Saturday, August 18, 2007

Thanks to all who prayed for
Jeremy while he was in Nicaragua from August 7th through the 14th.

Besides being involved in construction, the team ministered at a Vacation Bible school for the kids.

A carload of school supplies was also donated for their education.

Check out the two slideshows below!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Too young or too little to survive?
What if she were aborted?

Pint-sized preemie headed home
Home News Tribune Online 08/18/07

TRENTON — After almost four months of waiting, Tamera Dixon, who
weighed less than a soda can when she was born on April 25, is ready
to head home.

Believed to be one of the smallest babies ever born in New Jersey, the
Trenton preemie has spent most of her life in an incubator.

Tamera weighed slightly more than 11 ounces and measured 10 inches
when she was born after only 6 months in the womb. Now that she's
4 pounds, 8 ounces, doctors have given her the OK to go home with
her parents.

She was scheduled to leave the hospital Friday, but after the excitement
of a news conference, hospital officials said she'll most likely head home

"It is a miracle, she is a miracle," her mother, Andrea Haws, said with a
bright smile Friday as she held the baby girl she'd prayed for.

"From when she was born, I think everyone knew she was a fighter,"
she said. "She's going to be a feisty little girl."

Tamera was delivered by Caesarean section at 25 weeks — 15 weeks
short of a normal gestation period. Haws had already experienced
complications during her pregnancy, but when her kidneys started
failing and Tamera stopped growing, doctors decided they couldn't
wait any longer to deliver her.

Haws, 40, recovered, but still spent most of her time at Capital
Health System's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit visiting a child who
she said at one point "didn't look like a human being."

That's all changed for Tamera, who would have been about a week
old on Friday had she arrived near her due date. While being fed on
Thursday, the pink onesie-wearing bundle of energy wriggled in a nurse's
arm and looked around the room attentively — her size the only sign of
her past troubles.

Dr. Stephen Moffitt, Tamera's doctor, said he's cautiously optimistic
that she'll develop normally.

"She's breathing perfectly well on her own," said Moffitt, adding that
doctors gave Tamera a 10 to 15 percent chance of survival before she
was born.

Seeing Tamera transform into the bright-eyed center of
attention at
the NICU has been very exciting, Haws said.

She credits the hospital and her faith in God for helping
her through the hard times.

"To see an 11 ounce-baby, you wouldn't believe what it looked like," said
Haws, who moved to Trenton from Jamaica a few years ago. "It was just
skin and bones. She had all those wires all over and it was very scary."

Haws, who already has two boys, ages 11 and 7, with her husband, Terry
Dixon, is enrolled in a family support program at the hospital.
Christy Keppel, a family support specialist with the March of Dimes who
works at Capital Health System, said it's rare for babies who are born
Tamera's size to survive and go home without complications. She's been
working with Haws to let her know what to expect when she brings
Tamera home. As part of that program, Haws spent Thursday night
at the hospital alone with her baby.

"It gives them a chance to make sure that they're fully prepared to
take the baby home," Keppel said.

Haws said she's nervous because Tamera is so small, but after praying
for a girl and then waiting more than a month to even hold her, she's
more excited to be able to take care of her baby. She has overcome
all her obstacles," Haws said. "I'm very excited to bring her home."


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Amillia Taylor was born five months early and weighed only 10 ounces.

Now Amillia is a healthy bumbling 9-month-old baby.

Smallest Premature Baby Beats the Odds


Amillia Taylor captured hearts across America when she was born one
of the world's smallest premature babies, weighing just ten ounces after
being delivered five months early.

At just 9.5 inches long, she was roughly the same length as a ballpoint
pen. Her skin was paper thin and practically transparent, and her
tiny feet were half the size of an adult's finger.

But after 4 months in a Miami hospital's intensive care unit -
surrounded by the love of her family and a huge staff of doctors and
nurses - Amillia was healthy enough to go home.

Now 9 months old, the one time teeny preemie is a beautiful bouncing
bundle of joy weighing in at 14 pounds!

Like other infants her age, Amillia likes to play with her toys, eat and
get lots of love and attention from her adoring family.

Amillia still has to undergo unpleasant physical therapy to help her
catch up on developmental deficiencies as a result of being born
premature. Physically she's more like a four-month-old than a

But for her dad Eddie and mom Sonja, it's a very small setback for
their once tiny miracle baby. "Looking back now I know how sick
he was but she is healthy now and perfect fat and happy," her
mom Sonja said.

Sonja was only pregnant with Amillia for 21 weeks before she
was born. The normal survival rate for 21-week-old premature
babies is zero percent.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dear Gateway friends,

A former volunteer has alerted us to a need for prayer, writing:

"This is a request for prayer for Cheryl Impagliatelli's sister June.

(Cheryl is a former Archway-Gateway volunteer counselor and a supporter of the ministry).

Cheryl's sister, June was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. Just yesterday the doctor called to say that a test was showing an abnormality in the ovaries.

Wednesday they should have the test results for the lungs.

Please join with me in prayer regarding:
  • June's health and relationship with Jesus
  • for Cheryl to have the strength now and in the future to be a blessing to her sister and family

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