“People said it would be hard, but we feel like Jacob’s life has saved us.”
Jacob’s life so far has not been an easy one, but it has made an eternal impact.
Jacob was born two months early with a very rare condition called non-immune hydrops. He was not expected to survive his birth, and he was immediately taken to the hospital’s NICU and put into a medical coma to shield him from pain.
When his parents were on their way to sign a “Do Not Resuscitate” form, they cried out to God for help. When they reached his room, Jacob unexpectedly opened one eye, showing his first sign of life.
Jacob still faced many challenges, and his family realized a profound need for God’s peace in their lives.
The family’s faith was further challenged when Jacob’s dad, Bill, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2016. During his battle, Jacob’s classmates sent encouraging cards to their family. Bill and his wife, Leslie, could feel the constant prayers of the staff and students.
Leslie found comfort in knowing that while she was caring for her husband, Jacob was also being supported and loved at Elim. Now a seventeen-year-old student in Elim’s school, Jacob’s presence in their family and his involvement at Elim constantly illuminates the love of Jesus.
Bill passed away from cancer in August of 2017, but Jacob’s family knows he is now resting in the arms of his Savior.
Jacob and his parents were not the only members of his family to find joy at Elim. The family celebrated when Jacob’s brother met his wife, an aide in Jacob’s classroom.
Through Elim, their family grew and was strengthened. According to Jacob’s mom, “I could not deny Christ after having been involved at Elim. The support of a Christ-centered school is amazing for any parent, whether their child has a disability or not. Because I know Elim, Jacob, and what he’s brought to our family and life, I can’t imagine not knowing God. Jacob and his Elim friends are disciples of Christ.”
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