December 10, 2010
Ok, so as I was facebook chatting with Berhanu and Sammy tonight, they casually said 'guess what?'

I, expecting them to tell me something like they had a really good dinner, or that they got a goat for really cheap and were roasting it later that night, or that they went to seminary earlier in the day and had chai... or that the pesky scary cat disappeared, but no! Casually they slipped in the conversation that Juddah is Negative! Negative for HIV! Negative for TB! They had finally gotten in to a hospital that would test baby Juddah! They are picking up the paperwork for his test later in the day.... Oh MY GOODNESS! How we celebrated on FB Chat... neither of us could type fast enough. I can just imagine those two guys sitting there at the computer with big grins on their faces, just waiting to share the news! One more bump in the road that we have gone over. One more thing we can check off Juddah's 'to do list', One more thing we can praise our perfect and wonderful maker for!

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. Psalm 28:7

It's 4:03 AM Saturday morning, I still haven't been to bed. Getting some loose ends wrapped up before I head to the airport in the morning to fly to Virginia, meet with Jody and then head to the hospital to meet with the team of doctors as they make their final decision whether they will do the surgery on Juddah. I'm in awe of how quickly the Lord pulled this all together. Less than two weeks ago I was getting on the plane in Addis, Juddah's CT and ultrasound in hand, wondering if the Lord could really work this out. Scared of what his answer might not be. Really asking him, why Juddah? why aren't we able to get help in Addis? Now, just 12 days later I'm amazed at what he has done, How he directed the body of believers like a choreographed dance. How the body, a body of strangers who love the Lord came Together. Together in prayer. Together in encouragement. Together in finances. All to support a tiny little baby boy, who was born prematurely during a traumatic birth. Who for 10 days laid in a pile of soaking wet rags next to his twin sister Sarah, drinking raw cows milk for nourishment. Who lives thousands of miles away from where most of us live. Who up until recently, most of us didn't even know who Juddah was. These perfectly perfect babies, who are fearfully and wonderfully made, made in the image of God.... who when I first met them, were cold to the touch and unresponsive, and had a future that was grim.... Because the body of Christ came together, God is now glorified! Glorified in and thru these little babies. Whatever the outcome at the meeting on Monday, I will choose to praise our God. I cannot wait to see what the next chapter bring!

Prayer Warriors Needed!


The Dirks Family said...

Wow... that's all I can say... God is SO GOOD!!

Aimee said...

No words, just tears of unbelievable joy. I stand in awe of our amazing God.

Teresa said...

Praise our wonderful and Awesome God....I am in awe of His Mercy..I just want to lay down on my face in worship.

Holli said...

SO HAPPY!!!! Praise be to HIS HOLY NAME!!!!

Kat said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! GOD ROCKS!!!!!! Praying this meeting with the doctors and hospital goes WONDERFULLY!!!!!