Georgia church ‘adopts’ Nigerian quadruplets — and their parents (updated)
I’m always amused — and delighted — when one of my international contacts alerts me to a good news story taking place right here in the United States.
That’s what happened just a few days before I left on my two-week reporting trip to southern Africa. Ibrahim Rambi, a minister for the Kado-Abuja Church of Christ in Abuja, Nigeria, sent me a Facebook message saying that a member of the congregation — Ose Ehimare — had just given birth to quadruplets in Atlanta.
I wrote him back and asked how I could get in touch with the family. He sent me the phone number of Brent Wiseman, a member of the Northlake Church of Christ in Tucker, Ga. (Yes, I sent an e-mail across the Atlantic Ocean to get the phone number of a guy in Atlanta.)
I got in touch with Brent, who told me that he and fellow members of the Northlake church had adopted Ose and her four beautiful babies — three girls and a boy. The father, Aburime, had just arrived from Nigeria. As I packed for my own Africa trek, I asked Brent to keep me posted.
While I was away, Brent sent me an e-mail with some photos of the happy family.
So, without further delay, I’d like to introduce you to Alyssa, Valencia, Noah and Bibiana, born July 28 at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. The Ehimares also have a 4-year-old daughter, so their family has grown from three to seven.
“The babies remain in the neonatal unit, but they are all growing and healthy (praise God!) and should be discharged by the end of the month,” Brent told me. This past Sunday, Northlake members hosted a baby shower for the family, he added, “and the church is eagerly anticipating assisting the family through the first few weeks.”
A group of about five women from the Northlake church has coordinated an effort to provide around-the-clock support for the quads — and the task has involved “dozens and dozens” of people, Brent said.
FeedbackThank you for this story. Using the words of another church member, this is an incredibly courageous and faithful family. They have blessed Northlake in ways we are just beginning to understand.Denise JohnsonAugust, 20 2010so beautiful!!!!!!!!!Deborah SytnikAugust, 20 2010We praise God for his mercies and thank the saints at Northlake for being kind hearted.RambiAugust, 20 2010would like to donate some handmade items….should I send them to the church address? God bless you all!Sharon TrouteAugust, 20 2010I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!! God bless you all!!! and, please keep us updated on their lives…Sharon Shipley TrouteAugust, 20 2010My wife and I am grateful to God for His infinite blessings on us. And we want to thank, in a special way, the brethren at Northlake church of Christ for accepting us into their midst. Since we met them, it has been an amazing tale of sweet communion and fellowship. They have provided all our immediate needs and they have never let us walk alone.
The kids are doing great. To GOD be the glory.
ose & aburimeaburimeAugust, 20 2010thank you for this story. we look forward to being able to give back to the church someday because their love has been overwhelming. My husband and I have learnt more about what LOVE truly is from this congregation and we hope to share same love with others that may come our way. This congregation has made me a very happy mother.
God bless u all.
oseoseAugust, 20 2010I’ve updated this post with a link to a blog church members set up for the quads. Sharon, I think that sending the items to the church building is the best idea. The mailing address is: Northlake Church of Christ, 1625 Cooledge Rd., Tucker, GA 30084.
If anyone from Northlake has another suggestion, please post it here.Erik TryggestadAugust, 23 2010Thank you, Erik, for the contact information….I look forward to participating in the work with the Northlake brethren. This is such a great story and wonderful outreach. God bless everyone involved.Sharon TrouteAugust, 23 2010This was such a beautiful story. I want it to happen here in Arkansas.
Loved this story,thank you!!!
Carol WhiteCarol WhiteAugust, 26 2010Beautiful children, our children! They are our future and the only hope we have out of the present rut. Thank you Northlake Saints for helping save Nigeria. Chi and all at Susana Homes.CHI EKWENYE HENDRICKSAugust, 26 2010Thanks be to the Almighty God.I am very delighted to hear that love for one another demonstrated by the Northlake Congregation.May others also learn from them.The Churches of Christ in Nigeria salute you all.Kingsley OdogwuAugust, 27 2010What beatiful blessings from the Lord!!Obakemi Moses Oladapo. (Minister C.O.C. Lawanson. Lagos)August, 30 2010When I first heard the news, I shouted, first in bewilderment and second in the awesome grace of God towards us. Really thank God for this familyHembah McTerenceSeptember, 6 2010I am so proud of all you guys at Northlake! God is really using you all in a beautiful way!Kay TaylorNovember, 27 2010