When you read this story, you will have to agree that only our precious Lord could have arranged these events. A baby born by a dumpster and a missionary doctor have come together to make a beautiful family. Peggy  came into our office one day asking if we place with single women. She had one document left to complete and send in to begin the process of being licensed to adopt through another agency. She then heard about Antioch, now A Child’s Hope Spokane, and decided to be licensed with us. Peggy had been a missionary to Haiti for several years, making nine trips there, before she ended up in Spokane to help plant a church while she practiced medicine.  Her heart’s desire was to be a parent of a child who needed a home. One day, a woman with a baby walked into urgent care, Peggy’s place of employment. While Peggy was treating this baby, she found out he was a foster child who could be adopted.

Peggy’s heart leaped.  She contacted us and became aware that little Canaan was available through our agency and could be placed in her home. The transition to her from another foster home did not come easy. This child was not your typical foster child; Canaan came with many severe medical issues. Canaan had the kind of medical issues that the typical foster family would have great difficulty handling. Could it be that God had arranged a doctor to be his mother?

The beginning of Canaan’s life cannot be described as typical. Born by the side of a dumpster near a hospital is anything but ordinary. A drug addicted mother was standing by the dumpster when a mid-wife just happened to walk out of the hospital and saw her there. She came over to ask the woman if she was all right when, at that moment, the woman gave birth to Canaan. The midwife scooped up the amniotic sac off the ground with the umbilical cord still attached and rushed him into the hospital. Three to four minutes later, the sac was opened to find a much stressed baby born at 26 to 27 weeks gestation, who was then given chest compressions for his heart to start.

Little Canaan was flown by helicopter from a city a few hours away to a hospital in Spokane where he began his stay for several months. Many life saving procedures occurred during this time.  His little life hung in the balance as he needed to be resuscitated at least seven times. The ethics board of the hospital and the Attorney General of the state of Washington weighed in on the course of his treatment as multiple physicians stated that “enough was enough” and had concerns and wondered if the extreme life sustaining measures were appropriate to continue. Did the grace of God keep him alive?

We have no doubt that God’s hand was in every detail of this little boy’s life! Canaan went from four and a half months at the hospital to a foster home and many trips back to the hospital for tests and treatment. In March, 2016, Canaan was taken from the hospital to be placed in Peggy’s home where amazing progress in his growth and development rapidly began to occur. Many medical professionals have been involved with his life, many doctor’s and clinic visits have occurred and repeatedly it has been said that his progress is “incredible.” Canaan has won the hearts of everyone who comes in contact with him. At 21 months he has learned to sit up, crawl, walk and is now talking, with his first word being “Bible.” Peggy is an amazing mother to Canaan, and Canaan is deeply bonded to Peggy.  God brought this child and this mother together. Only He could have done this!