In April 2014, while a group from The Vine was in Belize, one of our members witnessed a truly heart-breaking event. Early one morning, a 13-year-old girl in a children’s home gave birth to a lifeless baby. The young mother (a child herself) was a victim of rape and it was obvious that she was suffering not only from the horrors of abuse, but also from a ravaging STD.

That morning, time seemed to run in slow motion and repeats itself in our team’s minds as a slow moving video…frame by frame. The young mother lived but will be subject to routine check-ups for cervical cancer and treatment for STDs. Her beautiful little boy was buried in a simple wooden casket under a mollie apple tree.  

So, what difference can we make concerning this tragedy? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Some types of HPV can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers, but there are vaccines that can stop these health problems from happening.

We are asking any of you with connections in the health field to help us acquire those vaccines for the children of this orphanage. While we may not be able to stop the abuse these children suffer, we can supply vaccinations so they don’t have to be victimized by STDs the rest of their life. Please contact the church at (575)985-8463 or cindy@thevinecc.tv and let’s tackle this horrendous problem.