Missionaries Lloyd and Joyce Heiney of Mission Mexico sometimes experience sadness in their ministry. This time, though, they also experienced gladness.
Some years ago, United States immigration officers gave an extension of life to five-year-old Isaiah, the youngest child of Lydia in Nuevo Progeso, a friend of the Heineys. Lydia is a single parent, and life is always a challenge for her, but she loves and cares for all her children as best she can.
Five years passed, and the next time the Heineys saw Lydia, she was begging for help on the streets of Nuevo Progreso. Isaiah was very ill, and she had been given government permission to ask anyone she could find for help.
Isaiah had a tumor in his head; he was blind, could not speak, nor able to sit or stand. It would take a lot of money to treat him. The Heineys arranged for Isaiah to receive help from a physician in Texas. However, his condition was so severe, he was airlifted to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi.
One of the best children’s surgeons in the US operated and removed a large cancerous tumor from Isaiah’s head. He was hospitalized for 30 days. When the Heineys saw him, they rejoiced at seeing a beautiful five-year-old who could see, hear, and talk!
Upon returning home, Isaiah’s siblings were speechless when they saw him. Everyone then pressed around him, wanting to touch him—a miracle. However, Isaiah needed further treatments to completely get rid of the cancer, but it was not possible to obtain them. Yet, he had been given the gift of an extra six months of a happy and normal life—Isaiah later passed away, receiving the ultimate gladness.
“And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him” (Mark 1:41).