Update 10/31: Cincinnati 

By the time you read this, we will be in Cincinnati. 

Long story:

A lot has happened since our last update. 

  • We continued talking with Jaime. 
  • We called just about every major city in the South that has children’s hospitals to see who can do both amnioinfusions as well as who has nephrology teams that will do preemie dialysis (including how little weight, how many cases they’ve done, and what their confidence was in their team). 
  • And Cincinnati called us back to say they had an appointment for us for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd. 

So, Thursday October 27th our two day itinerary was set for the Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati, the question was,

How will we get there?

Flights were over $1,000 for just Mary and I. A car trip was 11+ hours driving straight through. And a train ride would take quite awhile, aside from putting us past our destination. 

And that’s God started opening another door: 

A good friend and coworker remembered briefly meeting a guy named Ed who flies ministers out to these kinds of things as his ministry. By Friday night, we had his number. He called me back and said that although his plane was currently in Taiwan with missionaries, he had another friend who might could fly us on his personal jet. 

Personal. Jet. 

I asked who that was, and his reply was more than just a coincidence:

The guy that has done our taxes for a decade, whose done my parents’ and brother’s taxes for over a decade, whose been friends with our family for 20 years or so… he has his own jet?!

Saturday passed, however, and we still didn’t have an answer. By Sunday noon, Mary and I would have to pack to leave and drive halfway, stopping in Athens, AL (side note: there are websites that help you find a halfway point between two destinations. Who knew?). 

Our church prayed during our 8am church worship service Sunday. Our small group prayed during bible study at 9am. And then our church prayed again during the 10:30am worship service. 

And then, during the sermon, my friend called, and said that although he’d love to fly us on his jet, the cost was $1500 an hour. So he asked, “How much are tickets?” Seeing as how I’d just looked them up, I replied, “$1200.”

Without even a breath of hesitation, he spoke, “Ok. I’ll buy those.”

Ok. I’ll buy those. 

As if that weren’t enough to see God opening doors for us to walk through, our church prayed over us (in Baptist life, it’s called “laying on of hands.” Incredibly biblical, but not enough people talk about it nowadays.). There was power in those praying people, and I cannot tell of a deeper feeling of love from a church family than that moment then: to pray for us in our time of need. 

As if that weren’t enough, people came up to us afterwards, contributing words of support and financial help to offset our journey. 

We will keep walking through these doors that only God himself could open. 

We will continue to journey with Him in His story, seeing how our little stories have interconnected with people all around the world to get us to Cincinnati. 

And no matter what, God is still good. 

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6 thoughts on “Update 10/31: Cincinnati 

  1. God is good!! Praying specifically for wisdom in doctors and peace of God for you and Mary!! God bless

  2. Oh, James and Mary, God is still in the Miracle Dept. You are well in his hands. Keep God’s loving smile on your faces as you do forward seeking. Love and Prayers as well for this journey. Debbie Dale .

  3. Mary & James

    I’m catching up on communication and wanted you to know that you and your precious family are in my prayers. I know the journey ahead is going to be a difficult one. I read James’ initial blog about Baby O. I know you don’t want any awkwardness regarding Baby O and I will attempt to be as “normal” as possible when I see you both. I certainly understand that there will be tears that seemingly come from nowhere at random times and I hope you understand that I may share in those tearful moments as I feel for your suffering. I know there is always HOPE in Christ Jesus. I know you have placed Baby O in His Mighty and Holy hands and that gives you peace that surpasses all understanding. While I cannot fathom the roller coaster of emotions you must be on right now and I may never truly know your pain, my heart cries out to the Lord on your behalf.

    The comfort and peace I know you have comes from knowing that in terms of life is that we are no longer under the Law and we can be sure that God has compassion on you. We know that God sent us His Son and the promise of the Holy Spirit so that we will never have to face trials alone.

    “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,” (John 14:16)
    “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

    We know the Lord does not inflict suffering on us for punishment, although He does allow suffering in our lives that we can use to bring Him glory. We know He works ALL things for HIS good. Everything exists by His power. You have certainly had your share of the suffering and may at times think that it’s not fair to have to endure more trials. “Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

    I will continue to pray for peace, comfort, and understanding for you all during this time. I see you are on your way to Cincinnati for answers and possibilities. I hope you will find these simple verses comforting on your journey. May the Lord bless and keep you during your travels.
    “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
    “The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
    “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
    “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Psalm 91
    “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

    And yes, no matter what, God is still Good. Thank you for that James & Mary.

    Love m

  4. David and I continue to lift you up to God for strength and wisdom and direction….prayers especially for the doctors that will be taking care of Mary and the baby. We know this Is all so stressful and difficult but with God as he promises anything is possible if you belive in him. Love you guys very much!!

  5. My daughter, Melissa Hamilton, asked me to put you and Mary on the prayer list at Bethel Baptist Church, Crossroads, MS. I am Melissa’s mom, Judy Amacker. I just wanted you to know we met for a home prayer meeting Monday night for an upcoming revival, and we had prayer for your family. We will continue to pray for you and your family. May you feel His presence and see His hand at work each step of the way. God bless.

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