the Holy Spirit in this mission entrusted to me.
Taking care of the patients many times makes me feel helpless…However, with little one can do a lot, and it makes me happy when I see the miracles of their quick recovery. It also makes me believe that in places like this you do not need big hospitals or big equipment; with what you have, one can do a lot. I see it many times when I think that a patient who comes almost dying recovers with what we have to offer them.
Looking back, since I became a midwife, I realize that God has used me through helping the women, children and young people in Ethiopia. I feel that through my work I can help people live a more dignified life. Even though sometimes I am helpless, I know that God is also using me to bring them closer to him.