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Running well
Ran the Cat Power 5K this morning in 22:53 = 7:23 pace. Pretty happy about that, considering I just started running in January. If I can hold a 7:30 pace for the Steamboat 4mi next month, I'll be even happier. Thinking about running the Indy half marathon next year.

Last Friday I got back in email contact with Ed & Denise Aulie, missionaries in Puebla/Veracruz whom I worked with for a few years in a previous life. I found out that, last week, Ed was approached in Texhuacan by a Nahuatl man (poor, marginalized, illiterate, barely even speaks Spanish, etc.) whose wife had just died in childbirth. The village clinic told them that the mother died of tuberculosis, and that the baby (who was born at 3 lbs) had TB and HIV. So now this illiterate subsistence farmer was asking for help with the baby. So Ed, naturally, says, "We'll take her." I mean, that's what you would say, right?

So Ed's driving home, calls Denise from a payphone to say he'll be home in a couple hours, and oh by the way, I have a HIV+ newborn with me, so start making preparations.

I'm reading Denise's email thinking, Wow, I forgot that people like this exist in the world. I used to live and work with these people, and they did stuff like this all the time. (Their eldest daughter Grace, now in her late-twenties, married and living in Portland, is a Ch'ol (Mayan) girl they adopted under similar circumstances.) On top of their already double- and triple-booked schedule.

They decided to get labs drawn in the city, and if the baby was in fact disease-free, the only "just and right" course would be to give her up for adoption to an appropriate couple, but that if it was HIV+, they would keep her "until the end." Labs were done a week later, and came back negative for both TB and HIV, so they arranged to have the baby adopted by a dear friend of mine, Maria Elena, whom I had worked with in that village for 2 yrs. She's amazing; I had seriously considered asking her to marry me. She's married to a Mexican pastor now, and they've been unable to have children... it's all truly divinely orchestrated. That baby couldn't be in better hands.

These are people that are running to win the race that is set before them, and in so doing have experienced the power and presence of God, in a real and on-going way across the decades of their lives. I'm so proud of them, and so encouraged by them. I hope you are too.

Here are some pictures:

The father, talking to Ed in the village about what to do

Improvised baby carseat

Maria Elena, husband Mario, and their new baby

after signing papers in the city

an exhausted Ed, final morning with baby

Current Location: home
Current Mood: impressed impressed

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zelxyb From: zelxyb Date: May 19th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome story.
sjepearson03 From: sjepearson03 Date: May 20th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)


Thanks for posting this Dave. I stare at this baby thinking, "What on earth does God have planned for you little one?" How precious and Moses-like.
rayvaillancourt From: rayvaillancourt Date: May 20th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I weep (literally) for the father.

What must he have been going through to lose his wife and give up his baby? The sense of loss, inadequacy, fear, and guilt must be overwhelming.

But what trust and humility!
dearliza From: dearliza Date: May 20th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I want to be able to look back at my life and know that I lived that way too.
restoration86 From: restoration86 Date: May 21st, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
what an inspiring story. Why did the clinic tell the father that the baby was HIV+ and had TB? What was their purpose in that? Or did they just honestly think that she was?
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: May 22nd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, they thought she was. (I assume the mother was HIV+ and the TB was secondary to that.) That clinic doesn't (or at least didn't when I was there) have a full-time doctor or anything.
rockyrockstar From: rockyrockstar Date: May 22nd, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
your story made it into my sermon ;)
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