One reason medicine in Africa is a drawing factor to us is the reliance we must have on God's hand. There are many times when medicine is not available or procedures are not a possibility, and all we can do is pray. This has also been a tough thing because it stretches us and it is difficult when the answer is not as we pray or hope. But we believe, and continue to believe, that there is power in prayer. We want to share a few ways we have seen that very evident in the past few months and even just in this week.
A young woman became our friend right soon after we arrived at Karanda. She helped Dontie out in the classroom and Luke grew very attached to her. After a number of months, she and her family moved away. However, we get to see her from time to time as she returns for visits. Several months ago, she announced that she was pregnant with her third child. Her two former pregnancies had been very difficult and her boys were both born prematurely. With each pregnancy she has struggled with dangerously high blood pressure during her 3rd trimester.
Just last week, she came out with very high blood pressure and an emergency C-section was conducted. Baby boy #3 was born early and very little (3 kg), but strong. However, our friend started going downhill. She began oozing blood inside and it wouldn't stop. It is a clotting problem called DIC. This is the same thing that happened to the mother of the little girl we wrote about a number of months ago who died. DIC is a dangerous thing anywhere in the world, but particularly dangerous here where there is a shortage of blood and only whole blood is able to be given. Our friend received 5 units of blood (mostly given by nurses and staff here) and she teetered dangerously close to death. People surrounded her praying for her healing. She is well loved here and she had great numbers of people who were continually bringing her before the Lord, asking for complete healing. It was just this past weekend that she was in critical condition.
Today, I went down to visit our friend, and found her cuddled close to her little boy and smiling. She knows she should not be alive, BUT SHE IS! That is God and only God! We spent some time rejoicing and thanking God for her life and the life of her sweet little boy as he grows stronger each day. James 5:16 encourages us, "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
The awesome thing is that prayer is not only for adults and "spiritual giants", but God's power is evident even in the answer to a child's prayer. Matthew 18:4 says, "Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Many of you know we have been struggling over the past number of months with continual outbreaks of abscesses. Every one in our house has had them, and the treatment for them is painful. Leena had a series of 3 on her face just at 3 weeks old, and had to have them cut open and drained. Just a couple of weeks ago, little Christopher had one pop up on his stomach area and it got nasty overnight. Unfortunately, he knows what it takes to get them better and he has become very fearful of them. We prayed that night over his sore and he continued on in prayer, with all his heart, that God would heal it and it wouldn't have to be cut open. The next morning, the redness had reduced in size and even though Christopher did have to squeeze it, he didn't have to go down to the hospital and have it incized. Little Christopher continued to pray each day for healing, and within 2 days it was almost gone. This was the prayer of a child! We thank those of you who have surrounded us, over the ocean, praying for our healing. Your prayers have touched us and as of right now we are all healthy. Thank you for praying over us and know there is still power in prayer, even from the mouths of babes.