To everyone except Derebe, this unborn baby was just another part of the struggle. Even her parents mocked her for continuing the pregnancy. Everyone said the same thing.
“It is impossible for you to care for this child.” Derebe didn’t deny their concerns. But she maintained her belief that God would honor her decision.
When Derebe was 9 months pregnant, she and Anteneh reconciled. And while Derebe was glad to have her family back together, she still didn’t know what would happen. As she prepared to give birth on a hay mattress on the dirt floor in her family’s hut, she looked around her home with dread. She had no clothes for her baby. No food. How would God provide?
Yet Derebe’s faith remained. A faith that was evident when she named her girl Yeabsera, “God’s handiwork.”
A few weeks after Yeabsera was born, Derebe heard about a Child Survival Program in her community, a place that helps moms and babies who live in desperate poverty. And for the first time, her faith began to make sense. When staff from the center visited Derebe’s home to meet with her and little Yeabsera, they saw the very reason the Child Survival Program had been created — to save the life of a child.
“When we went to visit Derebe at her home, we were shocked,” says Rebeka, the Child Survival Program team leader. “The family had nothing in the house. All of them slept on one small hay mattress. There was no food in the house. The older boys were not in good condition either. We registered her immediately and started supporting them.”