Eman - The Begining of a Transformation

Sherry just returned from Ethiopia and this is one of the many God stories she has to share about a young Muslim woman and her baby. Today we are going to share about Sherry's first encounter with Eman. Keep checking back to read more.

A beautiful young woman!  What a privilege it is to meet her face to face.  She came running to our compound full of smiles, knowing I was there.  Rekik introduced us and reminded me she is the new mother with a 5 month old baby boy.  I immediately asked her where her baby was and she said her sister is taking care of him at home.

Eman just put her baby boy on our Transformation Love waiting list for sponsor-ship.  She is so excited because a team from Kentucky is coming to visit her home and her baby. 
She came to our compound to show us where she lives, so we jumped into the car.  She gave us directions to her home and we quickly realized she lives very far away.  What a great time for me to get to know her better, so I started to ask her questions about her life (Rekik translated for me).  She was so happy to answer all of my questions. 
Eman is married, has one baby boy and is a very proud mom!  She loves her baby boy so much!  Her husband worked as a night guard and has quit his job so he can take care of Eman and their baby boy.  Eman told me with tears running down her face that she is very ill with a blood cancer.  She is taking 4 pills a day that makes her very sick and tired.  She is to take these 4 pills every night before she goes to bed with some type of protein.  However, they cannot afford to buy protein for her.   Friends and family are helping them out right now and they are barely surviving. 
She just had surgery a month ago and had to stay in the hospital for 3 weeks due to her incision wouldn’t heal because of the cancer.  She is still in a lot of pain from the surgery.  The doctors have told her there is nothing they can do for her and that she will eventually die from this cancer, which she has had for three years already. 
She wants to see her baby boy grow up and become a man someday, but she knows that is not going to happen.  Eman tells her baby boy that she loves him.  She tells him that someday Mommy is going to leave him and he won’t remember her, but she loves him so much.  The doctors told her that she should never have a child, but it happened.  Eman is so happy that her baby is healthy and doesn’t have her disease.  Then she broke down and just cried and cried and cried.  I scooted over in my seat and wrapped my arms around her and just held her tight. 
I looked up to the sky through the back window of the car and just asked God, “What do you want me to do, God?  I have no idea what to say or do.  Please God, use me to share the love of Jesus with her.  Holy Spirit, guide my words.  Give me the wisdom and the knowledge on what to say to her.  Give me the strength and courage to be your vessel, Lord.  May she come to know you, Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.  And God, if it is your will, please heal this beautiful woman from this awful disease.  Just lay your healing hands on her, Jesus, and bring her back to good health.  I pray this in your precious and Holy Name, Jesus.  Amen.”  I held her the rest of the way to her home as she laid her head on my shoulder. 
We finally arrived at her home and she invited us in to meet her baby. She brought him out to us and handed him to me.  What an adorable little boy he is!  He looked at me very curiously because I am so white, I think, but he didn’t cry.  I played with him and then gave him back to his mom because he felt safer there in her arms. Eman cannot breastfeed her baby because of this cancer.  She has no money to buy formula for her son.  Her baby has a rash all over his body because she was feeding him mashed up food and he had an allergic reaction from it.  He cries a lot because he is so hungry.  I gave her 300 birr to buy two cans of formula for him.  
I then asked Rekik to ask her if I could pray for her and Rekik said, “You can’t do that because she is Muslim.”  I told her to just ask her.  Rekik asked and Eman said yes!  So I laid my hands on her shoulders and bowed my head and Eman quickly asked Rekik, “Wait, what is she praying for?”  Rekik told her I was going to pray for God to heal her and she agreed, so I prayed for God to completely heal this beautiful woman from this cancer.   She cried and thanked me.  I held her and hugged her and kissed her on the cheek and told her that I love her, but God loves her even more.
Rekik invited her to all of the activities that are going on in the compound with the team that is coming.  We told her that her baby would be sponsored before the team leaves and invited her to our meeting tomorrow.  She told us she would be there tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.  We said goodbye and walked back to the car and started to drive away.  I looked back and Eman was waving and full of smiles again.  I waved back as we drove away.
Feeling all kinds of emotions, sad, broken hearted, happy, excited and some anxiety, I thanked God for this hour of love He has shown me with a beautiful woman and new friend.  I can honestly say I love her so much.  I can’t wait to see her tomorrow!  I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in her life!   I can’t wait to celebrate with her when we find out that God has healed her completely. 
Thank you Jesus for this amazing day!  I can’t wait to tell you more about tomorrow!
Many Blessings,