Visiting Lalibela

Visiting Lalibela

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Reed Family

The Reed Family is another family with America World, in the Ethiopia program. They just received their referral for a little girl and passed court. During this week, after another family delivered a care package to their little Juliana, she developed diarrhea, pneumonia and very quickly sepsis. She went home to be with Jesus on Friday, only a few days after legally obtaining a forever family. While they didn't know her yet, they loved her and have prayed for her for a very long time. Please join me in praying for them and for the nannies at the Transition Home, who work so hard to take good care of these precious children.

The reality of how children live in other countries is so real to us. We had two babies in our travel group who were complete miracles, surviving the same type of pneumonia and sepsis. I take for granted how easy it is to drive across town to access our fantastic pediatrician, Dr. Bowers and her great nursing staff. I can often call and be seen within a few hours and the drive to her is about 15 minutes. Then, if my kids need medicine, it's a quick 10 minutes across town. The children in Ethiopia and other countries don't have access to this type of care. Many die, while their parents seek care. I think the figure is one pediatrician for 25,000 kids (I could be wrong, but I think I'm fairly close). So, when people ask us, "Why Ethiopia?" I can easily tell them, the children desperately need forever families who can provide for all of their needs. I say it again, if God is whispering to you about bringing home a child, please don't hesitate. You will be so blessed!!

I will post more tomorrow about our trip to Jackson..

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for honoring our family with this post. We can feel the prayers and find peace that our baby girl is no longer sick but is resting in the arms of her Heavenly Father.

    Your post is so true about how we take for granted the medical care that we have in the US. These babies need homes, love, and medical attention, and I wish more people would open their hearts and homes. Thank you for your openness in this post.

    Jason, Erica, Ashton Reed