Will you Walk with Me ?
As you miss your morning walk, can you walk this road with me...
I’ve helped to build your house dear sir, can you share my agony ?
Just a few steps, not very far, as the blisters taunt my feet...
Can you share a sip or two with me, of hopelessness and heat?
No one cares, no second look, no plane to bring me back ?
My child on hips, my future bleak, my life in one limp sack...
Unseen, unheard, no voice, no vote - the stream unwanted flows.
No open arms, no petals fall, the sound of closing doors.
My child looks up, eyes question me, to this nation I belong ?
No time for migrants walking home, but for spirit, queues are long ?
And yet for those who labour low, we have no wheel or bus,
No train, no food, no care, no speech - no fancy words or fuss?
We walk the walk, you talk the talk, watch tragedy with ease ?
Society sinks in symphony, dont miss the real disease.
“Oh give them cake, if there is no bread",
ignore their whine and noise;
And they’ll die down or disappear, a mass without a voice.
Snap your fingers when you need them next, and they will walk this path once more,
To build your home, or lift your load or mop your marble floor.
Migrant guest, you’re like God himself ,
remembered only in our need,
All other times, not seen, not heard, just camouflaged by greed.
These images will haunt us, the visuals take a toll ,
The hopeless eyes, the tired feet, a nation without soul!
Aatmanirbhar* - too big a word tag along my path with me,
I’m vocal and I’m local, but no one seems to see.
I’m vocal and I’m local, but no one seems to see.
By Anil Abraham
* Aatmanirbhar is a Hindi phrase coined by the Indian Prime Minister in a key speech during lockdown meaning "depend on yourself” - India as a nation is proud to be largely self-reliant.
We were so moved by the story of Dr Li Wen Liang, the doctor who discovered the corona virus and was arrested when he chose to spread awareness about the virus and in the process paid with his life. We continue to pray for his parents, his widow who may have given birth to their second child, and also his young daughter now without her daddy.
We know many of you already know the story of Li Wen Liang, but we have uploaded it here as a tribute to a man of God who did not shrink from loving and serving his 'neighbours'. Dr Li Wenliang, who was hailed a hero for raising the alarm about the coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak, has died of the infection.
His death was confirmed by the Wuhan hospital where he worked and was being treated, following conflicting reports about his condition on state media.
Dr Li, 34, tried to send a message to fellow medics about the outbreak at the end of December. Three days later police paid him a visit and told him to stop. He returned to work and caught the virus from a patient. He had been in hospital for at least three weeks. He posted his story from his hospital bed last month on social media site Weibo.
"Hello everyone, this is Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital," the post begins It was a stunning insight into the botched response by local authorities in Wuhan in the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr Li was working at the centre of the outbreak in December when he noticed seven cases of a virus that he thought looked like Sars - the virus that led to a global epidemic in 2003. The cases were thought to come from the Huanan Seafood market in Wuhan and the patients were in quarantine in his hospital. On 30 December he sent a message to fellow doctors in a chat group warning them about the outbreak and advising they wear protective clothing to avoid infection.
What Dr Li didn't know then was that the disease that had been discovered was an entirely new coronavirus.
Four days later he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau where he was told to sign a letter. In the letter he was accused of "making false comments" that had "severely disturbed the social order".
"We solemnly warn you: If you keep being stubborn, with such impertinence, and continue this illegal activity, you will be brought to justice - is that understood?" Underneath in Dr Li's handwriting is written: "Yes, I do."
He was one of eight people who police said were being investigated for "spreading rumours".
At the end of January, Dr Li published a copy of the letter on Weibo and explained what had happened. In the meantime, local authorities had apologised to him but that apology came too late.
For the first few weeks of January officials in Wuhan were insisting that only those who came into contact with infected animals could catch the virus. No guidance was issued to protect doctors.
But just a week after his visit from the police, Dr Li was treating a woman with glaucoma. He didn't know that she had been infected with the new coronavirus.
In his Weibo post he describes how on 10 January he started coughing, the next day he had a fever and two days later he was in hospital. His parents also fell ill and were taken to hospital.
It was 10 days later - on 20 January - that China declared the outbreak an emergency. Dr Li says he was tested several times for coronavirus, all of them came back negative. On 30 January he posted again: "Today nucleic acid testing came back with a positive result, the dust has settled, finally diagnosed."
He punctuated the short post with an emoji of a dog with its eyes rolled back, tongue hanging out.
Not surprisingly the post received thousands of comments and words of support.
"Dr Li Wenliang is a hero," one user said, worrying about what his story says about their country. "In the future, doctors will be more afraid to issue early warnings when they find signs of infectious diseases."
"A safer public health environment… requires tens of millions of Li Wenliang."
Sunday school expanding - 2017
We are hoping to purchase a new ambulance for the work at St.Luke's. We are delighted that Maxwell Mearns Castle Church in Glasgow focussed their giving in June towards helping us get the ambulance and raised over £2,000.
Perhaps your church would like to know more about how they can make a difference to all aspects of the work and ministry at St.Luke's. Please get in touch with Lis for more details.
We were recently gifted 50 N95 masks and 5 pairs of goggles and 7 visors for St Luke's to use during the pandemic.