Daniel and I have had the blessing and privilege of getting to know Maegan and Jeremy Roper over the past couple years. They are one of the sweetest, most genuine, and most compassionate couples I have ever met who are daily walking with God. God has used them countless times through their words and actions to speak truth into our lives. I want to share their story with you because in the midst of pain and suffering that they are experiencing, the Lord is bringing hope not just to them, but to people all over the world.
The Roper's were expecting their second child and almost two weeks ago went in to find out what they were having only to learn that their sweet baby girl had "the rarest and severest form of spina bifida called Anencephaly. It is a neural tube defect that causes the baby's skull and brain to stop developing, very early in fetal development." (from Maegan's blog). Maegan delivered baby Ellanie Beth on December 4 and watched her "drift into this world and drift out at the same time".
I cannot tell you how amazing this family is. They allow God to work in and through their lives in joyful times and in sorrowful times. They are one of the best examples I have ever seen of God's love and faithfulness.
Here is an excerpt from Maegan's blog of how their story is having an impact around the world:
"I had a woman contact me yesterday from south Africa... SOUTH AFRICA??! She lives in Cape Town and ministers to women there like myself, who face birthing children with fatal birth defects. She is a counselor in a local hospital that delivers these babies. Somehow, she read this blog and she said that she was going to use our story with the women she ministers to. She in return gave me words of wisdom & truth to cling to. I don't know why I am surprised. It seems that when the Lord's glory is at stake, He will go to great lengths in ensuring it is spread... to all nations. He is so much bigger than our circumstance."
I ask that you remeber them in this long road of healing to come and know that God can and will be glorified through the worst of circumstances. I also encourage you to visit Maegan's blog, A Different Remedy to read their story and see how God is working in their lives.