I feel pushed by the Lord to send this as a blog update. I come to you heavy-hearted. Please join all of us in prayer. Last week, Baby Y was in the hospital with malaria. His bedmate was a rescued spirit child. Missionary friends who also live in Bolga, near Dave and Ellen (Ben & Rachel) had been helping this baby. There is much of the story we here in the states do not know yet, but what we know enough that I feel compelled to share with people who will stop what they are doing right now and pray!
If you have read my other entries, following Baby GN, Baby Y, or read the update on Baby J…you know what it means to be defined as a spirit child. This baby boy was released from the hospital, and returned home with his mother yesterday. The community (not sure who exactly involved), locked the mother up while they killed the baby. She is likely still locked up.
There is much about this world and area in Africa, regardless of what we have read and have told, we will truly every really understand. Our hearts and minds still battle with the hurt of how a child could be taken so heartlessly, and how such terror against the mother could be justified. I know this community and others like it are scared and will do anything to survive, even if it means or they are told to fear a sick child as the cause of their misfortunes. I know this is because of lack of education, witch doctors preying on the weak, traditions & cultures years and years old, and fear of poverty and so much else. I know this and much more, but yet still find myself angry for her loss. But, I know Jesus uses all for good, ALL. So, Troy and I are praying – our kids are praying – for comfort, for opportunity for those on the ground to bring Jesus to this situation. We are praying for God’s will to come out of this poor child’s death. We are praying regardless of how Ben, Rachel, Dave, Ellen, David & Ursula (Ghanaian friends also helping in the work with spirit children) feel in their flesh, the love of Jesus Christ is poured out into this community. We pray the Lord begins to reveal how to STOP this.
Typically I change the names or just abbreviate their names to the first initial, to protect the children. I have received permission to give you the real names…
Will you please join me in praying for the loss of baby Felix, specifically his mother Edna and their community through this tragic event? I am coming humbling to you…begging you to lift up this tragic event, Edna and those on the ground – hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you in advance.
2 Corinthians 1 (The Message): The Rescue
3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.
6-7 When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.