Monday, February 24, 2014

James Learns to Walk!



*For all of you who haven't heard the story of James
 then you have to check it out:*


Remember  - how we prayed and God provided
{through many of you} 
for James to be able to receive surgery?

In July - James began physical therapy to learn to walk.

Hydrocephalus {water in his brain} made it difficult to walk.

After seeing the therapist, 
who throughly reviewed James' situation, 
it was discovered that he needed to be sent to another hospital.

James was diagnosed with a rounded foot - 
another version of clubbed feet,
which made him unable to walk properly.


He has since had several foot surgeries and has been taking physical therapy for the last few months.

I am so excited to share with you that I 
received the exciting news,

James has taken his first step!

I quickly headed over to see for myself.

Indeed James is walking!

He is 3 years old and he is finally taking his first steps - 
Yippie Jesus!

Although his road to healing is not over, 
we rejoice in his first steps.

Please continue to keep James & his family in your prayers!

We couldn't have done it with out you 
and your generous donations.




All glory to God!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Loss.



Sitting overlooking the city as tears fall from her eyes.

Sharing the pain and the loss together.

Our hearts ache that she is gone. 

She questions, wondering why Martha's life was so very short.

She says she should be strong, that she shouldn't question life this way.

I tell her it's okay to grieve.

Pain, so fresh as we grieve her in our lives.

She asks me why did God chose her to be her Mama.

She tells me she longed for a little girl for so very long.

She wonders how she will learn to heal and to cope with this loss.

She tells me the details of their last few hours together.

That she was so peaceful.

Church and a bath were some of her last moments.

She didn't cry at bath time like she normally does.

Her heart was starting to fail yet they didn't know it yet.

In a matter of hours she would leave this earth and be with Jesus.

We grieve....

We learn to cherish every moment...

We don't always understand the pain we go through.

Yet, He is faithful.

He stands with us in the pain and wraps His arms around us.

We are reminded of His promises and we cling to them.

We pray together and the tears continue to fall.

Oh Sweet Martha.

Your life left an imprint on our hearts.

We long for the day we hold you again in our arms.

Dance with Jesus precious Martha.

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Please continue to pray for Martha's family.

Lots of love,
Xo

Monday, February 10, 2014

In The Arms of Jesus..



It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.

Early this morning my cell phone rang with a phone call from Charity.

She told me that late Sunday night Martha passed away.

Her little body was so weak.

She struggled for every breath.



Although my heart is heavy, I rejoice knowing she is now healthy and whole in the arms of Jesus.

She was a beautiful blessing and left an imprint on each of our lives.

We grieve for our loss of her here on this earth.

But we rejoice in the Hope of someday we will hold our sweet Martha again.


Thank you for all your love and prayers they meant so very much to us!

*The family will be heading out to the village for the burial,
which is about 4 hours away.* 

Please pray for us as we grieve our loss.

-Xo

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Meet Martha




Just a few days ago I received a phone call from 
a sweet friend of mine.

She proceeded to tell me that her sister had 
just had a baby.

She was worried as she shared with me that the baby 
was born "lame". 

She knew that I helped advocate and provide 
medical sponsors through,


Her sister had no idea what to do and she asked me 
urgently if I could come and meet with her.

We set up a meeting for the following day.

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Upon arriving I was introduced to the sweetest little 
'Martha' and her beautiful Mama, Charity.

Charity shared with me her love for her daughter and 
how she truly is a gift to their family.

I was so incredibly blessed by this family!

Often  children with special needs are abandoned. 

They are seen as the outcast and unwanted.

But this family calls their precious girl a gift!

After awhile of hearing Charity's story she proceeded to 
remove her daughter's clothes.

At first I hadn't known how bad her special need was. 

Then her mama showed me her legs and feet. 

She is frail and only weighing about 5 pounds.

Her knee cap is where her ankle should be 
and her feet are clubbed.


But my oh my,
 Martha is a beautiful little treasure!

We prayed together and made the decision 
that she indeed is our newest sponsor of;


Later on I discovered that our Martha girl has 
Edward Syndrome
 also known as a "trisomy 18 baby".

Upon delivery they were told about her condition 
and then told to go home with her.

They had no idea what it meant and no one had 
explained the complications she has.

It is a very serious condition and very scary.

Most babies born with this pass away 
within a matter of weeks
from complications of the heart and many 
other things combined.

Martha is one month old.

Today I met with her family and shared 
with them what I had learned.

I never would have imagined I'd one day have to share with a family that their little girl wouldn't be living very long.

Teary-eyed I shared with them what I had learned 
about Edwards Syndrome.



We prayed together and thanked God for her life.

After sharing with them that her life might be short,
her Dad said "I am so thankful for every 
single day we have with her"

Their love for their daughter just 
blesses my heart.

They'd longed for a baby girl for so long 
and she is their gift.

They also have a son who is 18 months old.

We prayed together and are continuing to 
pray for a miracle for Martha.

Would you join me in praying for our sweet girl?

Please pray for a miracle! Her healing is something 
only God could do.

We don't know how much longer Martha has 
here on this earth but we will cherish
 every moment we have with her.

-Xo