Thursday, December 29, 2011

All Choked Up

We had our first scare this evening. I fell asleep studying language and had probably been down for about an hour when I was suddenly awakened by Caleb screaming "She's choking! She's choking!". I kept up as quick as I could and ran into the kitchen just as Kerri was turning Gracyn around to give her the heimlich maneuver (don't know if I spelled that correctly).

As she squeezed, I prayed over and over. Apparently Gracyn swallowed a bone from a small fish she was eating and it was stuck and obstructing her breathing. After a few long minutes, which seemed like an eternity, the bone was dislodged and Gracyn swallowed it - ending our first Chikankata scare.

As all of this happened, I found myself contemplating all of our alternatives (which were few) if things took a turn for the worse. I was suddenly reminded (once again) of how dependent we are on the Lord and on the prayers which you offer up on our behalf. So, with that in mind, please remember to pray for us regularly as we pursue His calling here in Zambia.


Cliff Ridge Colony said...

I choked on a piece of beef stew at Lizard's Thicket last year. THe waitresses left the room and nobody helped. I tried drinking tea and it just poured out of my mouth to the table. I finally gave myself the heimlich maneuver on back of the booth. I realized in the midst of this, that if I lost my cool I would die. Thank God for his presence. I'm so thankful that everything turned out good for you guys. We'll step up our prayers for you and your families safety. We love you guys.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that she is ok. I think about and pray for you guys often.

Christy said...

Oh my word.

I felt like, as I read this, I could almost hear God whispering to me, "You know, you're just as dependant on My grace, even with your big city and fancy hospitals."

Jeff, Kimberly, & Zachary said...

Wow! Praise the Lord for His mercies!