It was a week after my due date and with each passing day, we were becoming increasingly more nervous that Isaiah would not arrive before Jesse’s mother had to leave to go back to the states. Even though we enjoyed her company, we really needed her to watch Rebecca during the birth as we had planned months ago. We didn’t even know what to pray. We could pray that God would make him hurry up but what if he wasn’t ready? What if God had a certain date he destined for Isaiah to be born? We went to the airline to try and change her ticket to a later date, and there wasn’t one available seat until January 27th unless we paid $2,000! We contemplated inducing the birth but that didn’t seem right either. We just decided that we needed to trust God, however the situation was going to work out. Proverbs 3:5 became so real to me during that week: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”

          It was down to the wire - just a few days remaining - and I was on the phone with my midwife. After she heard the situation, I was surprised that she suggested inducing the birth. She explained that it would be no problem to induce at 10 days overdue and for the first time, we actually had peace with a solution. Even though the situation wasn’t ideal, we let God meet us where our faith was at, and we expected a wonderful delivery and healthy baby.

          On Friday morning I woke up to painful contractions at 3am. I couldn’t believe it. Every night for weeks I had contractions as I went to sleep but by morning they were gone. This time labor was starting for real! We arrived at the clinic at 12pm as scheduled and I was induced to help things along. The midwife left the room and went to see other clients in her office, assuming she had some time before hard labor would begin. Isaiah was born in less than 4 hours (thank God) and the midwife barely made it there in time to deliver him! I felt God’s strength and presence through the whole labor and Isaiah was born in perfect condition. Thank you so much to those who prayed over all this!!! Mrs. Krenz came with Rebecca the next day to see him and we left the birthing center and literally headed straight to the airport to drop her off. 

         Ministry is continuing back in Zambia through one of our Zambian interpreters named Fred. He’s been dodging the rains while visiting the villages we have worked in this year, holding Bible studies and prayer meetings. We were shocked when we read his report that 55 people attended a prayer meeting he held from 9pm to 5am! Jesse can’t wait until we get back in a few weeks so he can start visiting the people again. We are just waiting to get Isaiah’s passport before we leave. What a wonderful year of blessings, miracles, and spiritual growth! Looking forward to next year as we all go from glory to glory!

All For His Glory,

Jesse and Heather Krenz

Rebecca and Jesse's mom petting baby tigers


Aunt Sandy
01/02/2013 04:32

What a joy to see your pictures and see God's love surrounding you w/your brand new Isaiah! I love the pictures of Rebecca holding her baby brother:-) God bless you all as you continue to live for Him there in Africa! Love and prayers, Aunt Sandy


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