Today marks the two-year anniversary of my miscarriage of the baby we named Ande Lynn. As anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a baby knows, the emotional and physical pain of miscarriage is very real and very deep. God has, however, brought healing to our hearts through time and through His promises; and He has brought me to a point where I can now rejoice rather than mourn on this day of remembrance. I rejoice because Ande is already with the Lord, and I rejoice because I have the hope of one day joining him/her there.
Because this day, July 14th, has become to us a day of rejoicing–and because it will always be a special day in our hearts–we have decided to use it in a way that reflects the hope that we have in Jesus. Recently, Travis and I felt led to sponsor a child through Gospel For Asia’s Bridge of Hope program, a program that gives poor boys and girls throughout South Asia an education, daily meals, and medical checkups in a Christian environment. Through this, children (and their families) are not only introduced to Jesus, but they are also given a way out of the poverty and bondage that the Hindu caste system otherwise enslaves them to. Since GFA’s Bridge of Hope page has a “search by birthday” feature, we decided to use July 14th as our means of selecting a child to sponsor.
So, today is not only the anniversary of a loss. It is also a sweet Indian girl’s 11th birthday! Happy birthday to Ramya! We have not yet had any correspondence with her, but we pray for her regularly; and we hope that she will (or does) know the love of Jesus which clothes us, feeds us, and sets us free!
To God be the glory both now and forevermore!