Saturday, January 26, 2008

Please pray with me...

I read this on my friends Josh and Robin's blog. They serve in Galati and I look forward to being with them soon. I've been praying for this young woman and her children often during my days, and would ask that you remember them, too. The baby lost 3 pounds in one month (I think) which is not good for her developmentally. I ask often that her Father would repair that which is broken and that her body and mind would function as it should. Other than that, here's what Robin said on her blog Simply Life:

Other than language lessons, something that has contributed to recent mental and emotional exhaustion has been recent developments with one of the young mothers. I've written about her on this blog before. Over the course of many months, we've tried to support her in growing as a mother to her children (boy of 19 months and baby girl of 9 months). But for may reasons Ana and I recently reported their case to the department of Child Protection. The young mother was aware of this before we even made the report, but afterwards she and the family she lives with made several visits to the center. We spent hours in the counseling room listening to their arguments, complaints, excuses, and faulty logic. It was so frustrating to see how Satan has so obviously held their hearts and minds in bondage. As speakers of truth and instruments of love, we were falsely accused, threatened, and hated.

But at then end of it all, in God's mercy, we were still walking and breathing and living in his peace. We believe that God is the one who has truly led us to this place, even though it was painful. We both testify to the Spirit's presence in our long meetings, and to His words given to Ana every time she opened her mouth. He poured out his patience, love, and peace on us in those hours. Lies hidden in the darkness for so long began to be exposed. We sense that God is birthing something new in this family's life, and it is no surprise that this process of bringing forth new life will be painful.

In the days following our long discussions, this mother has only returned once to visit us. Often, other family members are sent with messages, and we wonder if she is too ashamed to see us face to face.

Last fall, we arranged a family doctor for her and her children. This Christian doctor has gone out of her way to provide nutrition for these children and has probably been the first medical professional to speak with encouragement and respect towards this mother. We have taken her and the kids a half a dozen times. Thinking she was ready, we set up appointments and encouraged her to go without us. She never went.

But on Friday, we received a call from the doctor, saying that this mother had come with her children for a checkup, and that the baby had even gained a tiny bit of weight. We are encouraged by this step on her part.

Please pray for this young family and that we will be filled with love for them. Pray that the light of truth and love would shine ever more brightly into their lives.

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