Today I'm going to pass on sharing the disappointments and just share the miracles.
This baby, Achuka, is the latest miracle. He was born on March 4th weighing 2 1/2 pounds. His mother died after his birth, probably from toxemia, and his father brought him to our team looking for help. With Michaela due any day we agreed that it was our turn this time (for the last baby story see Michaela's blog), and we took him home.
I was expecting to have a difficult time with him. I assumed he wouldn't be able to suck well, might develop breathing problems or get sick easily. I was prepared to possibly lose him as we did Michaela's little Nakolong. He was just so small!
But this kid is a fighter. He began nursing immediately (does God have a sense of humor or what? We never planned to have Selah at all, especially in Africa, and now I'm so thankful I am already breastfeeding a baby!) and has continued to grow stronger each day. His little cheeks are feeling fat already, and although you can still count his ribs, he is obviously healthy and growing (as evidenced by ALL the poopy diapers I am changing nowadays...)
What a miracle.
The best part of it all is the truth we have been able to share with his grieving family. Kenneth shared about the special plan that God has in store for this sweet baby and what a miracle his little life is. He told them about God knitting him together in his mother's womb so perfectly that even at three months early he is healthy and strong.
Thankfully the other wife has agreed to raise him along with the father, and all the family involved (which is a LOT) is very concerned for his welfare. They will be coming to check on him weekly, and he will return to the village when he has gained weight and gotten bigger. Our team has given him a second name, Moses, and we pray that he will one day lead his people out of bondage and teach them how to follow the one true God.
Please pray that he will continue to grow strong and healthy, and that I would have the energy to keep up with my now SEVEN children on little sleep! We cherish your prayers!