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The girls are home!

Yes- the girls are back home and doing well! Yesterday (Wednesday) at about 3 PM everyone was released from the hospital and had a wonderful ride back home. Now we are getting settled in. The grandmas are setting up a schedule to help us out and we are sure glad, because having twins is a LOT of work – and it’s only been 3 days! We feel so super blessed and we thank all of you for the wonderful emails and comments. It’s been so neat to see how God is using our story to show off his loving kindness. OK – enough talk – want to see some super cute photos? 🙂 I thought so! Make sure to click these photos to see them larger. Once opened, you can use your arrow keys to advance.

Even though much of the costs of the births were covered by insurance, the costs of our doctors was not. We got the best doctors in SantarĂ©m to do the births- not wanting to risk anything. Our total cost was about R$7,500 (about $4,300 at the current exchange rate). It’s still much cheaper than if we would have had to fly somewhere (in Brazil or the States) and have the births there. If you wish, you can give a special gift towards Rebecca and Anna’s births by clicking here and donating through Project AmaZon. Thanks and God bless!

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Daughters of the Promise: Rebecca Joy and Anna Grace

It’s with so much pride that I announce to you the birth of Rebecca Joy Reutter (5lb 12oz) at 10:40 PM (8:40 Eastern) and Anna Grace Reutter (3lb 8oz) at 10:42 PM! The babies are super healthy, and the mother too! Praise God for his faithfulness to us – and thank all of you praying on our behalf. The births could not have gone better.

Rebecca Joy and Anna Grace
Rebecca Joy and Anna Grace

Even though here platelets were low, Ruth was still able to have an epidural. Because I grow weak and faint at the sight of blood (it’s true), I was in an adjoining room when Rebecca was born. I heard a healthy cry and tears came to my eyes. I heard the next cry and I was just beaming. Ruth said that her joy would be complete when she heard them cry, and I was so thrilled that she got the joy of hearing her healthy babies cry!

Anna’s already started to nurse well, and Rebecca – well – she’s been wanting to sleep! Since we have no internet at the hospital, I had to come back home to share the great news with all of you who were right here with us in spirit! Look at these photos! Did you ever see anything so beautiful? I think not 🙂 Maybe I’m partial though.

We were already thanking God for healthy babies before delivery
We were already thanking God for healthy babies before delivery

Continue to pray for Ruth’s quick recovery and for the girls to put on some weight. We thank all of you so much for your love and support and check back here soon for more updates, pictures and prayer requests! We won’t let our guard down now- but pray them through these first critical months! Now enjoy these photos (remember to click on them to see them nice and large)

Rebecca Joy is born
Rebecca Joy is born

Anna Grace is born
Anna Grace is born

Rebecca Joy right before her first time with mom
Rebecca Joy right before her first time with mom

Anna Grace sleeping well on mom after nursing for the first time
Anna Grace sleeping well on mom after nursing for the first time

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Pray at 7PM Eastern – A Promise Blooms!

What started out as a leisurely lunch quickly turned into excitement/panic/excitement! We received a phone call from Ruth’s doctor that the c-section has been scheduled for tonight, Monday at 9 PM, 7 PM Eastern!! He felt it was important enough to schedule the surgery even before getting Ruth’s blood work back later today. We are asking everyone to take some time out at 7PM Eastern tonight to lift Ruth and the babies up in prayer!

Last day with the twins inside!
Last day with the twins inside!

We have peace about having the babies now, even though we originally would have liked to wait until the Nov 20. Ruth was having several Braxton-Hicks contractions yesterday, and after talking to several doctors involved with Ruth’s delivery, we see God’s hand in it all. We cannot risk any real contractions since Ruth’s last c-section was just a little over a year ago. We also just learned that 3 more incubators were added to the local regional hospital, so if we need them, they’ll be there. We’re praying that we don’t, but praise God they’re there.

We continue to trust in Him and ask you to pray with us for:

  • A smooth surgery
  • high platelet count for Ruth so she can have a spinal block and not general anesthesia – we get the blood test results back this afternoon
  • healthy baby girls with no need for incubators or any other complications
  • Ruth’s quick recovery and no need for blood transfusions

A second promise flower - marking the end of one journey and the beginning of another

Yesterday, on the very same day that Ruth went full-term with her twins, something very special happened. In our backyard, two flowers bloomed from one plant. The promise flower came back! Just as a rainbow serves as a reminder that God will never again destroy the earth by a flood, these flowers reminded us of God’s promise to us! In the darkest hour of our lives God gave us a symbol of hope, and now, right before the completion of that promise, He reminds us of His faithfulness. What a wonderful God we have! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to see a double-flower again without welling up with emotion and gratitude to God.

Read the original story behind the Promise Flower here (it’s a post from last year right after losing Anna Rebecca).

7PM tonight, the promise blooms. Be praying!

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Pray for Platelets!

The time for the twins to be born is rapidly approaching! The most recent ultrasound on the twins show that they continue to be healthy and grow: Anna at 1.85 kilos (about 4 pounds) and Rebecca at 2.4 kilos (about 6 pounds). We pray that they will continue to grow and stay in the womb until November 20, when they will be 38 weeks along.

Our biggest request right now is for Ruth’s platelet count, which is low and continues to drop. She’s been having regular blood tests to keep an eye on it, and recently they have gone quite low. Our doctor has ordered more blood tests on Monday, and if they are lower yet, Ruth will be scheduled for her c-section on Tuesday! Although the twins would be fine if born now, we would like to see them stay in even longer and see Anna get a little more weight. We would also like to see Ruth completely healthy!

Let’s pray for an increase in Ruth’s platelets by Monday – for her health and for the babies. We praise God for these miraculous babies and thank you for all your prayers and support. Now let’s get prayin’!

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Growing Girls & a Great Conference

The last time we wrote, I was getting ready to play for the 2009 MDA Conference and Ruth was growing like crazy (because of two baby girls growing like crazy inside her)! How exciting it is for us to share with you this most recent update:

Ruth and the Girls

Ruth, Rebecca and Anna at their shower (Click to see larger)

Prayer is having a great affect, as both girls and Ruth are in perfect health and the girls continue to grow at a healthy pace. Ruth only has one more month left before our lives change with the blessing of twin girls in our home. Two weeks ago we had a baby shower for Rebecca and Anna at our home after cell group. Our home was PACKED with people and great food. What was on the list of gifts, you may ask? Disposable diapers! We now have enough – for the first couple of weeks, at least.

Click here to see an album of photos from the shower!

Our living room has turned into a multi-purpose room, as it has now become Ruth’s office, bedroom, kitchen and what ever else a pregnant woman does throughout the day! She is allowed to go upstairs only once a day (and that being to go to bed).

Please continue to pray with us for for:

  • Healthy, chubby babies
  • Healthy mother
  • Delivery date after November 20

Best MDA Conference Yet!

I just updated the PAZ website with an article about this years’ MDA Conference – a conference for pastors and leaders wanting to learn the powerful tools we use to win people for the Lord and disciple them well. Over 1,300 pastors from 24 of Brazil’s 27 states descended on SantarĂ©m for a life-changing week. We learned so much about disciple-making and cell groups that now we’re busy putting all these things into action. More than anything, we received a greater portion of passion for God and His passion for seeking the lost and making disciples! We’re ready for our next growth explosion!

Pastor Abe teaches about discipleship
Pastor Abe teaches about discipleship

I was honored to be a part of the worship team that lead all the worship for the conference. It was a huge commitment: the whole team participated in a 21 day fast. For 4 weeks we had 4 practices a week – many of them starting at 9 PM and going until midnight. Team members took unpaid vacation, those in school worked ahead – everyone sacrificed to be a part of this team. We focused on developing new songs: music written by several different team members. It was a lot of work!

But to God’s glory it was all worth it, as He blessed us with an anointing like we’d never experienced. Our team was unified as one and the presence of the Lord was felt so strongly, bringing us to our knees on a couple different occasions! Participants of the conference wondered where the new songs came from and were amazed to learn they were from our team! Hundreds asked for our CD, putting into motion a new CD project.

The keys stayed hot all conference long!
The keys stayed hot all conference long!

Click here to see an album of praise & worship pictures from this conference.

This Saturday night we will record all the new music done at the conference live at Aviva Jovem (the young adults service). Afterward, I will begin to record the instrumentalists and vocalists in my studio. By God’s grace, next year we will have a worship CD from the church in Santarém!! How exciting to be here in the middle of the Amazon Jungle at this time when God is working to save so many so powerfully. There is truly no better place to be than in the center of God’s perfect will.

We thank you once again for your continued prayers, love and support. The impact you’re having is great and each day treasures are being stored up in heaven on your behalf. Now click here to read more about the conference at the PAZ site!