Run, Run, as Fast as You Can, and Push, Push

IMG_0436When your dad/uncle needs to go somewhere quickly or a great distance, run and push.  Push and run!

That’s what three Swazi boys did to get a man to a Luke Commission mobile hospital recently.

Hezekiel Dlamini, age 51, received a PET cart in 2013 when TLC visited his rural community of Luve.

When The Luke Commission returned in 2014, Hezekiel was determined to be there.  He appreciates his PET cart and uses it every day.

However, he wanted to ask for a regular wheelchair, too.

IMG_0428“We came 5 kilometers this morning with me steering and the kids pushing.”

Hezekiel fell from a truck in 1989 and has been lame ever since.  He can walk ever so little and use one arm slightly.

The father of five children, ages 18, 16, 11, 9, and 5, Hezekiel also received the help of his brother’s boy to run and push him to the rural school where TLC was offering free medical treatment for a day.

“I’m thanking The Luke Commission,” said Hezekiel.  “But many days I cannot drive the PET because my arms are not working.   Some days I can use my arms if I go slowly.”

The man is a farmer and, with his wife’s help, grows sweet potatoes, maize, peanuts, and beans.

He loads his produce from the back of his PET cart in the rural areas.  His wife and the kids push the cart while he sells the vegetables.

“I am asking for grease for the wheels of my cart and oil for the chain that drives the handles,” said Hezekiel.  “This cart has helped me support my family.”

The Luke Commission is grateful to PET Energy Transportation, which provides the special carts, and to Free Wheelchair Mission, which provides regular wheelchairs.  They are assembled at TLC outreaches and given to whomever the medical personnel assesses as needing them and being able to use them.

To God be the glory!

Janet Tuinstra for the whole Luke Commission team everywhere

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