Just in Time

emergency situation It was a few minutes to midnight, and I was fast asleep when my phone rang. I sluggishly reached out for it, wondering to myself what intentions the caller had at such an hour.

It was a friend who lived a few kilometers from our residence. I could hardly hear the message because she was sobbing heavily. My husband and I quickly rushed to her house, and by the time we arrived, she was crying uncontrollably. Her one-month-old baby was lying limp on her lap.

We quickly picked up the baby and, together with the mother, rushed to the nearest hospital, which is run by missionaries. I remember holding the baby in my arms and pleading with God to preserve her life.

She was diagnosed with severe dehydration; quickly an intravenous fluid drip was fixed to rehydrate her. By God’s grace, she started regaining consciousness and eventually recovered in a week’s time. But suppose we ignored the phone call—the baby would have probably died, yet it was in our ability to help.

This baby constantly reminds me of the many children we serve in this ministry. Their lives, hopes, and dreams are quickly fading due to spiritual, physical, social, and economic poverty.

Our timely interventions serve to reverse their hopeless situations and place them on a path full of light and hope. Failure to promptly intervene for these needy children would probably mean the end of their destiny, yet we have what it takes to help.

We are a team focused on one goal: to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Let us therefore unite in spirit and purpose to accomplish this goal.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. —Proverbs 3:27, NLT

Prayer: Oh, God, let your love flow through each one of us, enabling us to unite and serve your children with diligence and promptness. For such a time as this you have appointed us.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catherine Wamiti works as a Health Specialist for Compassion Kenya.

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  1. Eugene Situma August 30, 2018

    Thank you Cate for sharing this. Indeed it remains relevant and encourages on the need and urgency to respond to Gods call as we intervene in the lives of children and youth to HIS glory and honor. We truly are the hands and feet of Jesus on this side of heaven.

  2. Cate Wamiti August 29, 2018

    This is wonderful, written 6 years ago and the message is relevant today as it was then. This is a good reminder for me serve even more diligently. I thank God that baby has grown to be a beautiful girl now in grade 3, all to the glory of God!

  3. Magdalene Nderumaki August 15, 2018

    It is real touching, May the Lord help us to respond quickly as the needs arise.

    Bless you sister.

    1. Cate Wamiti August 29, 2018

      Thanks Magda. I bless God.

  4. Zewdu Zegeye, PF August 7, 2018

    God is always with those who say here I am send me. Thank you for saying YES for the call of God to save the babe.
    Worth to share and start my daily task with this in spirit and mind.

    1. Cate Wamiti August 29, 2018

      Amen Zewdu!

  5. Sarah Mwamburi August 3, 2018

    Wow this is great Sharing Catherine. we should always be ready to help beyond our comfort zone. great learning and reminder to all of us

  6. Kim @ Stuff could…. December 20, 2012

    This reminds me of how we can help those in need….we have so much
    Thankful you helped that baby

    1. Cate Wamiti August 29, 2018

      Thanks Kim. It was worth it.

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