Let’s start with Grace Will Grow. Its a special day here. Three years ago on this day we met Gracie for the first time, face to face. She’d lay there in our arms, her eyes focused on us as if to say, “I’m a fighter. I’m gonna make it.”…like she knew life was about to be different.
Gracie’s start in life was rough. Born to a very poor, beautiful woman, on January 22, 2009 she was most likely born a normal birth weight. But 7 days into her life we know she was having severe diarrhea as she was taken into an orphanage on that date and was immediately given the medical attention she needed. We only know bits of the story, but around her 21st day of life she was taken into AWAA’s transition home where she she was given more medical attention. Her severe diarrhea was causing weight loss. She also had an infection that had become septic. AWAA tried every kind of formula they could obtain in ET to see what might help her gain weight. Eventually they shipped soy based formula from the States to ET just for her in hopes that it would alleviate her diarrhea.
Of course, we didn’t know all this was going on as we waited for a referral of our daughter. But God did. He put it on Libby’s heart one March morning of that year to pray for Jesus to send milk to her sister. I happened to blog about it here. That blog served as concrete confirmation on the day of Gracie’s referral. Gracie was so malnourished when we first saw her pictures. 5.6 pounds at 3.5 months of age. We had not requested a child with special needs, but we were concerned the malnourishment would cause her to have some special needs. So we needed to pray and hear from the Lord. Was this our daughter? And then he revealed her story to us. The week Libby had prayed for milk to be sent to Gracie (who we then called Lulu) was the very week that AWAA was sending the new formula to ET just for Gracie by way of another adopting family.
And that formula worked. And because the famine in ET was bringing about more and more severely malnourished babies into AWAA’s transitional home, an entire fundraiser was sparked to provide more formula for other babies like Gracie.
As we waited to travel and take Gracie into our arms, we knew God had made a promise that she would grow and thrive. And even though she was covered with chicken pox on her Metcha and Gotcha days, she was 11 pounds! She had doubled in weight in just under 2 months time.
Gracie’s story has impacted many. It still impacts our hearts, compelling us to plead with others to consider adoption. And that’s why this song was written. It was written as a gift to Gracie and it was written so God’s power in Gracie’s life could be an inspiration to others. May those who listen give babies/children like Gracie a hope and a future. And since adoption is not the only option nor the only answer to the many problems in countries like Ethiopia, may the Lord give wisdom and finances to those who will give and guide ET out of poverty!
If you are interested in adoption here is a link to our agencies ET program.
For lyrics to song click here here.
And here’s a video we put to this song about 1 year ago.