My help and my deliverer-Fernanda update

Thursday night we brought Fernanda to the front of the church to be prayed over by missionaries, educators/tias, older youth, kids, Mozambican pastors, and visitors.  We were at our wit's end, nothing was working, and she had just lost 300 grams (14 ounces) in one day.  The whole church lifted up her name in one voice and prayed with all their heart for healing for this one little baby girl.  We prayed for over 20 minutes.  Many kept praying after I had no more words or tears left.  Fernanda, wide eyed and alert, just stared around at everyone with their hands outstretched, touching her, calling out her name.
Friday a few of us missionaries started gathering daily at 3pm to pray over her while many of you all around the world got on your knees and joined us at exactly the same time.  We weighed her Friday and for the first time we had an utter halt in her weight.  She didn't gain weight, but she didn't lose anything.  She started having an appetite and eating all her food.  Saturday she gained 60 grams (I made a mistake if you read the previous update).  I shared with the tias our joy, excitement and expectation to see God show up and help little Fernanda.  I told them about all of you interceding all over the globe for this one little girl.  They were amazed and in awe.  That night the two tias that were on shift together gathered and prayed over her together.  Today (Sunday) she gained........510 grams (that's over 1 lb)!!!!!  She is now 14 lbs 6 ounces (6.54 kg).  We have not changed a single thing in her care.....she ate everything again today and has still been crying out for more food.  She has life in her eyes and is much more comfortable today.  She has started bonding with one of the tias on this shift.  The tias are excited and amazed at the work God is doing.  We are too!!!

We have been praying for healing, comfort, fever reduction, a ferocious appetite, weight gain, bonding with the tias, healing of her mother, to bring the family together-back to unity and closer to God using this event, for wisdom, for Fernanda to be plucked out of the mire and set on the firm Rock of God so that she can grow old and have a family and take in orphans and babies that are near death like herself and love them with the LOVE of GOD back into His arms....so she can cry out and tell of the miracles He has performed in her life, how He has changed her and saved her, set her apart for GREAT things!  Praise the Lord for hearing our prayers and answering them!  Continue praying for tomorrow as she starts treatment, for no side effects from the harsh medications and for grace and favor with the Mozambican medical system as we attempt to navigate it (they can require us to come 5 days a week and wait hours each time to receive her daily meds as all the other patients have to do for the entire 6 month treatment period).  Pray for her continued weight gain, fever reduction, comfort, bonding to the tias.  Pray also for encouragment of the tias/drawing them closer to our Heavenly Father as they see his mercy, grace, love, and power through this experience.

"I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.  He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD."  -Psalm 40:1-3

"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all you iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."  -Psalm 103: 1-5

Thank you for the prayers for Fernanda.  Keep them coming!!

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