Lincoln was born on February 16, 2015, but he came into our lives in September of 2016. We were introduced to him in Karatina District Hospital where he had been living for almost a
year. We thought Lincoln had a treatable condition known as hydrocephalus, so we made plans to have him taken to Kijabe Hospital for surgical treatment the same day he was discharged
from Karatina. When we arrived and he had scans done, it was discovered that he had another, untreatable condition known as hydranencephaly. They advised us that his brain had been
severely damaged while he was still in his mother’s womb and there was nothing they could do to improve his condition. We returned to Nanyuki and our staff began learning how to
care for him and falling in love with him in the process. He was admitted several times in various hospitals including Mathari Nyeri, Consolata Nanyuki, and District Hospital as he struggled
with chest problems and seizures. Doctors had told us that most children with his condition die before age 1, so every time he recovered from small illnesses we praised God and believed that
He had more people for Lincoln to bless during his time on earth.
On the evening of January 12th he was admitted at District Hospital because he was not able to keep any food in his stomach. It was the following morning, January 13th, that God rested his soul in the presence of Mama Ciku and Mama Bless. We know that he is free from pain, completely healed, and filled with joy at being with our Heavenly and Eternal Father. People who came into our house were usually drawn to Lincoln. They loved to hold him and although he could not see, he could sense when he was being held and loved and always relaxed in their arms. We know that if Kenya were a bit closer to the US or plane tickets were less expensive, many Americans would also be here to celebrate his life. He will be very missed by every volunteer, visitor, and especially staff members at Neema.
Our mothers here at Neema have spent hours holding him, feeding him, and trying to make him comfortable. They are the ones who taught him what it was like to be loved, something we
don’t think he knew before he came to Neema. We will all miss him every day and will remember the way he impacted our lives forever. We say thank you to everyone who has loved Lincoln
and welcomed him into their families, especially our staff member Lucy Njungiri who loved Lincoln like her own son.
Lincoln, we loved you so much but God loved you more.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-57