Lord Have Mercy {update}

Update 7/10/12: Mercy received her medical visa!!!!!!! Update: 4/5/12 We JUST heard that Mercy’s case will go before the board of Surgical Doctors at Black Lion Hospital on FRIDAY for the final decision. Our friend in Addis Ababa, Dr. Ridwan feels very positive that …. this is it!!!! Pray BIG for mercy & a medical visa approval!! We have prayed circles around Mercy for over a year. “If you do pray, all bets are off. You can live with holy anticipation because you never know how or when or where God is going to answer, but I promise you this: He WILL ANSWER!! If you’re willing to dream BIG and pray HARD and think LONG, you might just bring kings to their knees and shut the mouths of lions” -The Circle Maker

Update: 12/23/11  we are starting the campaign OPERATION: MERCY to bring Mercy here for medical treatment as soon as she receives her medical visa approval. Please join us praying for Mercy and that the process of getting her passport (done) and medical visa will be expedited. I will update here on My Crazy Adoption as we move forward. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown Mercy. (Matthew 5:70)

[Post: March 8, 2011] I want today’s post to testify God’s mercy in Ethiopia.  I want every word to honor and respect and give all glory to the great Healer.  The first thing that seared through my heart was a mother’s pain.  What great lengths would I go through to seek help for my daughters?  I love Hannah and Zoie with all my heart and I would give my life for them.  I looked into the eyes of this desperate mother (Mulu) asking me to come to her home and pray for her sick daughter.  I saw faith, fear, and hope in her eyes.  I quickly grabbed a few girls on my team and told them to come with me to pray for this mother’s daughter.  She held my hand and told me her daughter, Mercy was very sick and needed healing.  Mercy was waiting for a miracle.

We entered the tiny house, only room for a bed.  Mercy was on her side and completely still.  I had no idea why she was sick or if she was even conscience.  I put my hand on her back and there was not a single movement.  She was dead still.  I felt fear prickling on my skin, but God immediately filled the space with His mighty power.  We laid hands on sweet Mercy and prayed for her healing.  I don’t remember any of the words we prayed, but I can only describe the moment as supernatural.  I could feel His presence.  I could feel His power.  God was pouring His love through us straight into Mercy.

God stirred our hearts to sing.  My precious friend, Katie had our song “Healer” on her video camera from the previous day at Fistula Hospital and we played the song over Mercy.  I will never forget our five voices filling up the tiny space with words of Healing.  There is truly no words to express what happened that day in Korah.  In obedience, we followed a mother to her home with great faith, but in return witnessed an act of Mercy.

We walked back to the Korah Shelter and joined the team with preparing lunch.  I had no idea if Mercy was going to make it today- her circumstances seemed so dire. Now, thinking back I have no idea why we didn’t scoop Mercy up in our arms and drive her to the clinic. We prayed for her, but was that enough? Thank you God for loving me and working through me despite my lack of faith.

I love reading the passages in the Bible about God healing the sick.  In Matthew 8: 5-13 and Luke 17: 11-19, both stories celebrate healing and great faith.  Jesus healed the 10 lepers and today we were feeding lunch to 10 men with leprosy.  Ministering in Korah literally feels like  stepping back in the Bible… it brings all your senses alive.  You see, hear, taste, feel, and touch His miracles in every direction.

I will never forget hearing my name yelled across the shelter, “Kari, it’s Mercy!”  I ran out and standing in front of me was Mercy and her mother, Mulu.  Mercy looked radiant.  Her hair was wrapped in the bright blue silk scarf I had left for her.  I ran around and told the team to come and worship- celebrate with us a true miracle.  I witnessed a healing in Korah.

We circled Mercy and Mulu and prayed a special blessing over this precious 15 year old girl.  We prayed a future for her.  Mercy’s mother shared her remarkable story with our team and we testify that God healed her body on February 25th, 2011.  Mercy had been sick in bed for over five months, unable to go to school or sing at church.  We hugged, cried, and celebrated her day of victory.  God quietly spoke to my heart and I gave her the ring I had brought to give to Zoie’s birthmother, if we found her.  Instead, I gave it to Mercy as her healing marker… something special she will always have to remember that God healed her body.  The next two days, Mercy came to the shelter dressed in her school uniform and made sure we knew she was feeling strong.  I will never forget God’s merciful, miraculous day in Korah.  Sweet Mercy, you have changed my life.  Thank you for trusting us to come in your home and pray for you.  Thank you for holding my hand when we bought you your special celebration outfit at the market.  You looked so beautiful in your new clothes and shoes.  You are my hero and I love you.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Please leave Mercy a special blessing prayer today in the comments.

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  • 1
    Ann Terese Brandt says:

    Wow Kari! What a powerful blessing that the Lord allowed you to see and be a part of! Thank you for sharing Mercy's story, as it encourages me and strengthens my faith here. Prayers and love to Mercy and her mother!

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    Tracy says:

    Reading about Mercy and God's healing power brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for reminding me to be obedient to God's calling and not be fearful or doubtful of how he can use us to demonstrate his love. Thanks for sharing so much!

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    Jennifer Campbell says:

    Wow. What an amazing privelege for your group to witness God's moving and God performing a miracle!

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    Lisa Lytle says:

    Praise God! Thank you for sharing this miracle with all of us.

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    Kelly Manges says:

    Praise you Jesus for your gift of healing!

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    Margie says:

    Kari, what a beautiful story of God’s healing power!! Mercy is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. Can’t wait to hear about how God will use her in the future!!! Thank you for going!!

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    candy says:

    weeping- praising God for your faithfulness. xxoo, candy

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    Karen Windon says:

    Amazing. How often we don't heed God's call and then regret our lack of action. So thrilled that you got to witness our miraculous God in action. Mercy, know that you are in many hearts and prayers. Such a witness you have to share about God's abundant power and love! Wishing you a life of joy!

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    Kim says:

    Crying tears of joy for you Mercy!!! You are a beautiful girl whom GOD has poured his love over. Praying that he continues to stay close to you and you to him all the days of your life. We are praying for you and your mother!!!

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    Becky says:

    Tears of amazement and joy! I m getting ready to go to church – today I offer it up for Mercy, her mother, and you/your team. Thank you for sharing, and for your work.

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    Julie says:

    You are such a treasure! Our God is Mighty to Save! He has not forgotten you. He has not forgotten your people. He upholds you with HIS mighty right hand. He hides you in the shadow of His wings. Keep your focus on Him and allow Him to do a mighty work in you.

    Blessings and Love to you!

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    Julie says:

    I have to say that when we came back from Ethiopia, we said THOSE VERY WORDS, it was like being in bible times. And, I have said…I saw what I saw and I can't forget it SO MANY TIMES since returning. Processing all of the raw emotions was and has been so difficult since returning, but my hubby and I are praying and simply allowing God to have his way in our lives. Don't know if you've heard the new Josh Wilson song…I REFUSE…but that's our family's newest song. Love what you're doing. Thanks for sharing your heart.

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    Amanda says:

    You are precious and beautiful! You are so LOVED! Our God is so mighty and his arms are wrapped around you. He has BIG plans for you. I may be far away from you, on the other side of the world, but I love you and I am lifting you up to the Father. I am praising and thanking God for you. Believe in yourself, Mercy, but more importantly believe in Him in you!

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    Jenn says:

    THANK YOU for sharing this amazing, heart filling story! I feel bleesed just to have read this miracle! Mercy is an stunningly beautiful woman, and I too, will pray for her continued healing. As a Mother, it is your worst fear to see a grave situation for your child, and to have that great faith in knowing it is not in our hands, but in God's, can be so hard sometimes. Thank you for what you do, and please, give Mercy and her Mother a big hug from me!

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    16 nisan ehliyet sonuçları…

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    Susan Longley says:

    I just launched a funding campaign with Indiegogo to help me publish a book on adoption.  Please go to http://igg.me/p/115418?a=460214 and leave a comment with the link to your blog–I hope to attract lots of people who are interested in adoption.  I’d appreciate your sharing this link with others, too.  Thanks!

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