I loosen Rosalia’s swaddling blankets in the sweltering heat of the ambulance. Rosalia’s limbs, like sticks, betray her malnourishment. It is immediately clear that she has Down syndrome. She is wearing only pink eyelet underpants; white scabies adorn the rest of her thin body. She seems not to notice the siren scream or the jolts as we drive along the rocky road carved into a wooded thicket leading away from the deadly river toward life.
Yet if I speak softly to her, she turns her unfocused eyes toward my face. When I learn through a translator that tiny Rosalia is 4 years old, the lightness of her being becomes unbearable in my arms.
- The Great Tiny Baby Rescue byKaren Swallow Prior, Christianity Today
It’s been a little while since I’ve written about Baby Rescue, but I never stop thinking about it.
Dr. Karen Swallow Prior serves as the Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Liberty University. She was one of the many beautiful people I had the opportunity to meet during my trip to Guatemala with World Help this past October. Christianity Today recently published an article on Operation Baby Rescue that Karen researched and began writing during our trip.
To read the article, the details come back so clear and fresh; I was there, in that place, too; I held those same babies, rode in that same sweltering ambulance, attended that same heart-wrenching funeral with the tiny casket and young mother.
I would love for you to read Karen’s article, The Great Tiny Baby Rescue, for a deeper look into a few of our most intense days in Guatemala, days that are like every day for those babies and families.
Many have asked about my Jenri, the sweet boy who broke and stole my heart in the same moment.
From an email I received yesterday, Jenri is not well.
His tiny, ten-pound frame is no heavier than when I left him three months ago, even as he nears his third birthday.
The doctors say they have done all they can for Jenri. In the words of Carlos Vargas, Director of Hope of Life,
“Please pray that God gives him the strength to continue fighting and prove everyone wrong. Our team of doctors has done all they can; it’s up to Jenri and God now. Let’s pray that he lives!”
Would you join me in praying for my boy Jenri? Since I received the email, I honestly have been wracking my brain for a way to get him here, even if just for temporary comfort of a family. There is no way legally that I can find. So I offer my prayers and ask for yours.
Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!
Do not let my hope be crushed.
Sustain me, and I will be rescued;
- Psalm 119:116-117
in tears + hope,
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