THANK YOU for following our journey these last two years as our family served with Mercy Ships! We appreciate your prayers, encouragment, financial support...We are so grateful for you partnering with us! -- We are now back in Alabama trying to transition back into our community. ~ The Barton Family

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Mama Bear (Stephanie)

I have a mug that I drink coffee in every morning. It is the perfect size, the handle is sturdy, and in white letters with a pink background, it says "Mama Bear". I ordered it almost 2 years ago when we first got to the ship. It was a time when I needed to advocate for one of my boys in a big way. I felt the Lord guiding me and giving me discernment for when to allow other people to lead my son and when I needed to stand up as a Mama Bear. I love that mug!

In January I met our precious Crainiofacial patients in screening. They were born with abnormalities in their skulls/face. Four of our 14 cranial facial patients were born with part of their brain, fluid, or meninges outside of their skulls.

I have gotten to know the 4 patients very well. They all have had ups and downs. Two of our patients have had some complications and have spent the majority of 10 weeks post op in D-Ward.

Zanaib (Zaza) was barely 4 months old when she had her first surgery. She was tiny, frail, and had a large sac of fluid and brain tissue protruding out the back of her skull. Her mama came here from Sierra Leone to save her child's life. She has loved her baby so well. 

Zaza and Mama
I have watched her take the good news with smiles and 'thank God". And the bad news with a bit of mama bear protection. She has watched me draw blood from her baby and do so many necessary things to her baby that caused baby Zaza pain or discomfort. As a mom myself, I get it!! At times she would be visibly upset at the discomfort I was causing her. When things are settled and her baby is doing well she smiles shyly and plays sweetly with her now chunky 6 months old. 

Precious little girl!
Zaza needs your prayers! Her healing is not over. Please pray for her this week especially that the team would have discernment of exactly what to do next for this precious daughter of the King. 

Please remember Zaza in your prayers! Her healing is not over.

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