Provides Evangeline's Emancipation Testimony Today!”
Ramesh C. Reddy
Here is our testimony of how the Lord Jesus
delivered our Evangeline as prayers from family, brothers and sisters of
Oakland International Fellowship and
beyond reached our Lord Jesus Christ!
Reddy was born on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9:46 p.m. weighing
7.5 lbs during an emergency C-section after my precious wife
Chandraleela labored for more than 4 hours for a normal delivery but
the head of Evangeline would not come out no matter how long she
Even during an emergency
C-section, the doctors still had trouble bringing her out of the
womb because of the way her head was turned sideways and the
umbilical cord was tied twice around her neck with a knot. When she
was finally taken out of the womb, we did not hear her cry at all
which scared both of us until a tiny cry was heard.
Then we were told by a Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit (NICU) specialist, that Evangeline was not breathing well on
her own and needed to be sent to the NICU immediately. We were also
told that she swallowed a lot of meconium and needed her lungs to be
examined. We found out that her APGAR score was an 1 out of 10 when
she was born.
Our heart dropped when we heard Evangeline’s
condition and the words NICU. We could not even hold our child when
she was born. Evangeline was covered in all kinds of tubes from a
breathing tube, to an Intravenous tube for medication, to a feeding
tube. The sight was so scary to see. We could not see our precious
daughter until 1:00 a.m. the next day.
I prayed and prayed Psalm 139, Psalm 91, and
segments of Mark 5 as Evangeline stayed in the NICU. The words of
Jesus: ‘Don’t be afraid, just believe’
resonated in me which I believed.
Prayers from family and
friends reached the Lord Jesus Christ and He intervened in His
timing. We believe the Lord Jesus breathed life into her so she
could breathe on her own. Within 12 hrs, Evangeline was able to
breathe on her own without a breathing tube. She was also able to
drink mother’s milk and formula on her own.
They told us that she could also go
home with us on Monday if her 4 pm tests came back well.
Sadly, we were told by the NICU specialist that
her white blood cell count was high and she was fighting an
infection for which they wanted to keep her in the NICU for a week
administering antibiotics until Friday.
Where did we turn to again?
We turned to our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word
asking brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for our family. In my
mind after prayer using God’s Word, I felt the Lord Jesus healed our
daughter completely of the infection. We wanted the doctors to
administer the test again believing she was healed but they said
they cannot do it until Friday after the antibiotic is used.
It was a tiring time because my precious wife
Chandraleela was being discharged on
Monday but our Evangeline still had to stay in the NICU. By the
Lord’s grace and mercy, they told us Evangeline could be moved out
of the NICU on Monday if rooms were available and be transferred to
the pediatric unit where we could stay with our daughter 24-7 until
she was discharged. Finally, on Tuesday a room was available
unexpectedly and we were able to be with our daughter in the
pediatric unit until Friday, June 05, 2015.
Our precious 2 year
month 2 week old daughter Esther
who loves the Lord Jesus very much
would sing to Evangeline and would love her so much giving her
kisses and kisses being so excited to be a big sister for her little
Finally, by the Lord’s
grace the day came for Evangeline to be discharged from the
the doctor came to speak to us, he told us to forget that Evangeline
was in the NICU and Pediatric Unit but think that she was discharged
the same day she was born. His point to us was that she is doing so
well. All the tests they gave her came out well. Thank you Jesus!
It is through all of your prayers that reached our Lord Jesus Christ
that we were able to take Evangeline home with us on Friday. My
mommy has been there for us throughout the pregnancy and for the
first two weeks since Evangeline came home. She made sure Chandra
and I had yummy Indian home cooked dinners. However the challenge
began when my mom had to go out of the country for my little
brother’s ceremony. Yet, the Lord Jesus looked after us and provided
help through the church.
As my loving wife Chandra
who needed atleast 6 weeks to recover from a C-section was
I tried my best to take care of all
three of them. It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and
the wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ of Oakland
International Fellowship, we were delivered yummy Indian food that
tasted so good to eat and non-Indian food so Chandra did not have to
cook and I could focus on taking care of them. Their loving service
to our family has been such a blessing.
I was so scared for the
since she not only labored as if she was giving normal birth until
the last minute but then had to go through the C-section. Lord
delivered my Chandra too as -she looked way-more healthier than her
Thank you Jesus!!!
1. I praise the Lord Jesus, my precious wife Chandraleela looked healthier this time even after laboring almost 4 hrs and then
going through a
compared to her last pregnancy.
2. I praise the Lord Jesus, Evangeline was able to breathe on her
own in less than 12 hrs because He breathed life into her.
3. I praise the Lord Jesus, we had the best staff from Western
Pennsylvania Hospital (WPH) looking after both
of them especially Dr. Andrea Skomo
Nurse Sandy Stanley (who remembered me
from the days I was her IVCF Staff worker, who shared her testimony
with my wife about her journey of faith experience in Christ because
I lived out my faith for her and other students)
4. I praise the Lord Jesus, Evangeline was moved to a private room
in the pediatric unit so Chandra and I could stay there overnight too.
5. I praise the Lord Jesus for the nurses who provided us with
everything for it to be a home away from home place while Evangeline
was under observation.
6. I praise the Lord Jesus most of all for my mommy being there to
take care of our daughter Esther and make homemade Indian food for
Chandra and me to eat while she recuperated, for
Heather & Pastor Hugo
and Pastor Mike
& Jeannie who were so helpful with
rides no matter what the time. Thank you Jesus!
7. Finally, I want to praise the Lord Jesus for the families of
Pastor Hugo & Heather, Pastor Mike & Jeannie,
Calvin & Elise, David & Yvonne, Pastor Ridge
& Connie, Karis & Daniel, Edwin & Marie, Mike & Rachel and Thomas &
Julia who provided our family so much
from diapers to home cooked Indian food or non-Indian food so
Chandra did not have to be in the kitchen but recuperate while I
took care of Evangeline and Esther.
Now our precious Evangeline is 1 month 2 weeks,
2 days old . We were praying for
a Christian name for her. When my wife mentioned the name
Evangeline, I did research into the name and fell in love with the
name after finding out what it means. It means bearer of Good News
or messenger of Good News. Evangeline has been the bearer of Good
News and messenger of Good News through how the Lord Jesus has used
her situation to share His love with all to whom we talk about
In her most recent checkup, our doctor told us
that she is doing really well and we need to continue what we have
been doing. What we have been doing starts with PRAYER & GOD’S WORD
given to Evangeline every day from A – Z.
Every night I try to tell her how the Lord Jesus
delivered her and brought her home to us. We want to use our lives
to share the love of Christ with those the Lord Jesus places in our
pathway. We are glad through this trial, we have been able to see
the power of the Risen Lord in our lives and the love of His people
encompassing our lives. Thank you Jesus! Thank you to my family and
to Oakland International Fellowship, His church!
“I want you to trust in me in your times of
trouble says the Lord so I can rescue you and you can give me the
glory!” (Psalm 50:15, TLB)
If you have never called
upon the Name of the Lord, may you call upon the Name of the Lord
“For if you tell others with
your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your
own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For
it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God;
and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his
the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever
be disappointed. Jew
and Gentile are the same in this respect: they all have the same
Lord who generously gives his riches to all those who ask him for
who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And
how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And
how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is
what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful
are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace with God and
bring glad tidings of good things.” In other words, how welcome are
those who come preaching God’s Good News! (Romans 10:9-15, TLB)
To celebrate the Lord’s love in the life of
Evangeline, Esther, Chandra, and me through the help of my loving
mommy and the families of Oakland International Fellowship, we have
created a musical slideshow of Evangeline's first month with family
Musical Slideshow of Evangeline's Testimony
By Ramesh C. Reddy (July 12, 15, 8:48 p.m.)