God ‘does what he does beautifully,’ says father of Nigerian quadruplets
“Overwhelmed” is a bit more accurate.
“Quadruplets? Never!” the Nigerian native said from his temporary home in Atlanta. “The truth is that we were totally shocked and confused.”
But after seeing all four sets of eyes — and counting all 40 fingers and 40 toes — Ehimare and his wife, Ose, are convinced that “God has a plan for us, and he does what he does beautifully.”
And, nearly 6,000 miles from home, God provided a family to help the couple welcome their four new lives into the world, the couple said.
Members of the Northlake Church of Christ in Tucker, Ga., about 10 miles from the hospital, volunteered to help the Ehimares care for the three girls — Alyssa, Valencia and Bibiana — and their brother, Noah.
“The logistical effort to organize people to care for four babies around the clock involves dozens and dozens” of people, said Northlake member Brent Wiseman. Church members set up a website where those interested could sign up for shifts to help the family.
“We’ve also received offers to help from the Snellville (Ga.) Church of Christ and from people with no connection to our church,” Wiseman said. “It’s all been quite gratifying.”
Aburime Ehimare described the actions of his fellow Christians as “God-sent intervention.”
“They have never let us walk alone,” he said. “It is as though they’ve always known us.”
The journey that brought the Ehimares to America began in Benin City, Nigeria. Aburime, then 13, was a street hawker and a devout Pentecostal. He believed that, by speaking in tongues, he could heal the sick — and even raise the dead.
When a neighbor’s 2-year-old daughter died, the family asked him to do just that. He failed, and his faith was shaken.
About a year later, a friend introduced him to the Church of Christ.
He enrolled in the World Bible School correspondence course and was baptized at age 14. A few years later, he scored high on university entrance exams and began studying accounting.
He met Ose on a door-knocking gospel campaign. They both earned accounting degrees with top honors. In February 2005, Ose was baptized in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where Aburime took a banking job.
Seven months later, they married.
A JOURNEY OF FAITH TO GEORGIA
Ten months after their wedding, the Ehimares had their first child, Chavela, which means “God’s promise.” They started planning for a second child. Ose miscarried three times.
The couple prayed and waited.
Then came the joyous news that Ose was pregnant with twins. But that joy turned to shock — and fear — on subsequent medical checkups when doctors found a third, and then a fourth, fetus.
Soon, Ose began having seizures and fainting spells, her husband said. She would need medical care outside of Nigeria to survive the pregnancy.
The couple sent letters to foreign embassies, requesting a medical visa. None replied. Four elders of their congregation, the Kado-Abuja Church of Christ, prayed and fasted. One of them, Peter Egure, contacted friends in the government. Soon, Ose had permission to enter the U.S.
The couple sold a car and a piece of land to afford the trip to America. Aburime’s job forced him to stay in Nigeria as his wife, 24 weeks pregnant, boarded a plane. It was her first trip outside the country, and her only contact was a former college mate in Snellville who had agreed to house her.
Meanwhile, Nigerian church members contacted friends in the U.S. and told them about the Ehimares. Members of the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas, contacted the Northlake church about the couple, Wiseman said.
“We were touched by the story of this woman, all alone in a foreign country, pregnant with quadruplets,” he said.
On July 27, three Northlake members — Susan Tippins, Carol Cherry and Julie Clinebell — met Ose and promised her that the church would do whatever it could to assist her.
A few hours later, Ose went into labor. The babies were born the next day.
“Were these sisters expecting my wife to deliver?” Aburime asked. “Were they led by the star in Mathew 2:9?”
Soon, the three “wise women,” as Aburime called them, were joined by many more. When Aburime arrived in Atlanta three days after the births, Northlake members were busy buying diapers, arranging transportation and signing up to volunteer as baby rockers.
The quadruplets likely will stay in Georgia through October. The smallest was one ounce under three pounds at birth. At press time, two of the babies were still in the hospital but were expected to be released soon. Their big sister Chavela “loves babies and is very excited to know she will be having four younger ones to play with,” her father said.
Aburime returned to Nigeria on Aug. 28 to resume work. Northlake members Jeff and Cathy Hendrick converted their basement into a baby nursery.
Northlake recently hosted a baby shower for the family, and members purchased car seats and strollers. The church regards the Ehimares as “an incredibly courageous and faithful family,” said Northlake member Denise Johnson.
“They have blessed Northlake in ways we are just beginning to understand,” Johnson said.
Ose Ehimare said she and her husband are overwhelmed by the church’s kindness.
“We look forward to being able to give back to the church someday,” she said. “My husband and I have learned … about what love truly is from this congregation, and we hope to share that same love with others that may come our way.
“This congregation has made me a very happy mother.”
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FeedbackThese babies are beautiful. Just precious. So thankful for the opportunity to hold, feed, change, sing…to them. Mom, Ose is a great mother. She and the babies are so loved by the Northlake congregation and host family. Everyone is so nice.
Glad to be available to serve. God is good!Gwendolyn LigonCampus church of ChristLilburn, Georgia
USASeptember, 28 2010Thank you Erik for this beautiful story about my kids. I thank God for what you are doing in the Lord’s Vineyard and i thank you for the interest you have shown since you heard about my wife glorious delivery of a set of quadruplets. The christian chronicle has helped a great deal in making many brethren know about what the Lord is doing through the Northlake Church of Christ.THank yoy very much. Please we need the prayers of the saints more than ever before as we can do nothing without HIS grace. God bless u.Aburime EhimareKadoAbuja, FCT
NigeriaSeptember, 13 2010