This is just a very brief blog entry to ask for you fervent prayers for one of the girls who has attended the Drop-in Centre with her two kids over the past year. Her name is Joanna, and her kids’ names are Jonathan and Jemima (nearest English equivalents of their names). Just after Anya was born (at the end of Feb) Joanna gave birth to a baby girl and named her Adriana. She is seen above with her mum on the day she and her older brother and sister were dedicated (31st March this year). Joanna has been living off the streets with her partner Martin and her kids for a while now, but the flat where they live is very basic and she and the kids have been coming to the Centre to shower, eat, and wash their clothes on the days when it’s open.
We spoke to one of the MEFI team today and she told us some devastating news. Adriana was killed by a door falling on top of her. At first Joanna and Martin were accused of killing her by the press, but they have now been acquitted. Joanna has been sent to a rehab centre and now Martin’s ex-girlfriend (!) is helping to look after the other 2 kids. Of course the whole family, but especially Joanna, is distraught about the whole incident. And the team are very worried about her and the other kids at the moment and have been unable to visit her so far because the rehab centres don’t allow visitors for the first month.
Please pray for Joanna, Martin, Jonathan, Jemima and the team as they all struggle with their grief and sadness over the loss of such a precious little life.