United Methodist dad recalls the dramatic circumstances that saved one baby’s life and changed his family’s future.
Some children have an easy entrance into the world. Some do not. A United Methodist family in Michigan recalls the dramatic circumstances that saved one baby’s life and changed their future.
The power of love can save a life
That rainy night on the Zambian savannah, a mother’s heart moved the hand of God. In a land laid waste by disease and drought this is an incredible story of courage, suffering, and the ultimate triumph of the power of Gods almighty love. This is the true story of an infant born in the bush of southern Zambia at the height of the worst drought in years. That tiny life was awaiting the traditional burial, lying on the chest of her mother who died during delivery.
But this story is more than the rescue of a tiny baby destined to die in the bush country of Zambia. It is the story of the family that adopted her, the struggles they endured through the years and the joys, triumphs and the love they also experienced.
(Locator: Morenci, Michigan)
(Daughter puts hat on dad) Ana: “Got you a hat.”
Tedd Galloway: “Being a father is one of the greatest rewards that I’ve had. It’s also one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever tried to undertake.”
Tedd: “How does it look?”
Ana: “(Laughs) Horrible.”
Ana Galloway: “The doctors didn’t think that I would be able to walk, run, anything normal kids would be able to do.”
(Singing at church)
The Rev. Donna Galloway: “I’m Pastor Donna Galloway and I pastor Morenci United Methodist Church in Morenci, Michigan. My husband is a wonderful father and a wonderful grandfather as well.”
Tedd Galloway: “My name is Tedd Galloway and I’m the author of the book A Mother’s Heart Moved the Hand of God. It’s a really simple story. It’s the story of how the power of love can save a life. October 7th, in the Chavuna-Chinjawa area of Zambia, a young baby was born and her mother died of malnutrition. The baby was laid on the mother’s stomach to be buried with the mother and that was to keep the mother and the baby from haunting the village. An uncle who heard the moaning and the wailing had made the decision that that young baby would not be buried with her mother. So he carried her for two days and along the way the only water he found was some in a pond that he could dribble into her mouth, and he walked into the hospital where my wife was, handed my wife this little baby and he turned and walked away.”
The Rev. Donna Galloway: “The doctor came and examined her and said ‘Put her over there, she will be gone by morning.’ I’m not known for doing what I’m told and I didn’t do what I was told.”
Tedd Galloway: “I remember coming home about 3 in the morning. Donna was asleep in her chair holding onto the little baby.She sat up out of the chair and stood up, and she handed me the baby, and when she did the little infant started to cry and Donna said, ‘Thank you Jesus, She’s alive.'”
(Dad and daughter in kitchen) Tedd: “Well yea, you got it pointed up like a goober.”
Ana: “It does look like a goober.”
Ana Galloway: “My name is Ana Galloway and I’m from originally from Zambia. My parents where missionaries and while they were over in Zambia they adopted me. While I was child my legs were really bowed and so they didn’t think I was going to be able to walk.”
The Rev. Donna Galloway: “I was certain that with the amount of seizuring she was doing that there would be brain damage, there would be problems.”
Ana Galloway: “As I got healthier and as I got better, I was able to crawl, I was able to walk, I was able to run.”
Tedd Galloway: “She has a very, very determined spirit. When she decides she is going to do something, there is no stopping her.”
Ana Galloway: “They were very supportive parents to the point of they made jackets that said on the back ‘Ana’s Biggest Fan’ and then they put on the front ‘Ana’s Mom, Ana’s Dad.'”
The Rev. Donna Galloway: “And I remember standing next to him and he was clutching the fence and he was saying, ‘Run, run, run!’ and it was just kind of under his breath and when she finished she crossed that finish line he said, ‘And she wasn’t supposed to be able to walk.'”
Ana Galloway: “My dad, he is so great.”
(Family playing cards) Tedd: “Lay one down.”
Ana Galloway: “We look to him for direction and I hold all other men up to his standards.”
The Rev. Donna Galloway: “I see that a lot of things that she does and a lot of her determination comes from him saying, ‘You can do it, keep at it, you can do it.'”
Tedd Galloway: “I’m excited because in her heart she desires to go back to the land of her birth, she wants to make a difference.”
Ana Galloway: “I believe that God has a plan for everybody. I believe there’s a reason why I made it. I need to make a difference in other people’s lives because so many great differences were made in mine.”
The Rev. Donna Galloway: “We wanted to change the world, and we did. And because it changed her world she is going to change somebody else’s world. She’s already changed ours.”
Tedd Galloway: “All of us are given opportunities. We as a family were given a simple opportunity to love a child and to make her part of us and that’s what we did. The world would be revolutionized by a church that simply looked at everybody the way God looks at us.”
Tedd Galloway’s book, A Mother’s Heart Moved the Hand of God, is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
For more information, contact the Rev. Donna Galloway at Morenci United Methodist Church at 517-458-6923.
Posted: June 12, 2012