Friday, September 21, 2012

How Are The Girls Doing?


A week has passed since Maria and Daniela arrived to our GBH family. Aside from Maria struggling with a bad cold right now, they are both doing extremely well. They are settling in to their feedings, naps and general daily routine. Both of them especially love bath time! Developmentally, they are improving everyday. It is really amazing to watch. When they arrived they had no strength in their legs and trunk, and little strength in their neck to hold their heads up. We had a dear friend, who is an occupational therapist, come evaluate them. She gave us some exercises that are helping to strengthen their core which is helping all other areas. By Wednesday of this week Daniela was able to play in an exersaucer, holding her upper body up and using her legs to push up and down. Maria is a little more behind, but we have seen great improvement in her too. You can pray for Maria, that this cold would quickly pass. It is frustrating her when she sleeps and eats.

Daniela loving the exersaucer!

Maria loving her bath!

Posted by Juan Strutton at 8:43 AM

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Additions to Grace Babies' Home

Towards the end of October, Grace Babies' Home opened its doors. On November 8th, the Mexican social services (DIF) placed our first baby into our care. Three weeks later, she was adopted into her forever family. As days turned into weeks, we waited but did not receive more babies from the DIF. We were informed that they were putting us on hold while they reworked some of their own policies regarding the placement of babies and worked to create a new system of requirements and standards for orphanages receiving babies.

On December 21st, we began earnestly seeking the Lord and His favor throughout this process. In daily prayer and Bible study, He was faithful to confirm through Scripture His absolute sovereignty and control over this time of waiting. One of the first Scripture verses He gave us was from Isaiah 66:9: "Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the LORD. With this encouragement, we took heart. After all the miracles He had already performed to bring GBH into existence, God would be faithful to deliver on His promises to care for the fatherless.

Meanwhile, we worked with the DIF to meet every request made of us with excellence. This process was tedious to say the least. We would complete a list of requirements with the understanding that we were finished and ready to receive babies. Later we would learn that the DIF had come back with more requirements. This cycle repeated itself over and over. As recent as this week, we attended 14 hours of classes including varying themes from child psychology to the organization and mission of the DIF.

Yesterday afternoon we received the call that two babies from the DIF would be arriving today. After the call, we began to add up the weeks and months that we have been waiting, praying and preparing for these precious little ones. From December 21st to today, 38 weeks (269 days) have passed. This is the same amount of time God uses to create human life, and deliver that which He brings to birth. His timing is always perfect.

Please join us as we welcome Maria and Daniela, and worship the One who has delivered them to our GBH family. He truly does, set the lonely in families!

Maria and Daniela
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows … God sets the lonely in families… Psalm 68:5&6

We can’t say “thank you” enough to all who have labored with us in prayer through these last nine months. Your love, prayers and support are what have carried us through to this day.
Posted by Juan Strutton at 6:58 PM
 

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