Saturday, November 22, 2014

Living Ephesians 3:20

Ephesians 3:19-20 says :  To know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of ALL the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.  

Friends, I have been living this out and seeing God provide immeasurably MORE than anything I ever asked for in regards to my little Mekedse's heart surgery. I couldn't even begin to think to pray for as much as He has provided and how He has worked so many people into the story and connected all of us in heart and spirit.

Let me go back and shout from the rooftops that Mek was accepted for surgery through the Gift of Life program! She will be coming to the States very soon and for that..well, there are not enough praises to God that I can offer. And what's more is that she will be very close and I will be with her during her surgery and after, and then she will be spending time with my family before she heads back home. God is so so faithful and good!

I want to try to connect the dots for you here as I desperately want you to see how this puzzle all fits together. How God is so interwoven in this story that it should leave no one any doubt as to His existence, His goodness, His faithfulness, and His love for His children.

So here's a timeline:
June 2013 - I met Mek and noticed that she couldn't play as much as the other children
August 2013 - God called me to work with Ordinary Hero in creating a sponsorship program for the children on Entoto Mountain - Mek was the first child sponsored
September 2013 - Mek's dad tells me she has a "tired heart" but gives no other details over the course of my 3 months of asking. I decide to just assess her when I return in 9 months. I notify her sponsor, Jessica, who tells me that she is a pediatric nurse who works on the cardiac unit.
June 2014 - I see Mek again and am able to finally reconnect and assess her - I know immediately what is wrong - ASD/VSD - 2 holes in her heart; God places a strong desire in my heart to help this little girl get her heart fixed!
July 2014 - I post about her on  my blog and a friend I lost touch with contacts me and reminds me that her husband (who I used to work with at Columbus Children's Hospital) used to do medical missions for open heart surgeries and they have a lady I can contact - Shereen. She is the first person I contact. She connects me with Gift of Life; an amazing organization who provides life saving heart surgeries for children all over the world.
July-September 2014 - I am in contact with the executive director of Gift of Life but there is no real movement in Mek's case. I am notified that Meki is extremely sick - she has become jaundiced, her lab work is all over the place, and she is getting nose bleeds with any type of exertion. I notify her sponsor and Gift of Life who tries to speed who through the process with their partner organization Chain of Hope in no avail. Her sponsor and I talk through things and make a decision to put Meki on bedrest until she gets better. Believe me when I say that the two of us (Jess and myself) being nurses had to tell the doctors what tests to perform and what labs to run on Mek because of how horrible the healthcare is over there. Thank the Lord we had Lauren, the field director for Ordinary Hero where I work, to take her to the appointments and tell them what tests we needed done. They wouldn't even do an oxygen level on the poor child whose lips were blue!
September 2014 - I am exhausted. I am tired of waiting for Mek to get accepted. I am tired of the not knowing, and wondering. I am just emotionally spent. I give it up. I literally surrender it all to God and wash my hands of it. The next day, He asks me to pick it back up! WHAT?!? NO!!!!! I felt Him clearly saying "Go back to the beginning, start over." I emailed Shereen - the very first person I contacted about Mek.
  • Shereen was all over it and within a month Mek was accepted! Just.Like.That. 
  • I am notified that we will be responsible for airline tickets so I start a Go Fund Me Page - 2 airline tickets will cost $4000-$6000. I start praying, and get other people to start the prayers too.
  • At the end of that day, I receive a phone call saying that someone anonymously donated Mek's plane ticket cost! WHAT?!? Ephesians 3:20
  • Three days later, there has been $700 raised and the ticket cost for Mek's guardian coming is only $2000. We are getting there. That morning, Shereen calls me and tells me that she is paying for Mek's guardian's ticket! WHAT?!? Ephesians 3:20 - again!
  • A week later I am notified by Lauren, our field director for Ordinary Hero that there are Passport and Visa fees due...which eat up a large portion of that money that was raised. Like nearly ALL of it. But God knew that we would need it for that travel expense and provided that exact amount! 
  • I begin to worry a tad because Shereen has told me that there will be costs over here for clothes (girlfriend has nothing!!!) for winter weather, food at the airports, extra blankets, a dress to wear to the Gift of Life fundraising banquet - she is the guest of honor, etc... Things that she truly NEEDS that we take for granted and don't think about. I didn't think about them.
  • And while I can't go into detail, another donation is made and Mek's expenses for those things are covered and got it, Ephesians 3:20.

Ya'll I just cannot even type this without tearing up at the provisions that have been made. And I had to leave a lot of it out or I would have written a novel and you would have closed this page without getting this far. You actually have no idea how many phone calls her sponsor and I shared, how many other connections we made from the cardiac docs she works with to other non-profits who I contacted (who are now helping me with another heart patient on Entoto Mountain - again, while I thought the process was slow, maybe I was meant to have to wait and contact this group in order to find help for our precious little Amarech who is next on our list and is very very sick). There were countless tears shed for Mek and endless prayers sent. There were sleepless nights for this child. Yet through it all, there was a testimony being born. Her brother began his walk with the Lord again - he had drifted away but because of Mek's heart diagnosis and all of the testing she was enduring etc... he had come back to God and was walking with him again. Just like his sister, his own heart being examined and being made right.  
Even my little Chloe - she was able to pray for Mek for months on end and see how God answers sometimes with a "wait" before He says  "yes." She even reminded me of this one night when we were supposed to get an answer about Mek getting accepted for surgery but we didn't. She asked me if we heard anything and I very disappointedly (is that a word?) said "no." She quickly responded "well mommy, that means God is telling you to wait a little longer." Oh man, she is getting it! God is using Mek to teach my child...and me!

I am praying right now for everyone who may read this...that you will each see how faithful God is - more than you could ever imagine, and how much He loves every single one of you - and will pursue your heart!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Update On My Little Mek

For those who still read my blog though I post rarely as of late, I wanted to shout it from the rooftops that


Details to follow :) 

Thank you to all who prayed fervently for her!!! God heard our prayers and answered in His perfect time.