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As I finished, the woman placed a piece of fabric on the counter and asked me, "Do you think this fabric is pretty?" I told her I did, and she continued, "Do you think it's pretty for a baby?" I replied that it was very cute for a baby. She responded, "I want to give this to the baby as a gift. I want him to have it." I was so touched! And then she began to cry quietly, and with tears running down her cheeks, she said, "You know, I'm an orphan. I didn't have a mother or a father. It's really hard for orphans in this country. Thank you so much for taking care of this baby. Thanks to God, my mother's younger sister took me in and raised me as her own daughter. But most orphans don't get that. They become the servants of the family. I thank God that you are taking care of him."
Her openness had taken me by surprise and had touched my heart. God then allowed me to share with these 3 women how He was already taking care of Micah. I told them about how we had just the past Sunday at church, with all our Christian brothers and sisters, given Micah back to God and how my dear friend's husband had prayed a prayer of dedication for him. I told them that Micah's uncle had stood with us and joined us in dedicating him and his future to God. The women listened attentively. I went on to tell them that when we finished praying, Gary had told everyone that he was giving the baby his name, which is an important cultural event here. "His name is Micah", he announced (in Gourmantche, we say "Mise"). He explained that Micah was one of the great Old Testament prophets and that he had foretold the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He told them that the name "Micah" means, 'Who is like the Lord?!" When the shop women heard this, they shook their heads and told us that this was good. They asked God to bless him (they are most likely M..lim women). We thanked them so much for their kindness and generosity to Micah and to us.