While driving home from Tulsa, my thoughts turned to eight years earlier in 1978, when I had been impressed to write Anissa’s story, or at least compile the facts — suddenly, I heard: “Shelve Anissa’s book for a time and put together a book of victorious survivors you’ve met along the way with situations similar to your own.”
When the Almighty God wants something accomplished, He also provides! One of our neighbors had a daughter-in-law who often visited them and we became close friends. Previously, she was on an editorial staff of Christian Life Magazine and had written three books. Then one day, she felt a “nudge” to write Anissa’s story. In 1985, the words, “Victorious Survivors Along the Way” became indelibly imprinted across her mind. Since a year had elapsed, during which time I met other victors along the way, and by the confirming word that I heard, we had a better understanding of how to pursue the project.
“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
We were instructed to use Anissa’s story as the lead, followed by 15 families who accepted our invitation to contribute their own stories. It was to be a handbook of hope and encouragement for parents and other concerned individuals. We rejoiced the day when a renowned artist offered to sketch portraits from snapshots the parents had sent of their afflicted children.
Members of Logos Life and Light Foundation prayed with us regarding a publisher and helped with the final editing. The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that LLL Foundation should be the publishers of the book. The first printing of Victorious Survivors took place in August, 1988, and was given as a “first fruits offering” to individuals, medical centers and organizations connected with various handicaps and afflictions. The leader for a Pastor’s Conference that took place in Washington, D. C., requested 800 copies to be given each attendee. Believing every Pastor could benefit from the stories, the leader planned on using the book as a reading assignment during the conference.
One year later on August 3, 1989, I answered the LLL ministry phone and was taken by surprise when I heard the voice on the other end of the line say: “The White House.” It was “First Lady” Barbara Bush’s secretary, Cathy, calling to say that she and Barbara were both “favorably impressed” with the copy of Victorious Survivors sent to them. They recommended for us to contact Dr. June Jordan of the Council for Exceptional Children, who then requested several copies of the book. I could hardly believe that really happened, because the night before, I had a dream in which Barbara Bush was talking to me on the phone, saying, “I just want to let you know that you’ll be receiving a favorable report regarding your book.”
“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” Hebrews 11:1 TLB
Here we are, 30 years later, still sharing Anissa’s journey, as well as stories of others who have experienced His Excellent Grace, in an outreach to the world that at one time seemed impossible.
To contact Anissa’s mother email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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