WOW! One year ago today, Dana and I were in our car headed to Nairobi Hospital's Emergency Room, Dana was paralyzed from the middle of her chest down. The first picture below is a picture I took in her hospital room the day before she went under emergency surgery to remove tumors in her spinal column that had totally blocked her spinal cord. The spinal cord had been totally compressed for more than 4 days before the surgery could be attempted.
This picture was taken today the 28th of June. Here is Dana walking outside and playing disc golf here in our yard at the Baby Centre.
The emotions have been all over the place this week, recounting what took place a year ago. We have been and continue to be so thankful for the divine touch to Dana's body. We know that God was with us throughout, He never left our side. We felt His presence even in the hours of the unknown ahead. We didn't know at any stage if this would be it, or would she continue to recover more and more? God has touched her body in a mighty way!! And we are so thankful for all of the wonderful care that she received everywhere she went. Many said along the way, that she would not recover, but Jesus is the only one who gets to decide that. We are grateful for every day that we have, none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
We will be back in the States in July for Dana's bi-annual check-up. We are believing that God is not done yet, He continues to touch and heal her body each day.
Thank you so very much to all that have prayed for Dana and the rest of the family. It is great to see her walk into a room of people that had been praying for her, and to see their faces, for they truly have seen a modern day miracle of God.
Blessings, and much more to come!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Here is a look at what our new grain bin looks like. It was just stood up on its legs today. (this is a few weeks ago)
As previously posted we already have the grain to put into it and fill it up so this is a real blessing!
Thank you to everyone that helped by getting it here and erecting it.
We have been very busy with Babies coming and going. Little Mercy was collected by Irene and Dan at the Central Police Station in Nakuru. She had been on her own for some time. She is now adjusting well to being here and we are certain God will provide loving parents for her.
These two beautiful girls were picked up from somewhere in Naivasha. We were called because they too had been abandoned. They are very beautiful and now both are thriving.
Purity and Esther are sisters and we collected them from the Nakuru police station. Talia was able to come with me along with Irene. The girls were in rough shape and it appeared that Esther had been run over by a motorbike. Both girls have been looked over very well and are doing wonderful adjusting as you can see in Purity's smile.
|Naomi with her new family|
We have also had several new families formed and some very happy Mamas. Millicent and Naomi came to the Baby Centre the same day a year ago and they left the Baby Centre within a week of each other. God is so good!!!!
We have also had many teams over the last two months. Many in-country teams as well as over-seas teams.
Back to more babies coming in. Liam came at two days old and was found in the back seat of a Matatu. He has awesome hair!!!
Hadassah also came to us at just 3 days old from right here in Nakuru.
On a Friday night at about 9:00PM, we got a call from the Police Station that they had an abandoned baby boy of about three months. Dana, Carson and I went into town to pick him from the Central Police Station. He is actually about 10 months old (they are not very good at guessing). He has had a very rough start to life, but is doing very well. For those who know Robert our nurse here at the Baby Centre, he looks just like him!!
|Carson's 16th Birthday!!|
We celebrated Carson's 16th birthday on May 24th. Although he turned 16, when asked if he wanted to start learning to drive he said, "Here in Kenya?? No thank you."
We have had many visitors over the last two months. We had Verle and Marcia Hochstetler, we had Tommy and Laverne Anderson and team from Northern and Southern Ireland, some of the Bethel Medical Team and several VIAs. So far this year we have had 8 VIA's, 3 international teams, and more in-country teams than I can count.
Dana continues to do very well and is walking with no help most of the time now. She is practicing walking outside on the rocks and uneven ground. One day very soon she will be able to walk all over without any help! We praise the Lord for this answered prayer!
We are very thankful that God has blessed us with the honor of serving Him in this ministry.