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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Zoie's Story... you CAN make a difference today in a child's life!!

We met Zoie Senait for the first time on July 7, 2008 in Addis Ababa at the AWAA Transitional Home. We had been told by many staff and families that had traveled to Ethiopia before us that our daughter was VERY tiny. Nothing could have prepared our hearts for what we would see.

Our precious daughter was indeed tiny...
at 6 months old, she only weighed 8 pounds. All I could say when they placed her in my arms was...
she's so tiny. Her head and legs and arms and tiny feet were the size of a newborn infant. I had brought a beautiful flower head band to give her, but it looked massive on her tiny head.

She had no strength or energy due to her health issues. We were so happy that day and in love with our sweet girl, but we knew we were facing dire circumstances. She had pneumonia, dehydration, a severe upper respiratory infection and fever. Her tummy was swollen, due to malnourishment, her tiny chest was sunken and her breathing fast and labored, even her head veins were bulging
All she could do was stare at us with her enormous beautiful eyes. She needed our help!! Our second night at the hotel with Zoie, we knew we were in trouble. She stopped breathing several times and in our panic and fear we made the difficult decision to take her to the hospital. The Hilton Hotel staff were incredible and they helped pile our family in a van in the middle of the night. The head nurse from the Transitional Home (our angel!) met up with us and we searched the night for a hospital and doctor who would help our tiny girl. We drove around the city for hours, but could not find any help and in desperation prayed to God for His protection. At 6AM, we finally made a connection with beautiful Dr. Sophie and she met us at her clinic. It was one of the most painful, challenging, uncertain nights of our journey. We started to unravel and doubt and fear what was going to happen next. Zoie Senait was fighting for her life!

We started feeding Zoie the same formula Tom Davis is donating to the AWAA TH. She ravishingly ate every 2 hours and we watched a miracle happen before our eyes. Within 24 hrs we could literally see our daughter healing. We started healing. We believed and trusted and rejoiced and celebrated our tiny miracle!

Zoie had been in the best care and showered with love at the Transitional Home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The staff and nannies are our heroes!! However,they are desperate to have baby formula that will help the children waiting for their families heal and grow and thrive. At the time, the staff did the very BEST they could with the
nutritional resources they had. When we heard they came close many times to running out of formula, it broke our hearts.

Donating $30 for life-saving formula for babies in Ethiopia will make a huge difference in ways you may never understand. This formula would have made a major impact on our daughter's health. It's something simple we can all do, but it's changing the world one baby at a time. Simply love!!
Please DONATE today
The best is yet to come!!click photo to enlarge!!
(Fat Tuesday 09)
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  1. what a beautiful testimony! i had no idea about zoie's dire circumstances! she is a precious princess chosen and delivered straight to your family to be restored to health! thank you for sharing her amazing story! nourishment for the other babies is on the way! :)

  2. This made me weep! What a beautiful story. I think everyone should read this. I think so many people ignore the NEED that Africa has which is so sad. God is still great though and His work is being done by His people everyday:).

  3. Every time I see that chunky baby, I can't believe how little she WAS. :) God is Good! I'm so thankful He has seen fit to bless us with our children.
    Love you, friend!

  4. What an amazing transformation! She is a beautiful girl.

  5. What an amazing story of God's provision--Zoie is beautiful (and sooo chunky)! It's incredible to remember how scary it was when you were in ET.

    Got your comment--please forgive me--I haven't forgotten the video, I'm thinking that I'll probably just have to BRING it with me to Branson :) I'm so horrid--I've got to re-transfer everything from the camera to digital on my laptop since the flood destroyed the computer it was on. Believe me, not mailing the dvd to you is HAUNTING me. Wish I would have done it right away!! I've been meaning to make dvds to slip into Sal and Josiah's books so it's no biggie :) If I would just sit still and DO IT.

    I'm so excited about all that is happening on your blog right now--much love, apryl

  6. Wow!
    What a simply beautiful testimony.

    I know that fear so well too. Our twins were 22 months old and 10 pounds. My heart too was not prepared for what I saw when first laid eyes on them. Our daughter Xia was in the last stages of severe protein malnourishment. Not only was she tiny, frail and weak, but her skin had started breaking down. Her mouth and head were covered in sores. They were in the hospital when we got back for a few weeks. I thought we were going to lose our son a few times during that time.
    As hard as that time was, just like Zoie's beginning-It really is like Apryl so eloquently pointed out _What an amazing story of God's provision.
    And as hard as that was look how motivated you are and educated you are on the importance of delivering life saving formula.


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