First, an update on “Eva” (our first mom). Eva moved into our home last month at about 5 months of pregnancy. Her mom stayed with her for the first 3 nights, as we had no other moms living in the home, and her mom is very supportive and loving. After she left, Yawen (our live-in counselor) sat down with Eva to go over our rules. One of them is that the moms have to give up their cell phones and computers to Yawen. And there is a specified time during the evening hours that they can use them. Eva said she would rather have had an abortion than follow that rule. We decided to let her call her mom, or let her mom call her, as much as she wanted (this would be on a case by case basis, and they happen to have a healthy relationship). This still wasn’t good enough for her. So she called her mom to pick her up. I had complete peace about it though and truly felt that Eva needed to be with her mom. She was going through so much and had also found out that her baby had no kidneys or bladder, and little to no amniotic fluid. It was so much to take in, for any mom. We told her how much we cared about her and that she could change her mind at any time and come back. I spoke with Eva’s mom the next day to see how they were doing, and Eva’s mom said that God had really impressed on her heart in those days that God really wanted her to be the one to care for her daughter. And that since coming home, Eva’s mood was much better. That was so awesome to hear.
Since Eva has moved back home, every ultrasound has continued to show the same results…no kidneys and no bladder. Last week at her most current ultrasound, at 34 weeks of pregnancy, a kidney was seen!!! The baby can survive as long as it has one kidney! And also incredible—the baby still has no amniotic fluid but is growing NORMALLY and doing very well! They expect that she will go into labor soon and will need a C-section. They baby will have an MRI of the kidney this week. We continue to pray for a miracle for this baby. I hold my breath every time I see Eva’s mom register on my cell phone, as this baby could die in-utero at any time. But every time, it just keeps getting better! Her baby will be adopted to a loving Christian family from a Christian baby home here in Taiwan. Please keep praying!
Our second mom is moving in tomorrow, praise God! I will call her “Mary” here. I received a phone call today from a long time family friend and pastor here in Taichung. A friend of his (will call her Addy) had called him asking him for advice, as a friend of hers had just found out she was pregnant today and was asking for help to get an abortion. I spoke with Addy on the phone we decided to meet this afternoon. I called her back to confirm the place and time and I could hear Mary hysterical in the background. I asked Addy if we should meet now instead of later and she said yes. We decided to meet right away and hung up. We were going to meet at The Refuge, our moms’ home since they lived near there. I got a text from her about 10 minutes later saying that Mary was talking about wanting to commit suicide. I drove to the home (about 25 minutes) and then got a call that they were going to meet me at the pastor’s house since she was familiar with that address and having a hard time finding the moms’ home. So, I turned around and met them at the pastor’s home. I was just praying, and had called others (including Lana who couldn’t be at the meeting) who I knew were praying as well. Only God can soften and work on a person’ s heart. I knew He wanted her to know how much He loves her and this baby. The pastor was planning on just letting us use their meeting space, but when Addy and Mary got there, Addy asked him to stay, so he did. I hugged Mary tight and asked them to have a seat so we could talk. We spent about 45 minutes talking, and Mary cried a lot. She was so scared and confused about what to do. She is in her late 30′s, married to a Taiwanese man, but they have been separated for many years, and she is afraid of her husband. She was with another man and got pregnant, and this boyfriend told her right away that he wants nothing to do with the baby, and even denied that it could possibly be his. She kept saying over and over that she just wanted to have an abortion. She wanted us to go and meet with her husband and have him sign the paper agreeing to her having an abortion. She didn’t want to be at the meeting. When I asked her if she would even need to let her husband know about the pregnancy (they have essentially been divorced for over years-will keep the details of that private here), and reassured her that she could live in a safe, free, and confidential home, and that we would find a loving home for her baby (she had already said she couldn’t take care of this baby), she started crying and said that yes, she would want to move into our home. It was a miraculous moment. It came after she just kept repeating, no matter what other options were offered to her, that she wanted an abortion. She cried. I cried. It was incredible and so moving to see the hope that she could finally have. The possibility of a life for herself and for her baby. The peace you could tell she so desired. Praise God. He loves each of us with a depth we can’t fathom. She understood that this pregnancy did not surprise God and He loves her so much, and has planned out everything to take care of her and her baby. She will move into our home tomorrow. So, I quickly called Yawen (who doesn’t live in the home when there are no moms) and she is coming back tomorrow morning! :) She is awesome.
Thank you so much for your prayers. The flea market, where all of our donations for PSC will be sold, is on April 14th. The Pregnancy Resource Center in Portland is partnering with us to raise money at one of their own fundraisers to help support our moms. That has been amazing to have this relationship with them. They are the same ones that gave us an ultrasound machine way back when we were just barely getting started! The House of Blues student coffee house raised about $300 U.S. dollars for us and that was so moving and powerful. Lana, my co-director, is officially leaving Taiwan this summer and I am going to miss her like crazy! We both have total peace about where PSC is at and where He is leading their family. We are seeking God as to what the next steps are for me and PSC. We trust Him-His timing has been perfect in everything else..why would this be any different?