An aunt of one of our workers who is a friend of mine has been unable to have children. She and her husband have tried for many years. To not have children is very shameful here. Children are your heritage, your social security, and really a testament to your worth as a person. So to not have children is a great and difficult issue.
On Christmas day in a village away from Koutiala a woman gave birth to a premature baby boy. A little while later, unfortunately, the woman died. The neigher of the father brought the baby to us to take care of. I immediately thought of our friend who was wanting a child. We brought the father in to make sure he in fact does not want the child (he has 5 other children to take care of) and will not ever want the child. The formal adoption is in process but our friend now has her best Christmas gift ever- a baby!
She named him Emmanuel Brett. :) My heart rejoices that God made a way for her to have a child when she could not. As she told me just today, "It is as if he came from my own body. I love him so much!"