Dear Joseph and Susanna,
“We are so pleased to be able to pray for your new child and help with your bills. Isaiah 26:3 will be a precious verse for your family.”
“I will be praying for Verity’s healing, also for the whole family as it is a hard time. May God fill you with His peace and may this be a time to draw closer to Him. Know you are being prayed for.”
“We pray that He will accomplish His good purposes through her.”
“I pray that God’s hand is on her tiny body and that she lives to provide great joy to you in your old age.”
“My heart goes out to you during this difficult time when Verity is undergoing these medical problems. We have a huge God–an awesome God. I am praying for complete healing for Verity. I am also praying for you as well. We hurt when our children hurt. May God bless you with healing and give you peace as you rest in His love.”
“What a blessing a new baby is! We rejoice at her birth and commit her to the Lord. We pray that God will heal her and that she can grow to be strong and healthy!”
“Congratulations on little Verity. I pray the Lord will give you wisdom as you work with her situation and raise her. I pray she will grow to love Jesus as her Saviour. God bless! Isaiah 41:10.”
“Praying for you and asking God to heal little Verity and give you peace and rest as you care for her.”
“Rejoicing with you in the birth of sweet Verity and praying with you (very much) for her complete healing with no lasting effects. God is a great healer – what a precious truth!”
“Praying for your little girl. Be strong and courageous. God is with you.”
“We are so excited that God has blessed you with the birth of Verity Joy! We will be praying for her health, for her heart to turn to Jesus, and for your family.”
“With hope and prayers we send this $ help to you – also we pray that little Verity will be free from any future problems. Love to you.”
“We are praying for complete healing for your daughter Verity, and for our Lord to continue to take care of all your needs. Our Lord has provided all things for us and by faith we receive them.”
“Praise the Lord for the birth of your little girl. I think it is so great that the Lord knows about our children before we do and He loves them.”
“Praying that your precious gift from God is doing wonderfully after her rough entry into our world. Can’t imagine how stressed you both have been and are praying for you as well. Trust in the Lord with all your heart concerning Verity. She’s on His mind. He’ll take care of her.”
“First off, congratulations. Now begins 18 years of little sleep. I don’t have kids so no encouragement there but I can say you are the parents our world needs. Our Savior has provided us with everything we need and so much more. He has placed you right where you are and blessed you with a daughter you can invest godliness into. Use the time you have and revel in the thought that the God of the universe and heavens seeks right now to hold your family together. I pray that you will be the beacon of hope to lives all around you. I pray that God will bless you and keep you, and let his face shine upon you all the days of your life.
P. S. LOVE the name Verity.”
“I will be praying for Verity’s complete healing and that she will come to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior early in her life. May she be a joy and blessing to you.”
“I trust the Lord God will multiply this money to meet your need. We serve a wonderful God and a Savior who bore the stripes on His back for our healing. A Christian sister who knows and cares.”
“So sorry to hear of your baby girl’s heart condition. I can only imagine the concern you’re going through at this time. I had a similar condition years ago. Not like Verity though. Dr. Jesus had to replace my heart of stone with a heart of flesh. I’ve never been the same. I would encourage both of you to turn this situation over to Him and let your brothers and sisters in Christ take up this burden for you. I’ll commit to pray for Verity every day this month. One day you’ll share with her how she got off to a rough start but Jesus saw her through. May God bless you all.”
“I’m praying for you and your precious jewel sent from God.”
“I am happy to send this month’s contribution to you on behalf of your daughter, Verity.”
“What a hard thing, to watch one so precious struggle. I pray for help to surround you and that you’ll see and feel God’s love through the arms of others.”
“I am praying for your precious daughter, Verity, what a pretty name.”
“Thank you for allowing us to help with your medical needs.”
“Congratulations on your new arrival. I pray that in spite of your difficulties, that your JOY is full. I pray complete healing for Verity, in Jesus’ Name.”
“A new baby is such a wonderful blessing, enjoy every day.”
“I was asking God what I should write, and the one thing that came to my remembrance was, ‘Don’t worry about tomorrow, for God is already there.’ Know that this child Verity is very special in the eyes of our Lord. May He sustain and keep Verity in the palm of His hand always. And Lord, we pray for complete healing for Verity’s heart. We ask that You keep it tender and sensitive to You always. May Joseph and Susanna’s hearts also be tender and sensitive to You that You will show them how to minister to Verity and raise her up as a woman of God.”
“I pray that the Lord will bless and heal Verity’s heart problem. What a wonderful miracle Verity is. God bless you as you stand on His promises through our Lord Jesus!”
“I pray she will turn early in life to the Lord and she will be blessed.”
“I pray you will know the blessing and enablement of our precious Savior as you raise Verity for His glory.”
“Know that you are being lifted up to our Heavenly Father who wants to give you bread, not rocks! Verity is a very cool name!”
“Isaiah 41:13 – the Lord says, ‘I will help you!’”
“Nothing grips your heart so hard as to see a baby struggle. I pray and expect full recovery for little Verity, that she will grow strong and healthy and be raised as a Jesus girl. I’m sending a little extra, hope it will help with ALL the expense. God bless your family in Jesus’ MIGHTY Name.”
“I have prayed for Verity for healing and for both of you that you would always have a heart for God.”
“Praying for complete healing, strength to grow, and a heart to serve the Lord.”
“As a grandmother of 21, my heart and prayers go out for you. I praise God that Verity has parents that know Him. This is the passage that He has given me for you this day. Psalm 149: 4 & 5~’The LORD takes delight in HIS people; HE crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing from their beds with songs of joy.’ He is the great Healer–rest in Him.”
We don’t know a single one of our brothers and sisters in Christ from Samaritan Ministries who sent these and the literally hundreds of other notes we have received so far. And they don’t know us! They are sending us their monthly assigned share amount, and some have even sent a little more. Members are encouraged but not required to include a note. So every one we receive is precious beyond words, even if it is simply the word, “Praying,” written on the memo line of their check.
We started receiving these notes last month, but this month they are coming in by the hefty stack every day the U.S. mail delivers. What I recorded here are a few excerpts from a small percentage of the notes we have already received, and there are hundreds more to come this month and next.
Some folks wrote entire letters, some shared personal stories, a few wrote little notes to Verity herself. One lady was a nurse who said she knew what we were going through, and if we could spare the time someday, she would love to hear how Verity does in the future. One writer asked us if we knew such-and-such a lady who lives in our town, not knowing that her friend is our neighbor from across the street who is giving free art lessons to our daughters. One couple lives in a nearby town and stopped by one evening to drop off their check and meet our family. Amazing! We can hardly wait to see what the next day’s mail will bring!
We had decided to save every card and slip of paper in our Thanksgiving box, but the pile of cards outgrew the box in a few days’ time! When they are all in, we will take and post pictorial proof of this.
Words are not adequate to express what it means to us to see and hold these tangible expressions of a massive outpouring of prayer and blessing from Christians we have never met. All the months we have shared with other members, written them notes, prayed daily for them–we just did not know what it would be like to be in this place, to be the ones with a large need. We could not have known.
Back when we switched from having health insurance coverage to joining Samaritan Ministries, there were some in our local congregation who were concerned about our family.
“What if something really bad happens, and this ‘scheme’ doesn’t work? Who will be stuck with the bills then?”
Well, we were “covered” with health insurance from a major provider when the twins were born by C-section. After wrangling the provider for the “coverage” they finally agreed to, we were still left with so many bills that we were forced to refinance our mortgage. That bill now looks puny compared with this one!
We have had needs that are not shared by Samaritan, and we have seen God supply these every time, often using the gifts that some of you have given, both financially and materially. This was brought home to me again as I perused the most recent pictures of Verity that I posted here. Every item she wore except the little pink sweater was passed to us by one friend or another, and the sweater was found for mere pennies at a thrift store bag sale. Even that beautiful aqua afghan was given to us.
To top it off, last night I finally made it in to my midwife for my final postpartum checkup. (Yes, the checkup that usually takes place five or six weeks after a birth!) Once again, she is refusing to allow us to pay her anything for all her above-and-beyond prenatal and postpartum care.
“You don’t owe me anything,” she said, with a twinkle in her eye. “I got to deliver your baby, and that’s enough payment for me.”
If you’ve been out on a clear night recently, have you wondered about an unexplained rosy glow on the horizon? It’s probably coming from our house. Yes, it is true that many days it feels like we are in a garlic press, being painfully squeezed from many directions at once. And what naturally flows from our human selves is complaining rather than rejoicing. But our hearts’ desire is that our great God would be pleased to bring forth praise to Himself from this family!
“Praise the LORD, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for He has done excellent things. This is known in all the earth.”