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January 23, 2009

’God will provide’

Quints What could be harder or scarier for a young woman than "growing up in Sudan as war tore apart her homeland, discovering in the midst of it that she was pregnant, coming to this strange land of America," and then giving birth here without her husband nearby and without insurance?

How about giving birth to quintuplets?

In one day alone, the quintuplets go through 40 diapers and several bottles of formula. The biggest, Nyandeng, is now 6 pounds 5 ounces, and the smallest, Athei, is 4 pounds 7 ounces. Two need particularly close attention and are hooked up to machines that monitor their breathing. [Adwai] Malual and her mother have also struggled to find affordable transportation large enough to take all five babies to their doctor's appointments.

Volunteers from Grace Baptist Church in Bowie visit periodically to help feed the babies and to drive the family to get supplies and groceries. Relatives from Utah and Maine flew in during the first few weeks to take over feeding shifts.

In the long run, however, Malual knows that the situation is unsustainable. Her husband, who works in Tanzania as a liaison for the military in southern Sudan, has seen only pictures of the quintuplets and is unable to leave his post. Her mother, Anne Abyei, will eventually return home.

Malual, a Christian, says that when worries loom, she reminds herself, "These children are blessings from God. . . . He brought them to me, protected them through all that time. So for the future, I think I must live day by day. God will provide." Through the members of Christ's Body here on earth, He's doing just that.

If you live in or near Maryland and would like to donate food, diapers, or clothing to the Maluals, you can take them to the Clothes Box at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis (click here for the address). For those who don't live nearby but would like to help, checks can be sent to the AAMC Foundation Office at the same address. Make sure to put "For the Malual quints" in the memo portion of your check.

(Image © The Washington Post)

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