Monday, June 13, 2011
And so I Prayed
This blog entry is about a woman who I have felt very led to help in some way. Local pastors were trying to help this woman and soon after we moved here she left town. I felt very led to pray for her. I have been praying for her almost every day and at times felt very burdened for her. She has lived a very rough life, as many have here, but her situations and lifestyle seems exemplified, or at least I felt extra compassion for her. So I prayed. It was hard to know how she was doing because she was not living in town. I kept asking different people that knew her how she was doing only to get little information. And so I prayed.
This woman has 4 children, one has been in the care of our local friends here. I had heard that she was pregnant making her due sometime this summer. I then had heard rumors that she had aborted the child. I prayed to God that it would not be so and in my heart I felt that it was not.
As time went by my concern became greater, and I shared this concern with the same people that had been helping her before. We all thought it best to go try to visit her. Last Saturday morning we had quite an eventful trip of driving in the muddy bush to several different villages, finally finding her.
Once we found her I can not tell you the joy I felt. Especially because I saw that she was pregnant and later found out she is due in July. I was overjoyed. We looked at the condition of her daughter seeing that she was very thin and fevered, but in better condition than I had expected. Thank you GOD!!!
We sat down with the woman, the elder of the village, her husband, the 3 people who came with me, and myself. After talking for quite some time we all decided that the best thing was for her to come to our house with her children.
Her time here will consist of several things, number one being teaching her about the love of Jesus. We are starting to do Bible study with her as well as Lucia. Another goal is to disciple her in parenting. She will also be learning a trade while she is here in hopes that when she goes back to her village she will be able to work to help provide for her family. We are not entirely sure about the time frame but will keep asking God for His provision.
Since bringing her home things have been going good, however her daughter had malaria but is doing much better. Please pray for her and this situation. Especially for the baby she is carrying.
Oh and after the long and crazy day of driving and being out in the bush, and bringing 5 people home with me.....
This is Kristin holding/feeding Nimrod. Someone left him outside our gate. He is 10 days to 2 weeks old. Once he is old enough we will be looking to give him away as a gift :). And yes that is a bulb syringe we are feeding him with.
The region we were in is much more lush than Kotido. Crazy that it is only an hour and half away (Abim). Once off the main road the roads became very muddy and difficult. I was extremely thankful for our Land Cruiser, 4-Wheel drive, and our tires designed for mud and dirt. I was driving with Eliana strapped to my front (Cody stayed home with the kids), in deep mud. God helped us through it and the 3 people I took with me were praying the whole time.
When I got to the first village a woman went inside her mud hut and brought out this visitor's book for me to sign.
Where's Eliana? Not hard to find :)
Me doing laundry with this mother, and Lucia sitting with us listening to the Proclaimer. She is really enjoying listening to the Bible in Ngkaramajong.