Sweet little Shamore is just 9 years old.
In March of 2016 at the age of 8 he and his brother were walking home from school when Shamore slipped into a ravine. Neither he nor his brother could swim and his brother ran back to get help.
They were able to revive Shamore however his brain was without oxygen for too long and has left him with severe brain damage. His family moved to Texas in January for work and now, finally, Shamore will be going to Texas as well to be near his family.
Shamore is being cared for with 5 other children by several nurses in an actual home. It is very well kept with comfortable living room areas for families to come and visit. His nurse Susan greeted us and showed us to his bedroom. She had given him a shower earlier and dressed him in a light blue polo shirt and black basketball shorts.
He has gorgeous dark brown eyes with long dark lashes, his skin is smooth and flawless. What a handsome young boy he is. We explained everything as we got him ready for his transport telling him soon he would see his mommy. We had brought along a soft red blanket with basketballs to cover Shamore with. It seemed appropriate with his basketball shorts.
It was so evident how much Susan and the other staff truly love these little ones. Susan carried him to our cot, her eyes filling with tears until she could no longer contain them as they spilled over and streamed down her cheeks she quietly said, “this is very difficult.”
The other staff were in tears as well. It was a tender moment and I could tell heartbreaking for them. We promised that we would take good care of Shamore during his transport and thanked them for all that they do for these children. They are true angels.
I had called his mom Patrice just prior to picking him up and she and her family were getting ready to make the 3 hour drive to the facility where Shamore will be going for now. She said she has been praying for travel safety for our flight and added that this will be the first flight Shamore has ever been on plane. I asked it she could also pray for the weather because there are storms threatening our path that we may have to circumvent. She prayed with me immediately over the phone commanding the storms be gone.
When we arrived at the airport Hal prayed as we place Shamore on board and I sent his mom a picture before take-off. Shortly after we were in the air Hal said, “Shelli, we serve an awesome God,” to which I responded, “yes, I know.”
He went on to say, “remember the storms that were in our path, they are completely gone, no trace. ” I shared with him how Patrice had prayed about those very storms. God is always so faithful.
Shamore did well on his first ever flight. He fought sleep the entire time looking around curiously with the dark brown eyes.
We arrived in Texas safely despite the fact that they had had a tornado only the night before. They told us many parts of town were still without power. I sent a message to Patrice and let her know we were on our way.
We arrived at the new facility and were greeted by the staff and Shamore’s family. They were all so very excited to see him. We placed him into bed and his family joined as we prayed. Please keep Shamore and his family in prayer. He will be having hip surgery and then after his recovery he will hopefully be going home to be cared for by his family.
THEN HE GOT INTO THE BOAT AND HIS DISCIPLES FOLLOWED HIM. SUDDENLY A FURIOUS STORM CAME UP ON THE LAKE, SO THAT THE WAVES SWEPT OVER THE BOAT. BUT JESUS WAS SLEEPING. THE DISCIPLES WENT AND WOKE HIM, SAYING, “LORD, SAVE US ! WE’RE GOING TO DROWN !”
HE REPLIED, “YOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID?” THEN HE GOT UP AND REBUKED THE WINDS AND THE WAVES, AND IT WAS COMPLETELY CALM. THE MEN WERE AMAZED AND ASKED, “WHAT KIND OF MAN IS THIS? EVEN THE WINDS AND THE WAVES OBEY HIM !”
Thank you to Hal and Mark for sharing this mission with me.
Shelli Engle RN