When It Rains…

11 Sep

…it pours.  Feast or famine.  “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…A time to get, and a time to lose; ,…a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together,..a time to keep and a time to cast away.”  

In Ethiopia, the year 2005 has just roared to a close, gone out like a lion.  You have heard Kidist’s story in the last post.  Two days later, Ababech returned to our clinic.  It was not her first time there.  On the first occasion she came in the early morning and entered our emergency room.  She had obvious scratches and bruises .  She was 8 months pregnant.   She was having some contractions, but no dilation or broken water, and experiencing some symptoms of anxiety and perhaps mild shock if there is such a medical term.  Our staff administered oxygen, treated her wounds and did an exam to determine the status of her pregnancy.  There was a heartbeat.  We listened to her story and the contractions subsided.  She was relieved to know the baby had survived.

Now she was back.  In advanced labor.  By noon we were taking pictures of a healthy little boy and celebrating the blessing God had brought into Ababech’s life and the opportunity we had been given to minister in her experiences.  In her “time to keep”, her “time to get”, according to the purposes under heaven.

There will be a future, “the-rest-of-the-story”, for Ababech and her son and God knows that story.  He must have something in mind for the potential of this little boy’s life that almost wasn’t.  I am glad you wanted to know more about the details leading up to the first time Ababech came to the clinic one month ago.  She was on the street.  She got into a car with a man.  When he found out she was pregnant, she was taken to a remote place, beaten, and thrown out of the car like garbage.  Her famine, her time to experience being cast away.

Now, we can minister in her time to heal, her time to be built up.

So for us at the end of 2005,  it is pouring opportunities to share hope with hearts.  It is a feast.  Not food.  Opportunities to love.


One Response to “When It Rains…”

  1. Sarah Fiechter September 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Moved to tears. Wow, thanks for sharing.

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