Disease Enters Family Again
Although Shara and her daughter experienced healing, disease still lurked near the family.
They lived in a hot land dotted with sparse trees and dusty hills. Temperatures often soared above 100 degrees for weeks on end. In such hot climates, water was essential in fighting dehydration and heat-related illnesses.
But stagnant ponds and water reservoirs provided opportune breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Besides being pesky and producing irksome bites, mosquitoes also transmitted deadly diseases.
Jitan and other daily laborers tried to shield themselves from mosquito bites while they worked, but they had no protection at night—their sparse daily earnings left them no extra money to buy things like mosquito nets.
In 2015, one of those disease-laden mosquitoes found Shara's husband. Soon, a fever raged as malaria parasites coursed through Jitan's body.
Malaria was no stranger to the people in this region—according to a World Health Organization study1, 1.5 million cases of malaria were confirmed that year in 11 countries, including Jitan and Shara's. While Jitan turned to medical doctors for treatment, Shara turned in hidden prayer to Jesus. Jitan recovered after three weeks of prayer and treatment and credited his healing to the medicine. But although he survived, Jitan and his family remained defenseless against future cases of malaria.
Life Changed by Mere Mesh
Five months after Jitan's recovery, the GFA-supported pastor at Shara's church organized a gift distribution for people in the community. He knew about Jitan's struggle with malaria, so he put Shara's name down and 149 others who would receive a mosquito net.
On the day of the distribution, 97-degree sunshine warmed Shara's skin as she went home with her precious mosquito net. These yards of fabric meant her family would be safe at night from mosquito bites, and it represented how God saw even their small needs.
"My husband suffered with malaria fever," Shara said. "Consequently, he is physically weak. But this mosquito net will be protection for my family now."