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Weekly Ministry Focus
February 4, 2004
First "Elizabeth League" baby born
Last week, as we hurried to bring our son Micah to a church meeting, we
received a call from Dianne, the leader
of an Elizabeth League group, encouraging us to pray for their assigned
client, "Irene." (As you may know, the Elizabeth
League is our new effort to establish church-based groups which strive to
support and encourage vulnerable women
throughout their pregnancies. We had assigned Irene to this group in
September, after Irene decided not to abort her
baby.) Dianne explained that when she called Irene's home, she was told
that the baby had been born three months early.
Although I only had a few minutes available, I somehow sensed that this was
particularly urgent. We rushed to
the hospital, finding Irene in a labor and delivery room, still pregnant.
Her water had broken four days earlier. She was
in a lot of pain from the Pitocin-induced labor contractions, but after all
this time she had only dilated to 1 centimeter.
Dianne and I began praying for Irene. Dianne specifically prayed that God
would make the labor go fast, and that she would have a healthy baby.
During the prayer, Irene became even more agitated. I told the nurse, who
shrugged and said "oh, she's been like that for days. Not much is going on.
I'll be there in a few minutes to check on her."
The nurse checked Irene, discovering that she was fully dilated. "Don't you
push!" she exclaimed as she ran to alert the doctor. Irene tried really
hard not to push, but the baby ended up coming out quickly. A little baby
girl weighing 2 pounds, 14 ounces arrived screaming and crying. She is
breathing on her own and seems to be doing well.
God truly answered our prayers! After just fifteen minutes or so in the
hospital, Dianne and I left, thanking God for bringing Irene and her baby
safely through labor.
Thank you for helping us to be there for Irene and her baby. If we hadn't
been there to help Irene when she
planned to abort her baby, this little girl would have been killed.
Although God has given me the privilege of being at
many births over the years, this was our first "Elizabeth League" baby.
Through the Elizabeth League, Dianne's church
(and through the church, thousands of others) prayed for this precious
mother and child. We look forward to seeing God
continue to work in their lives - and in the lives of many other Elizabeth
League clients - in the days ahead.
In His service for Life,
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