This morning Michele got a call that neither of us ever expected we would get. It was from Pat Longanecker, a woman from our church who is involved in the ministry at the local Federal women’s prison – actually her husband is a chaplain at the prison. Recently, the ministry at the prison has taken off. Many of the women at the prison have made decisions for Christ.
Anyways, Pat calls Michele this morning and explains that one of the women at the prison came to talk to her yesterday. She is a lady who has come to faith a few years ago. She has the gift of prophecy and has said many things that have come true about people around her and in our church. She told Pat, “There are two Chinese girls at your church who have been adopted. They have some issues with their mouth that are being fixed. They have problems sleeping. One of the girls is named Quinn. You need to go over to their house, anoint them with oil and pray over them. ”
Wow!! None of us has ever been over to the prison before, and this woman described our girls down to a T. Anyways, this woman continued to tell Pat, “You also need to tell them and their parents this: God is pleased with them for adopting these two girls and bringing them into their home. Someday these girls will go back to share Jesus’ love with others.”
She then went on to give us some practical advice about our girls sleeping issues!! “To help them sleep better, tell their parents to hold them, swaddle them, and sing to them as much as possible. Do this a much as possible, even when they aren’t frustrated. Swaddle them with a blanket. Eventually, they will come to them with their blankets when they need it. The girls weren’t swaddled when they were infants and they have missed that.” Then the woman started singing Jesus Loves Me, which is the very song I sing to girls almost every night as I tuck them in.
Now, how cool is that. A woman we have never met, hears a word from God to tell us our girls will be going back to China to share Jesus’s love and hope with others. She didn’t say if it was short term or long term. And then she goes on to give us advice about one of the biggest issues we have faced with Quinn and Jenna. Something that we and many of our friends have prayed for as well. Well, I can tell you that Quinn and Jenna are both swaddled up in a blanket tonight. Michele also did it during their afternoon nap today. When she woke them up after their nap Jenna was still tightly swaddled and didn’t want to come out. Michele carried her downstairs with her blanket and it took Jenna quite a while before she was finally willing to part with her blanket.