Sunday, June 1, 2008

Micah 6:8

In seventh grade, I was sitting in sociology watching a filmstrip. The images before me where of women and children in Africa. We were exploring cultures other than our own. I was so intrigued, captivated. My thoughts went to "What would it be like to live there?" I think that this was the beginning of the stirrings of the call on my life to missions. I never dreamed that years later I would be adopting a precious baby from Africa!

Today, Todd journeys out to a village to preach. This is the village where the baby's grandfather lives. It will be the first time that Todd is meeting this family Patriarch. He loves Gabbie so much, and wants the best for her. He is in agreement for us to adopt her. Please continue to pray for this precious family.

Yesterday, Todd was able to meet with the physician that has been caring for Gabbie. She has been prescribed many medications, vitamins and special formula. Also, she is still not walking at 19 months. We know that many times, babies in other cultures are carried so much, that their walking is delayed. We just wanted a clear understanding. Todd and his new friend (and translator) met Gabbie and her uncles at the doctor's office.

First of all, Todd was very pleased with the doctor. He was so kind, helpful and really seemed to be "on top of his game." (He did not even charge for the appointment!) The doctor explained that Gabbie's mother had a uterine infection while she carried Gabbie. That infection passed on a sort of bacteria, or virus, to Gabbie. It is affecting her muscle strength, and possibly some other areas. This is something that needs immediate attention. Nutrition is a major factor here as well.

We are praying that the Lord would make a way for Gabbie to come home quickly so that we can act on these things. Time really is imperative. We thank God that He is in control. We are not worried. We do have concerns that we want to address.

Jeremiah 1:5 says that even before we were born, we were "consecrated"...destined for a purpose. God has a plan for Gabbie! Please pray with us for miracles.

We are so grateful that Gabbie has been able to be under the care of her family. That is not always the case. We have a responsibility, a mandate from the Lord...
"He has showed you, Oh man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness
and to walk humbly with your God."
-Micah 6:8

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