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Accidental Foster Parents: Twins go back to birth family

Below is the prayer update we sent out just after the biological family of the twins asked that they be returned to them.  If you would like to be added to our "prayer posse" and get these updates regularly, please contact us.

Shukran Baba Fi Sama -- Thank you Father in Heaven for the privilege of caring for these two little lives for these last 10 weeks. We are honored that you entrusted us with them for this first season of their life, and we commit them wholeheartedly into your care. Raise them up for You Lord, to make an early decision to follow You and worship you all the days of their lives. Protect them Lord as they transition to the family of their clan.  Engage their family and motivate them to provide the care that these twins so desperately need. Cause the birth father and all the members to love these boys and look out for their best interests above their own desires.  In Jesus Name we Pray with Thanksgiving, Amen.


On June 25, we handed the boys over to their family. We are sad, yes, and at peace that we did what we were called to do -- that is to obey the leading of the Father. We prayed the never fail prayer, "Thy Will Be Done", and believe with our whole hearts that God has answered just that. In our devotional that morning we read, "Sin and sorrow and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God made a mistake in allowing them. Sorrow burns up a great amount of shallowness (Oswald Chambers, June 25)."

We are thankful for those that stood with us throughout. We ask that people pray we would keep our eyes on the Father, receiving from Him the healing and help we need to move on in Him. May we become more like Jesus as we share in His sufferings. May it be true of us all that, we "receive ourselves in the fires of sorrow, that God would make us nourishment for other people (O.C.)." May our joy be restored.

Update: About 2 1/2 weeks later, the father and several other family members brought the boys to the clinic to get formula, and they looked healthy and gained weight.  It was bittersweet to see them, but we felt compelled to see how they were.  Hudson was yelling his lungs out like he typically did, while Taylor was the mellow fellow.  The Lord continues to ease the hole that was left in our lives when they left.  On a practical note, we gave the boys' cribs (just made-- not ever used by them) to the hospital, and have been encouraged that others have been blessed by our step out in faith.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

It's twin boys!

We have much to share with you-- both praise and prayer!

We Praise God because He is...
  • Truth
  • Our Salvation and Righteousness (because we can't be these for ourselves!)
We thank Him for:
  • Allowing the hospital and clinic to open, at least partially: 2 deliveries so far, 3-6 inpatients at any given time, 25+ patients in clinic most days, praying with many of them and our pastors bringing the word...
  • Most supplies are here, with more en route
  • Growth in our language understanding (learning to listen more than talk... hmmm-- important to learn how to do in any language!)
  • Rains are here-- cooler weather (some of the time)
Please pray with us for:
  • Our ability to care for patients when we are still establishing what supplies we have, where we have it, and if our staff know what to do with it; some cases are very difficult and resources are limited
  • Endurance for Jeff and Elizabeth as we are pulled in many directions with regards to caring for patients, setting up systems/records/organizations/protocols/etc, coordinating further equipment and supply needs, and balancing all that with our life and ministry as a family!
  • Which brings us to the other big piece of news: newborn twin boys in the Perry home!
The story of how this came about...
On Monday April 16, Jeff's lab tech shared about his cousin who died after childbirth, leaving twins. On Tuesday, the father of the babies brought a letter to Harvesters requesting they be taken into the orphanage, but they did not have the staff to take in 2 newborns, so referred them to the medical director (ie, Jeff) to enroll them in the formula program. Jeff read the letter handed to him, which stated the twins were boys. He shared that with Elizabeth.

We, especially several of our children, have been praying for God's direction for our family for the past 2 years. In particular, we all felt a strong sense that if there were ever twin boys that needed a family, we should be willing to be that. Though many children have tugged at our hearts since moving here almost a year ago, we knew that the timing was not right. This was confirmed by the fact that in South Sudan, one must live in the country 3 years before being able to adopt a child. However, upon being approached about this specific situation, Elizabeth & I were compelled to ask the question "what can we do" on behalf of these little guys? To complicate matters, the children were the only children of a second wife, which means no one in the clan would take care of them (particularly father or first wife).

After praying and talking about it for a day, we felt we should offer these boys the haven of our family, if the birth father and clan understood the finality of adoption as we understand it. Through interpretation and some of our rudimentary Arabic, they overwhelmingly embraced the idea. With Mama Lilly, Mr. Mourice (compound director from Kenya), and our lab tech present, we signed all the necessary papers, took pictures of them handing the boys over to us, and even took video of the father signing the form. We are fully aware that there is risk still of misunderstanding and changing minds, yet it seems adoption is something that officials here are okay with. As a positive sign, it appears that we will have no problems getting travel documents allowing them to travel with us to Kenya and Uganda next month.

Hudson-and-TaylorSo without further adieu, meet Hudson Jeffrey (6#2oz) and Taylor Moses (4#6oz), born April 14, 2012 in Yei, South Sudan.
See more pictures (April) in our gallery. The rest of the Perryclan is ecstatic to say the least, and eagerly helping out. Seriously, it is amazing to welcome twins into a family in which the 5 oldest do all household chores, hold the babies (safely), change diapers... And, we will be keeping our house helper Christine instead of letting her go as we had planned on in May.

Pray for their health (Taylor is low birth weight, and a nasty skin infection)-- that they would eat, grow, and become strong, free from infection.

Thank you for laboring alongside through the work of prayer!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

IHORB: Look for one opening near you!

ihorbAs we enter into our 8th month of eating rice and beans, creativity enters in.  Perhaps we have come up with an idea for a new chain of restaurants: IHORB-- International House of Rice and Beans.  For pennies a plate, a whole menu can be created.  Here is a preview:

 

  1. Indian Rice and Beans: curry on R&B (rice and beans, not rhythm and blues)
  2. Texas Rice and Beans: barbecue sauce on R&B
  3. Southwest Rice and Beans: chipotle on R&B
  4. Lemon Pepper Rice and Beans: lemon pepper on R&B
  5. Huge Plate O' Rice and Beans: you guessed it...R&B, and lots of 'em (salt optional)
  6. Thai Rice and Beans: coconut milk with R&B.  Hmm...sounds good-- haven't tried that one yet!
  7. Italian Rice & Beans: parmesan cheese with beans on rice (or add pasta for a real flair)
  8. Sudanese Sushi: rice, beans, and cabbage wrapped in seaweed (it's actually quite good)
  9. Balsamic Blast: balsamic vinegar on R&B (imported, so must be used sparingly)
  10. Dessert: bananas, pineapple, or mango

We are thankful to enjoy such spices (sent by friends and family) to add some variety to our daily fare!  Yes, we have actually had all of these varieties (well, not the Thai option, but the ingredients are available!).  Please send in your menu ideas and we may even name a dish after you (such as the "Hungry Man" or the "Proctor Special")!

We are challenged that here in South Sudan, eating is for the purpose of filling one's stomach in order to make it through the day's work-- it is not an activity meant for pleasure or diversion.  The Western diet is ingrained in us, and we are convicted by Paul's words to the Philippians about those whose "god is their stomach" (Phil 3:18-19).  How unlike Christ we are that a lack of variety in our diet is an issue for us!

Thankfully, the power to become like Him doesn't come from us but from Him.  "But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body" (Phil 3:20-21).  So, pray with us that "if we have food and clothes, we will be content with that" (1 Tim 6:8).

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

You know your children are growing up on the mission field when...

  • Your son is used a discipline tool for an African orphan (as in "you may not play with Logan for one week!")...
  • Your daughter exclaims "This is like a skate park!" as she rides her bike up and down the 3 foot deep potholes in the road leading to your house...
  • Your son's favorite activity is going to the airstrip to see the various planes that come in...
  • Your daughters enquire about job openings (for them) at the hospital you are opening...
  • Your daughter's bunny hutch is made of mahogany & teak with a thatch roof...
  • Your children are familiar with currency exchange rates and at various times have three different countries' currency in their wallets...
  • They are not disturbed by the 92 degree temperature inside the house during dinner...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

Signs along the way...

As we traveled through South Sudan and Uganda last month, we saw the following signs:

"Mummy Care Infant School" (a tad bit smothering in their mothering, perhaps... or, a promise to preserve your baby while you're away at work?)

"SLAP: Support for Least Advantaged Persons" (with support like that, who needs enemies?)

"Mo Gas" and "Mo Petrol" (as in "we need to get some more gas"...made us think of our friend Rodney in Colorado!)

Sadly, we also see signs of subtle, but steady, deviation from the truths taught in Scripture.  Increasing separation of families, loosening of morals, and more concern with common sense (that is, accept foreign aid even if it promotes non-Biblical values) than the omniscience of God.  The plans of Satan are not new, and we "are not unaware of his schemes" (2 Cor 2:11).  Pray that as we live amongst the children and youth here at Harvesters, we will be faithful to do and say what Jesus shows us, so that these future leaders may "continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." (Col 2:6-7)

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Share the gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen His Church through medical care and education, discipleship, and loving the people of South Sudan as a family.

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