John and Bethany Arndt

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mom secretly leaves baby at 5am

January 22nd, 2012 by | Leave a comment

Dec 14th, my phone rang at 5am. It was the baby safe calling. If you don’t know what a baby safe is, its a devise installed in high risk baby dumping area. Someone can anonymously leave their baby there safely, as an alternative to discarding the baby secretly (www.thebabysafe.org).

Our local, original safe called Meehan as well, she was on call. She arrived at the safe within three minutes. We often have false alarms, people open the safe to look out of curiosity and it is so sensitive that it still calls us. As she peeked inside she was surprised to find a newborn baby boy. He appeared at least several days old from the looks of his umbilical chord.

With dark hair and big brown eyes, he appeared to have African features but its very hard to determine the race of a newborn baby. Many African babies are born light skinned and darken as they age. He could also be coloured (coloured is a non offensive term for a mixed race people group in South Africa).

This little boy was medically evaluated and was healthy and happy. Meehan and her husband are also a safety family, so they took him temporarily. Whomever is the first responder on our team, gets the honor of naming the abandoned baby.

His adoption process is well under way. We delight in the fact that whoever left him chose to give him life, even though he couldn’t be cared for by them. We pray for her heart to find comfort and peace. We also believe this little boy was spared and is set apart for a unique destiny.

Thanksgiving Baby

January 14th, 2012 by | Leave a comment

We started off giving thanks because we were celebrating the November American holiday; approximately 16 of us Americans had gathered to eat, drink, and be merry. The turkey was almost done but then the phone rang.

One of the local police departments had just been brought a newborn baby who was found in the bushes, could Baby Safe help? Always eager to receive so precious a life, Meehan, a staff member and fellow American preparing to feast was sent to the police to get the full story, confirm the baby’s health, and take her home for the weekend.

Dan & Meehan returned a couple hours later with the sweetest little chocolate skinned bundle. By the looks of her umbilical cord she was less than a week old. We named her Naomi Rae.  Naomi means “pleasant” and Naomi from the Bible, also lost her blood relatives but God gave her Ruth and Ruth CHOSE to be her family. Rae means “wise protection.”

We gave thanks that she was indeed protected and found in time. She is now in process to be adopted.

photo altered to protect her identity.

 

DIY Adoption Baby Shower.

January 4th, 2012 by | Leave a comment

the husband assitant was a jolly good help.

Surprise! Happy Baby Shower! Is that beer in your arms?

Tizri Sparrow is a child of promise. He says "New Beginnings" over her & God is her banner.

 

All photos are a courtesy of acclaimed commercial photographer Paula Watts – AKA – acclaimed Zambian bush missionary – www.paulawattsphoto.com