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Jayson Was Dying and Katie Prayed

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One of the things that I love most about the World Race is that it exposes racers to the world’s pain and gives them an opportunity to try and make a difference. Often, just loving and praying for those in pain helps a lot. But when racers decide to take initiative, as did Katie Swan, they ma…
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One of the things that I love most about the World Race is that it exposes racers to the world’s pain and gives them an opportunity to try and make a difference. Often, just loving and praying for those in pain helps a lot. But when racers decide to take initiative, as did Katie Swan, they make a huge difference. She tells a story of a baby who needed her care in this 2010 post

It has been an intense seven months since I left baby Jayson’s side. He
was still grossly underweight, hanging onto life with all of his
might, and in need of more than one miracle. I still remember the
physical struggle I encountered as I left his side. I’m not sure if
it was the sight of his sunken frame that brought more tears to my
eyes or the sight of his mother’s desperate eyes.

I wanted to assure her everything would be alright, that the surgery promised to her
would happen, and that she just needed to be patient. But I knew none of these mere words would mean anything to her until her Jaysonwas healed.

Well, he is. Jayson has had the surgery and is doing absolutely wonderful.

Here I am. Nothing special. A 27 year-old, six foot tall, Chicagoan
woman with a college degree. No beauty pageant winner. No superstar
or famous rock singer. No multimillionaire or self-proclaimed
genius. No Mother Theresa. Just Katie. And yet, because I believe
and follow someone so much greater than any of these fleeting titles,
I was able to witness a miracle first hand. A poor baby boy was
given his life. And I was able to be part of it.

I have been waiting for today. Praying, hoping and begging that one
day I would be able to write this blog. And I am practically jumping
out of my chair just thinking about it.

I first laid eyes on Jayson at a free medical clinic in a poor
Philippines village last March. His mom placed him in my arms and
fervently started pleading for his life. She clung to me as I
looked down at the starving child and begged that I would save his
life. She had spent the past month watching him whither away to mere
skin and bones and was desperate for a miracle. She was hoping that
I might be that miracle.

I might not have much to offer, but I definitely serve a God who does.
As we speak (or rather, I write and you read), Jayson is being cared
for by another team of World Racers who have just arrived in the
Philippines. He has been growing and gaining the necessary weight
these past few months and is now ready for surgery! They will be
bringing him to the doctor on October 2nd to work out the final
details for his surgery.

My eyes fill with tears as I recount the emotions I experience every time
I’ve been able to hold him while his motherlooks on in despair.
“Help my baby,” she has pleaded again and again.
“Yes, oh yes, I want to!” I respond while racking my brain as to what I could do.

How can I leave this land behind when there is such a great need lying
before me? How can I walk away while this mother sits by and watches
her baby die? How can I share the LOVE of Christ and not choose to
BE that love?

With this in mind, Billy and I made it our goal, our purpose, this last
week to save Jayson’s life. We pleaded with God that He would
provide a miracle. We were willing to do whatever it took. We were
on a mission.

We compiled a list of local hospitals, organizations and Filipino
contacts and decided to spend our first morning traveling around the
city in the hopes of an answer. We were going to exhaust every
option, turn over every rock, and tap every resource we could find
before we left this country. And that’s when God showed up-Big
time.

Before we had a chance to make one phone call, e-mail or house visit, God
answered all our prayers. Read the following response that was made
on the blog we wrote about Jayson.

Hi, This was sent to me by a colleague. I work with Operation Smile Inc,
and am currently in the Philippines having just finished a medical
mission in Cebu. Please get me the contact information for this
family including a phone number and name of village/city. We would
like to arrange to care for this child, free of charge.
Regards,
Jimmy Grotting
(the programs manager of Operation Smile Inc.)

What?!” But God, we didn’t even do anything yet! How did he find our random, insignificant little blog? How can all our hopes and dreams for this little boy be answered in one second? The needed surgery, free of charge, and done right here in the Philippines!

To say that we are reeling in shock would be a complete understatement.
To say that our God is GOOD doesn’t even begin to touch it. To watch
Jocelyn’s face (Jayson’s mom) when she was told the news…we’ll
never forget it. So join with us in rejoicing with Jayson and his
family for the life that has been saved!

Thank you Operation Smile. Thank you Blog readers. Thank you current World Race team. And THANK YOU GOD for saving this beautiful life. 


Who in your life is hurting? Is there anyone who especially needs your care? You can make a difference! Ask God to show you what you can do – test him in this. I believed he’ll help you as he did Katie and Bill Swan in caring for Jayson.

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