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.