WALKING STICK ‘SENT BY AN ANGEL’ ENCOURAGES GRANDMOTHER
When Veska received a Blythswood shoebox last winter, she was just starting to recover from a long illness. For nine months the 67-year-old grandmother had been confined to bed and completely dependent on others. By December she was able to move only a few yards, shuffling along with a walking frame. So when she found a folding walking stick in her shoebox she took it as a sign from God that she would be able to walk again.
Blythswood’s head of fundraising Danny Muschate was in Bulgaria to distribute the boxes and witnessed for himself Veska’s surprise and delight. “It was a most unusual item to find in a shoebox and certainly not one on the list,” he says. “But over the years so many people have received unusual gifts that were appropriate to their needs.”
Eight months later, Veska’s walking has improved a lot. Her shoebox also contained a calendar with Bibles verses in Bulgarian and she draws courage from the verse for August: God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1).
Veska says: “Every day is a test for me. This walking stick shows that God cares for our smallest needs. I believe it was sent by an angel to tell me: Rise up and walk!”