Many of you are well aware of a very special baby introduced on Mighty River….
He’s perfect, huh?
Ward is five months old now. I met his momma, Kim, as I began raising funds for my first trip to Uganda with CURE International. She had been forwarded my blog and watched the river drowning ceremony. Many Ugandan woman are urged by the witch doctors to drown their babies in the Nile River if their child is born with hydrocephalus. Kim read about my journey and was shocked…..
For her baby in her womb had hydrocephalus.
Kim and I met and began a friendship. The Lord prompted me to lay hands on her belly and pray for Ward’s healing inutero. I believed that Ward would be healed before he was born.
But God had a different plan….
Ward came earlier than expected…
He was born with hydrocephalus…
And at the hands of a surgeon…
God healed Ward’s head.
When I was in Uganda, Kim sent me an email that said Ward’s head now showed a cyst on his brain that caused the hydrocephalus. They had to wait until he was older to drain the cyst….
And that time is now.
Once again, I have knelt before Kim’s lap, this time touching Ward’s head, and not Kim’s belly. I believe for healing of this cyst. I love this child.
But, this is not what I wanted to do…
I wanted Ward healed before he was born.
I want Ward’s tube that I feel on the side of his head when I hold him,
running alongside his skull….
to be gone.
I want Ward completely healed.
I want no more doctor visits.
I want to say he is healed.
But God has a different plan….
even before Ward was born…
God had a plan for him…
and his testimony.
While Kim was pregnant with Ward, she told me with tears in her eyes, that God had given Ward to her….for me. She believes that God uses our relationship here, stateside, for me to know how to minister to the mommas and children in Uganda.
When she originally said these words…
I thought I got it…
But now I’ve “gotten it” more.
The Lord has given me a deeper revelation of my friendship with Kim.
You see, Kim looks at me in the same way that the Ugandan mommas look at me. (Oh Lord, help me describe this look, give me words…) The first time I met Kim, she opened her front door and looked straight into my eyes. She looked at me as if to say, “I’ve been waiting for you. Please help me.”
This is the same exact way the mommas in Uganda look at me.
I cannot understand one word that they say…
But I understand their eyes.
I get it.
“I’ve been waiting for you.”
“Please help me.”
“I am scared. “
These mommas looked at me to do something.
They wanted me to pray.
They wanted me to hold their baby.
And pray for healing.
Most mommas would take their sick baby and place him in my arms….like I could just fix it.
Its the same look Kim has.
I left Uganda and I was able to walk away from the pain and reminder of curses and death and abandonment and pain.
Yet, when I see Kim…
I am reminded of their pain.
Just with her eyes.
God has used Kim to be these mommas’ voices in my life.
She reminds me of the call.
It has to be the loneliest feeling in the world to think that no one knows what you are going through.
Kim found hope that her story of a baby with hydrocephalus could change the way babies are thought of in Uganda.
She found hope that Ward’s life would save babies just like him.
And his story has.
In Uganda, I shared about Ward with mommas….how the surgery healed his head. Their eyes would light up….as now their baby could be healthy too.
Ward’s story crossed language barriers,
and cultural barriers…
and saved babies from death.
One little life changed the world.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I ask all of you to pray for sweet Ward tomorrow as he lays before a surgeon.
“Father God, I pray right now for Ward….thanking you for his life. I thank you for his testimony, one that began before he was ever born. Thank you that he has a momma and a daddy that say, “yes, Lord”. Thank you that they desire for Ward’s life to touch many. Lord, be the hands of the surgeon tomorrow and completely heal Ward. I pray PEACE over this family. May Your glory cover the earth with his story. May Ward grow up and proclaim You as his Healer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen”
On a side note….
I want to share this video from the prayer room at International House of Prayer in Kansas City.
Its called, “Testimony Bout Jesus”. The singers start testifying to what God has done for them. Its worth the watch, I promise!
I think of Kim everytime I watch it…because I know she’s got a testimony.