Birte and Toran rejoiced, grateful for this blessing and the prayers of their new Gospel for Asia (GFA) church family, continued to put their trust in Jesus.
The faces of 32-year-old Birte and her husband, Toran, bore fear and worry. News of Birte’s pregnancy should have brought excitement, but the past haunted them. Birte had already given birth to five stillborn babies. Would this pregnancy be any different?
To ensure the birth of a healthy baby, Birte and Toran had visited various doctors for medical treatment, made vows to their traditional deities and spent money the couple needed for their basic survival. But their efforts continually resulted in stillborn children, and they despaired. Neighbors and family members ridiculed and shunned the couple for their lack of children and their “bad luck.”
The weight of their scorn and disappointment pressed on Birte and Toran as they approached this sixth pregnancy with caution and great care. Still, they held a sliver of hope.
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