Thursday, January 08, 2009

Day of Prayer for Rosie

This is Rosie, a sweet four year old that we've known since just after she was born. Her parents worked for us in South Africa and in the past few years we've seen God take them on an amazing journey of faith. When we first met her father, David, he wasn't interested at all in learning about Jesus, but I remember telling Scott, that one day he would become an evangelist his own people in Mozambique. It took over a year for God to change their hearts, but three years ago, he and his wife became Christians and have since then grown tremendously in their faith.

When God called us to Mozambique, we asked them to come with us. Emily had no desire to move to Mozambique and told us that. I told her that honestly, I didn't want to go either, but God had called us and because of that we were going. She stood up and said if you are going because God has called you, we will come as well. This has been their heart ever since, to reach out to the people here.

During the last few months since our arrival here, God has brought people to their doorstep who want to know more about the Bible. We firmly believe that it is our job to train up solid leaders, because they are the ones who will be able to reach the people here the best.

We've spent a lot of time praying for David and Emily's daughter during the past several years. She quit talking when she was two and has showed some signs of Autism. We went through the process of having her hearing tested along with several other things, and while she has improved with her interaction, she still isn't speaking. Resources are limited here, but we are in the process of making arrangements to take her to a neurologist in the next few weeks (six hours away) as well as a pediatrician we found nearby.

David and Emily are already praising God for the changes in Rosie, but she has a long way to go. We've set aside today as a special day of prayer for her and her family and will be gathering with several of the Christians this evening to pray over her. Please pray for this sweet family as they seek to follow God and raise their daughter.



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