My Upcoming Adventure to Meet a Baby Boy in Africa!

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 in Faith | 69 comments

Dear Readers – Following is my latest e-mail newsletter sent earlier in July.  If you would like to receive my letters–approximately every two months–please provide your information to the right.  Thank You!  

Jambo, Friends and Family!  Habari yako?

In the faraway place of Kisumu, Kenya, lies a baby boy in dire straits.  Because of a rare condition he experienced in his mother’s womb–which could have just as easily occurred in the United States–he was born with multiple deformities of his hands and legs.  This little boy’s future would not include playing soccer or guitar; it would not even include walking as you and I define “walking.”  Or holding a spoon or crayon.  Seven months old Emmanuel would grow up severely disabled, watching his five brothers and sisters use their hands and legs while his “normal” would be just that… watching.  But Emmanuel’s life is about to change!

Back in February I had a vision which I described in my blog post “A Happy Worm in the Garden of CURE.”  I encourage you to read it to fully understand, but I was the worm and believed my purpose within CURE International’s ministry to children with correctable disabilities was to pray.  At the time of my vision, I also sensed a calling to go to Africa this summer.  

I guess it was God calling because in several weeks I’m going… to meet Emmanuel!  On Monday, August 6th, at CURE’s hospital in Kenya, Emmanuel will undergo life-changing surgery.  I’ll still be the “worm” praying but now also writing a story for CURE about the spiritual journey surrounding Emmanuel’s transformation and healing.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to be along for this ride and catch a glimpse of the heavenly work God is doing in this little boy’s life.

To learn more about Emmanuel’s story and how you might become involved, please click on www.cure.org/my/wings4emmanuel/.  On behalf of his family, I thank you in advance if your heart is stirred to contribute any amount towards the $2,000 needed for his surgeries.  For updates on Emmanuel’s and my journey, please follow my blog at www.lauriegeisz.com, follow me on Twitter at “LaurieGeisz,” or “friend” me on Facebook to see my pictures and posts (links below).  I’ll try to write as often as I can….

Potentially reading this letter are people all over the world.  Many of you remember praying for my son Joey when he had a life-altering, five hour surgery years ago.  What I felt as “The Global Day of Prayer for Joey” blessed me with “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).  I humbly ask you to remember Emmanuel in your prayers on August 6th… for another Global Day of Prayer for another precious little boy undergoing major surgery.

As I think of this child halfway around the world, two thoughts continue to pierce my heart… about God’s love for you and me.  First, Emmanuel is just a baby in what may be a small house in a little village in a remote part of this world.  But he’s not hidden from God.  Neither are we.

No matter how alone or weak we feel in our trials and pain, God sees us.  He is with us.  Our sufferings matter to Him.  “For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones…. ‘I will not forget you!  See, I have you engraved on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me’” (Isaiah 49:13, 15-16).  Our heavenly Father is the One who provides us hope and strength, shining His light to reveal a new path ahead–even when our situation seems impossible.  There is no one who loves us more.  We can rest in this truth.

Secondly, because Emmanuel is just a baby, he has NO CLUE of all that’s going on for his good–nor of the new life that awaits him.  Really, as God’s children, neither do we.

Through his family, CURE’s surgeons, nurses and spiritual staff, even us who will pray for him, there hovers over and around Emmanuel a love that cannot be measured.  A love that wants Emmanuel to be the very best he can be… a love that has the power to change him.  This is what the Great Healer says:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.  I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt…. (Jeremiah 31:3-4).  Repairing our broken parts for our future good is God’s specialty.

We may have NO IDEA of all that’s going on in the heavenly realms but we may rest assured and be excited that new life ALWAYS awaits us in a personal relationship with Jesus.  “See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).  Christ’s love has the power to transform.  And as CURE International proclaims, “healing changes everything.”

There’s a gift for every single one of us in simply thinking Emmanuel’s name–”which means ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:23).  No matter where you are, you’re in the greatest place you could be–because God is with you!  His love is hovering over and around….

Mungu Akabariki!

Laurie

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