By a worker in Asia
Our new sister has given birth to a healthy baby boy
According to the culture of this country it is appropriate to have a special ceremony to bless my friend’s baby and her family. Usually families will wait until the baby is one year old, then a naming ceremony is done. But, we have seen that when a new baby is born, many prayers and offerings are made at the temples. Mothers are encouraged to call on Mother Earth and heed beliefs that include the wearing of talisman to ward off evil. My friend really faced a difficult challenge in this area, and she was not able to resist the practices of her culture’s religion. She has, however, repented and removed the talisman from her arm. I explained to her that she cannot say she had put her full trust in our heavenly father while calling on other powers to help and bless her. So, even though we prayed for and with this family since before the baby’s birth, we think that now is a good time to do something a bit more formal. Meaning that in as close as we can to the culture’s way of doing things, we want to do something tangible in the way of prayer and blessing. Even using threads to tie on their wrists to represent the Lord’s blessing and be a reminder of Him, and covering the baby with a scarf to represent the covering of the Most High God. We will need to quickly create something for this, it is all still very new to us, and we need your prayers as we want to prepare an event that will both please God and bless the family with a witness they can clearly relate to.