Letters from Teresa/Ozioma

Letters from Teresa/Ozioma

Ozioma Hope for Wellness USA Corporation

More pictures!!!  With Love From Nigeria


April 18, 2007 


Dearest Family and friends,


   I hope you received my last e-mail which contained a few of the many pictures I have taken here. The woman suffering from metastatic breast cancer in the pictures, died the day after my visit with her.  I am comforted that she is at peace now and her suffering has ended. Please keep her husband and two children in your prayers.  Burials are ongoing here, I am told by the mortician next to the convent,  that presently there are about forty corpses awaiting burial in the mortuary.  

     There was much violence, death and stealing of the ballot boxes during the election for Governor and  House of Assembly, which took place this past Saturday, none of which I witnessed.  The election results for Govoner in some states (ImoState where I live being one) were disqualified due to massive irregularities and are rescheduled for April 28th.  The election for President will be Saturday, April 21st.  Please continue to pray for the elections.

      Also I stand to be corrected again regarding the traditional pharmacists.  They are not medically trained, as I stated in the first e-mail regarding medical care.  There are pharmacists that are medically trained, these are not the ones I referred to in my letter.

     I could write so much more about ---life in the villages, burials, weddings. the birth of a child I was blessed to be a part,  private and public schooling  (both of which a tuition is paid) , the marketplace, farming, worship etc.  So much to share with you, so difficult to put it all in a e-mail.  

     I will be in America, on May 6th, to apply for a missionary visa to return to Nigeria sometime around July of this year.  Any of you that have the time, I ask of you to contact the Oprah Winfrey Show, in Chicago, to request my appearance while I am back in America, regarding the suffering and great need of the people of Igboland.  You are welcome to send copies of my newsletters and pictures with your request.  In Luke Chp. 18, in the parable of persistence in prayer, the woman was persistent  in her plea to the judge, and pestered the judge until  her request was finally granted. May the Oprah Winfrey Show, if it is in accordance to God's will,  take an interest in the Igbo tribe, due to the outpouring of requests from all of you (a form of persistence). 

    The Oprah Show can contact one of my sisters:  I will have one of my sisters e-mail their phone numbers to you or I may be contacted personally by e-mail.

I would like to speak at any of your places of worship and/or in your community if you could make arrangements for me. 

    Some of the pressing needs I see are:

            -  Bore holes for clean water in some of the villages

            -  Health care offered in the heart of each village to the poor, especially the elderly and  children, as they make up the majority that are suffering and dying unnecessarily from untreated High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Diabetes, Hepatitis, Malaria, Typhoid, Tuberculosis.

             - Preventative Health Care Education


These three attainable changes, can alleviate much of the undue suffering of these people, while still respecting their traditions and way of life. There is also a need for the children, who cannot afford to go to school, to receive an education. In my heart, I also hold Father Paul's prayer and desire, to open a motherless home, as there are so many orphaned children.


 "With God all things are possible".


We are all one in the family of God and as Jesus proclaimed,  "what we do to the least of our brothers, we due unto Him."


I invite you to slowly pray this prayer written so beautifully by St. Teresa of Avila.  Pray it two times, once for the mind and once for the heart!,


" Christ, has no body now but yours

No hands, no feet on earth but yours

Yours are the hands with which He blesses, the people of our world   

Yours are the feet with which He goes about doing good

Yours are the eyes through which He looks with compassion on our world

Christ has no body on earth but yours.


Bless our minds and bodies,

That we may be a blessing to others.


(slightly adapted)


Holding you in my heart and prayers, soon I will be able to thank you face to face for all your love and prayers!

God bless you,

All my love-which is a portion of God's love,

Ozioma of Igboland


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