Barrios

Barrios

Barrios

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 

We are international students from Columbia, Renys is pursuing a Ph.D in Civil Engineering and Yenis happily stays at home with our two kids: Joshua and Victoria.

We love our kids and we prayed to the Lord to have another. So, we were excited when we discovered that Yenis was pregnant last September. We shared the good news with family and friends.

But three months later, on our anniversary, we had a miscarriage. She had what they call a partial molar pregnancy. This is a condition characterized by the development of abnormal placental cells that need to be monitored for several months in order to make sure that that there are no malign cells in her body. If so, she would need chemotherapy.

Facing the loss of our child and Yenis’s diagnosis was hard to assimilate. The only way that helped us to be at peace was praying and remembering that the Word of God says: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

It was hard to understand how a situation like this could be good for us. But by God’s grace, we pulled closer to God and humbled ourselves before Him, knowing that our lives are in his hands. His desire for us is for good. He is trustworthy.

Through this experience we grew more in our appreciation of the miracle of life. Every life is precious to God, even the unborn. Since we didn’t have any problems with our previous pregnancies, we took this third pregnancy for granted. Now we are more aware that holding a baby implies that God has wonderfully knitted him together to form his life. Our children are God’s gift and we should cherish their lives and our roles as parents.