Catherine and Bruno have been converted for many years. They got married on November 27th 1999, right about a year after they first met. Their testimony, which is an example of faith and perseverance in prayer, will strengthen more than one couple who hopes for a baby.
Dokimos: “Hi Catherine and Bruno! Tell us about what God has done for you.”
Bruno: “We had been married for about a year and a half when we thought we were ready to have a baby.”
Catherine: “I was longing for a child so much that I had everything thoroughly planned out and organized. I had stopped being on the pill and made arrangements to welcome a baby. But the baby wouldn’t come.”
Bruno: “We decided to go and see doctors to take a bunch of
examinations in order to figure out what the problem was.”
D: “What was the diagnosis?”
B: “I was diagnosed with male infertility.”
C: “As for me, they detected fibroids.”
D: “This diagnosis shattered our hopes of having children.”
B: “Absolutely, doctors were explicit, they also introduced to us the “in vitro fertilization” procedure (IVF).”
D: “What was your reaction when hearing the news?”
C: “At first, I could hardly hold back my tears, I asked God: why me?”
B: “As for me, I trusted in God's sovereignty. Besides I embraced the idea of adopting a child, I even wondered if God had not allowed this situation so that we chose adoption.”
D: “What decision did you make?”
B: “What was certain was that it was out of question we chose IVF. We didn’t remotely want to do anything unnatural.”
C: “Therefore, we decided to put our faith into action and not dwelling on men words.”
D: “What about adopting?”
C: “Personally, I’d never considered it, I was waiting on the will of the Lord.”
B: “Finally we were quickly convinced that we had to rise in prayer to have a child naturally.
D: “Was the family aware of the hardships you were going through?”
C: “Not at all, relationships with the rest of the family are rather difficult. They do
not comprehend our faith”.
B: “It's true to say that our faith is deeply disputed. We didn’t say anything because we didn’t
want to give them a chance to criticize God.”
TD: “What was your state of mind during this time of prayer?”
B: “We were ready to accept the will of God.”
C: “But the Lord began to speak to us in various ways and showed us we were on the right path.”
B: “Indeed, not only was God giving us signs, prophecies, but also was speaking through his word. And the message was clear: he was going to give us the child we hoped for and this in a natural ways. So we did like Hannah (1 Samuel Chapter 1). We promised God to dedicate the child he would give us.”
D: And eventually God answered your prayers ...
C: “I remember on a Saturday morning, God had promised me he would answer our prayers. I was so happy that I spent all morning worshiping the Lord. Immediately after the prayer, I felt a pain in the stomach. Going to the toilets, I realized that I had my period. A great sadness invaded me, I felt discouraged. But soon I realized that I shouldn’t accept this sadness, I rose in prayer and I cast out the spirit of despondency. A month later, I noticed I had period delay. We hastily bought a pregnancy test. And to our delight the test was positive.”
B: “It seemed too good to be true, so we went to the doctor who treated our fertility problems.”
C: “The doctor confirmed I was pregnant. I remember the term he used and which was entirely appropriate. He told me that I had a precious pregnancy.
D: “How did the delivery go on?”
C: “I had a Ceasarean section. Bruno was allowed to come with me into the operating room. We were so glad that we kept on laughing despite cesarean section.”
B: That's how after two years of perseverance in prayer, Timothy was born in February 2004.
D: “Did you take away a lesson at all from this trial?”
C: As far as I am concerned, this event was the opportunity of undergoing brokenness. I was that kind of person who loved mapping everything out, I found myself having to rely only on God. I’ve learned to let the Lord direct my life.
D: Do you have any advice for couples who hope for a child?
B: We must trust in the sovereignty of God. We must keep in mind that God doesn’t have to give us children, and if he doesn’t: he must have valid reasons. For example if the couple is called to serve God through many missionary journeys, it is not compatible with having a child. Surely, God is sovereign and almighty!
C: Always accept the will of God despite the moments of doubt or discouragement.
B: Romans 8: 28 reads this: "We know, however, that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose."
D: Do you intend to have any other children?
C: We're still in the same state of mind. If God blesses us with another child, it will be a great delight; we wait on the Lord ...
B: Otherwise, we will remain just the three of us, and it will be just fine. May the will of God be done.
prislaine ¶April 8, 2016, 4:24 p.m.
I bless the name of the living God for this marvelous testimony. When i think that Lord gave them another child ( a litle boy), i'm so gratiful.
May Jesus remember about others couples who trust in him as he done for Cathy and Bruno.
Be blessed in our lord jésus.Reply
une soeur ¶April 9, 2016, 4:07 p.m.
Bonsoir soeurs! C'est possible d avoir la traduction en français de votre article et du commentaire? Je ne comprends pas l anglais du tout!Reply
Adèle ¶April 9, 2016, 5:11 p.m.
les articles écrits en langues étrangères sont des traductions de nos articles en français. Ce témoignage peut être lu dans le n°2 de notre magazine, consultable dans l'onglet magazine: https://www.lesdokimos.org/2013/12/02/dokimos-n2-les-signes-de-la-fin-des-temps/Reply
une soeur ¶April 11, 2016, 4:10 p.m.