From Village of Hope, Guatemala–
She lived only 31 days. A tiny baby girl, abandoned at birth. She was born with only 10% of her brain. There was no hope they said.
In 31 days this precious baby girl’s life changed many lives, including
mine. She taught us that you can share the gospel without saying a word. She showed us how to trust, how to love fully, and how God has a purpose for every single human no matter how weak or frail. She taught us that greatness doesn’t come from riches, from intelligence, or from power–that greatness comes from a life lived for Him. She showed us that having things means nothing in the end–and that loving someone who can give you nothing in return is the greatest kind of love.
She confirmed to us that FAMILY has nothing to do with being blood related and everything to do with who was there for you no matter what.
Emma Leigh died peacefully in her sleep in the arms of my daughter on April 14, 2015 and was placed into the arms of our Savior knowing FULLY His love. Our prayers were answered in a way we didn’t chose but answered none the less. Emma Leigh was healed. Finally whole and complete.
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28.
Sometimes loving someone means stepping in when others step out. It means willingly walking into their suffering and knowing you will suffer too because they are worth it. Yes loving Emma Leigh meant risking our hearts. BUT GOD. He has a way of giving unspeakable JOY. It was JOY to love this baby girl. I was a JOY to watch her change the world in 31 days.
“Those who plant in TEARS, will harvest with shouts of JOY.” Psalms 126:5
– Amy Block –