Praise God that Matt & Jonna and their young family was able to travel back to the USA last month! We look forward to seeing their faces here at Calvary Worship Center later this year!
- this will be a restful furlough and time of reconnection for them and their families!
- for the work to go on and expand in fruitfulness while they are here!
If you have a van or large SUV you can loan them this fall and winter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Baby Devine - His Safe Haven, Liberia
His Safe Haven wants to share with you a story of a little boy named Devine. The world will not remember Devine. There will be no monuments marking his life. He was not royal in earthly standards nor was he famous. No, Devine was just a baby. He had 16 days on the earth before the Lord called him home.
From his conception, Devine was unwanted and unloved. When Devine’s father heard about the pregnancy, he made Devine’s mother leave the house. Homeless and alone, Devine’s mother tried to abort Devine, but Devine clung to life! He continued to grow as God prepared him for the world. When Devine was born on June 19, 2020, his arms were slightly deformed, both arms were broken and his legs were permanently wrapped around his body, like he was giving himself a hug. His mother refused to look at him or take care of him. Yet still God was looking after him. A nurse at the hospital where he was born offered to care for him until a home could be found.
Little Devine was brought to the His Safe Haven’s Family on June 25, 2020. Oh there was a huge celebration for him! The Mum’s were singing and dancing and praising the Lord for another blessing He had given them.
Devine was dearly loved at His Safe Haven. He was cared for and he had found home. Then on July 1, 2020, Devine came down with a sickness and was rushed to the hospital. Due to the COVID-19 crisis there are many police checkpoints to cross on the 3 hour car drive. God was watching out for him then too! He allowed safe passing through all the checkpoints. When they reached the main checkpoint, it was almost as if the car was invisible! The gate was up and no guards took any notice of their vehicle passing through!
When Devine reached the hospital he was taken for x-rays where it was determined he had an obstructed bowel and pneumonia. Being too weak and fragile for the needed surgery, he was started on antibiotics and oxygen to try to make him strong enough for surgery. During Devine’s time in the hospital, a lot of people came to pray. Word had spread about the little miracle boy who was loved in a country that disregards, throws away and kills children with special needs. A nurse from his birth came to pray with him, his neighbours on the ward prayed with him. A doctor stopped to pray with him.
Devine’s health continued to decline. He was never strong enough for the surgery. Devine passed into the arms of Jesus on July 6, 2020. They prayed for Devine’s healing and the Lord healing came, just not here on this earth. Devine was small but he has left a big hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Three days ago, His Safe Haven’s leadership met to discuss another child in need. His story was gut wrenching. A mother in the bush decided that her 5 year old son no longer deserved to live. She carried him to the river, stripped him naked and was about to throw him in when someone noticed her. When asked what she was doing, she said that she was going to destroy her son. The boy was carried back to his extremely poor grandmother. The grandmother took the boy, though she did not want him and could not afford to feed him. There he sat suffering until one of our physician assistants learned about his condition. The deaf are heavy on the His Safe Haven family’s hearts. You can imagine how repulsed they felt when we learned that the mom wanted to kill her son simply because he was born deaf. His Safe Haven is now in the process of making this precious boy their son!
- that His Safe Haven will be able to rescue this child
- for provision, wisdom, and discernment in the many requests they receive to help children
- that they will also be able to construct their first home for the Deaf at His Safe Haven’s village