One of the hardest things you must endure as a parent is to watch your child face frustration and hardship and recognizing there is so little you can do to help them.
Geneva Justice Hamilton was born April 13, 2004 healthy and happy. She was not premature; there was no difficulty in birth, yet at 16 months she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP). CP is an umbrella term used in the medical community to describe a dysfunction in the brain that leads to physical handicaps and delayed learning capabilities, in short it can cover anything from a slight tightness in the hands all the way to complete lack of control of your whole body. For Geneva (her technical diagnosis is Spastic Diplegia) it has affected her legs so severely that she cannot walk and she uses a walker or primarily a wheelchair to move around. It has affected the use of her hands slightly which has given her more than her share of hardships in school and we are continuing to look for ways to help her in that environment. Her legs cramp so bad at night that she cannot sleep on occasion and we are unsure how many other areas it has affected in her body that we have yet to see simply because of her age. There are around 500,000 people currently diagnosed with CP in the US all with at least two common explanations; premature birth or an irregularity that is revealed on an MRI scan. Geneva has neither and she represents less than 1% of those diagnosed with CP.
There is no explanation for why Geneva was affected by the abnormality.
But she is.
For years we tried physical therapy, braces, drugs, scans, painful shots in her legs, all in an attempt to loosen the muscles in her legs and see her gain even the slightest bit of freedom. We have prayed, fasted, laid hands, and asked why. We have had dreams, prophetic words, and so much more. We believe in the power of all these things and the authority we have as children of God and as priests and kings on earth. I have seen blind eyes open, cancer dissolve from bodies, broken bones mended in moments, a man given new lungs, we believe in the power of the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and the healing of our bodies. Our resolve to these truths have not been changed and will not be compromised by our circumstances. My circumstances do not dictate Gods character; He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
But not all miracles look alike and just like the Fairy Godmother said in Cinderella, “Some miracles take a little time.” The scriptures put it like this, “Blessed are those who are unoffended at me.” Jesus said this to John the Baptist as John was sitting in jail awaiting his beheading. Jesus was letting John know that just because it doesn't look like what you thought, doesn't mean it isn't me.
So we have prayed and waited and it seems as though God is opening a door that could profoundly help Geneva through the hands of a specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
He has done thousands of these surgeries over the last 20 years and has seen improvement in every single case. Because of her unique circumstances he cannot tell us exactly what will come out of the surgery but it WILL loosen the tightness in her legs and get her off the drugs she is currently on. Every other medical option for her is very painful and potentially very dangerous with long recovery times and dangerous amounts of drugs being pumped into her system internally.
How does it work? I am not a doctor but simply put the brain communicates with the limbs through the spine. The surgeon will go in into the spine opening a space to reveal the spinal cord then remove or bypass the communication error that is currently telling her legs to tighten and coil therefore giving her the ability to control them better. This could not only help with her legs but potentially her hands and speech as well. The recovery time is about two weeks and we will be in St. Louis for 7 of those days making sure that all went well and starting minor physical therapy with Geneva.
But, we need your help. The surgery is out of our current coverage and therefore must be paid out of pocket.
The surgery itself is approx. $40,000 along with travel expenses for flights, a week in hotel, food while we are there, help with our other two boys, plus covering my time off we are looking at a $50,000 cost for that two week period. The money must be paid in full 30 days prior to the date being booked. Right now we are looking at the first week of February and that means we need to raise the $50,000 by January 1.
When we first told one of our spiritual parents, Heidi Baker, she almost fell over at the possibility that Geneva could be helped. She said, “This is God, He can use a surgeons hands just as much as He can use praying hands” and then she said, “You have to let people sow into this operation, I believe they will get something out of being able to sow into what God is doing.”
I believe she is right and we need your help.
If you have ever been blessed or touched by our ministry in any way, through albums or songs or a message or a word that was given we are asking that you would please sow into our families specific need. This money is not financing some attempt to further our ministry or make some impact in the nations, we simply need your help financially to give our daughter the chance to walk with some degree of freedom. Any amount will help. We believe that God is able to do this and that He will go above and beyond what we ask or imagine. We will keep you updated daily on where we are at with the totals and inform everyone when we have reached our goal. We will also be putting together a blog on the whole process so you can follow our journey and pray with us along the way. Please let others know and tell us what God is doing with you and your families as Geneva’s story is shared.
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Thank you so much from our family to yours.
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