Monday, February 15, 2010

More grace needed

Well, if you read a blog that I posted a few days, you were hopefully encouraged by the story of Father Ngoma and the birth of their child.   Well, I was heading down to the area where he lives on Saturday afternoon, so I called that morning to ask if I could come and see the baby.  He answered a bit quiet and then proceeded to share with me how the baby died that morning.  I felt like you do right now if you read that story and saw the miracle that God brought them through.  The story wasn’t supposed to end this way. She gave birth on Tuesday via C-section to a 6 lb boy and the mother and baby both were doing well, although the baby was born with a cleft lip. On Friday they come home from the hospital and then on Saturday morning the baby started having trouble breathing. They rushed to the hospital but it was too late and he was BID [brought in dead].  They were left with no explanation.  Being born a month early, I wonder if it was due to underdeveloped lungs?!?!?  As you can imagine they are devastated.   How do you encourage people in this kind of suffering?  I did stop by and see Nathan that evening.  After hearing about all the details, I prayed for him.  I prayed for more grace to handle this difficulty, and then I referred back in my prayer to another sermon that we had just heard.   Joseph Zulu had preached on Suffering that Friday night before the death of his boy, and I had also showed a C.J. Mahaney clip on Psalm 42. C.J. spoke an amazing message where he spoke about the importance of preaching and talking to yourself as the psalmist does. He commended those listening  to implore yourself to have hope in God, to not let circumstances or situations determine your spiritual state, but to look to God’s promises and speak them back to yourself.     Again, the future grace of these messages were evident when I prayed that Nathan and his wife would speak to themselves of their hope in God during these days of suffering.  I could sense how much he resonated and remembered those sermons during the prayer.  He said, “Amen” as I prayed those words and shared his gratitude for the prayers.  We talked about how amazing it was that God once again provided grace through His word through these messages at just the right time.   Please pray for the Ngoma family.

 

 

Steve Allen

Action Zambia

www.aliveinafrica.com

 

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." Revelation 7:12

 

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