Anyone who wants to send some encouragement to Caleb

Caleb's NEW Address:
132 Hillside Dr
Norfolk, NE 68701

Elkhorn Valley Bank
Caleb R. Baber Medical Fund
800 West Benjamin Avenue
P.O. Box 1007
Norfolk, NE 68702-1007
Phone: 402-371-0722

Recovery in full swing

Recovery in full swing

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Song I promised........

By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North
Why are you striving these days Why are you trying to earn grace Why are you crying Let me lift up your face Just don't turn away Why are you looking for love Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough To where will you go child Tell me where will you run To where will you run And I'll be by your side Wherever you fall In the dead of night Whenever you call And please don't fight These hands that are holding you My hands are holding you Look at these hands and my side They swallowed the grave on that night When I drank the world's sin So I could carry you in And give you lifeI want to give you life (Chorus 2x) Cause I, I love you I want you to know That I, I love you I'll never let you go
It is an AWESOME video if you can watch it!! Love, Tami

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Good Morning!

Hi all,
I thought I'd post a link to the newspaper article that my sister-in-law forwarded to me. It brought tears to my eyes.
Caleb is getting the word out about his kids in India in many ways. I am looking forward to seeing the video that he has to put together & hearing about his trip. Please continue to pray that God would give him extraordinary strength.
I've been told that he is also speaking at the Salvation Army Banquet later in March. It's kinda fun to see God move in so ways.
I am also looking forward to Carmen & Katie coming for Spring Break. Please pray for safe travel for them.
Todd is learning a new song to play on his guitar at church. The lyrics are really cool & when I get them, I will post them. I think you will appreciate them. When I look back on the last few months, I cannot get over God's Amazing Grace.....I loved it before, but I am in awe of it more & more everyday! Thank you for traveling this road with us! Love, Tami

Monday, February 23, 2009

Well, I'm India

It's a little harder to find internet here in Mumbai than I thought it would be. I am at the OM office now though, working on Windows 98 in case you were wondering. It does what I need for this at least, no pictures today though.

I'll begin with the trip here. I thought I would have a problem as traveling to the other side of the planet last time left me exhausted and hardly able to function. I found the exact opposite to be true. God gave me incredible strength to get through Denver International without a wheelchair and to the back of the first plane on crutches. I was expecting a little help but got none in the form of changing my seat. Then about 24 hours latter I was able to walk up the stairs of the hotel and get to bed in time for about 3 hours of sleep. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it went very well.

We went to the slum on sunday for church and worshipped with our Indian brothers and sisters for about 2 and a half hours. I was struck with the power of the prayers I heard and the testimonies told. God moves in hearts regardless of location, language, class or caste!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Office

We'll, I apologize for missing last night. My computer died and I forgot my charger at the office.

Wednesday was incredibly busy. I was asked to share my story with the office in the morning prayer time. It was the first time I had told my entire story to a group. It was hard in some ways but God totally freed me to speak with passion and clarity. I was then asked to speak 3 more times that day to different audiences all under a dozen or so people. It was encouraging to see my story take shape throughout the day, seeing it become more effective with less tangents every time.

That night I went with one of the lady's from the office to speak to her small group which was part of a much larger youth group. They had a time of praise at the beginning that culminated in the Newsboys' song "I Am Free." The chorus goes a like this:

I am free to run
I am free to dance
I am free to live for You
I am free

here's a video with the lyrics:

I couldn't even get passed the first line for a long was overwhelming, it brought me to tears that flowed and flowed...I mean, I'm not free to run or dance. It wasn't out of bitterness or pain but just genuine sorrow for what I had lost as an expression of my freedom in Christ. God brought me through the sorrow and into Hope and the last time through I was able to sing every word with all of my being, that I am FREE to live for Him...there's nothing else to it. God gave me some words recently that I shared with a dear friend and now I'll share with you all: "A good summation of what God has shown me through all of this is that you cannot lose any vital thing with which you are meant to honor Him." I believe that I'll again be able to run and dance but never again will I be able to do either without an incredible understanding of what each means and that every stride or step can be made honoring Him.

To move away from that incredible time where God met me, and into the time spent at the office. I've done two main things. I have busted my butt to get a clear vision for the video we're attempting to shoot while there. I have also been a brain to pick for Stasia who is heading the creation of Student Advocacy. I have enjoyed every minute of working with and around all at the office and wish I had much more time to spend working with them. I, for the first time since being injured, poured out myself into something outside of me and my recovery. It was awesome. It was a God-thing.

Now, I'm re-packing for the trip to India. I am very excited but also painfully aware of my limitations in both mobility and endurance. Please hold me and the body God has given me before His throne asking for every grace and strength to be poured out on me for His glory. I cannot complete even the journey there let alone the adventure waiting and the journey home without Him.

Thank you all for your support and prayers throughout my recovery and now in this trip back to India....back to the boys that God put on my heart three years ago almost to the very day!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Let the Journey begin

Hello everyone,

This is Caleb. I'm in Denver now. I got in with no trouble flying at all. Doug and I had lunch and then we just jumped right in at DFN's offices. Got to meet everyone and now know the others going on the trip with us. Got a few ideas for the video we're going to try to make while there. All in all it was a good day, kinda on the long side but I'm sure there's more where that came from. Well, I'll try to update daily for this trip but I'm not making any promises.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Long Time

It's been a long time, so I thought I'd update you. Caleb called me on Thursday Feb 5th & was upset because he bit off more than he could handle at this time by taking full time college credits. He's decided to withdraw. I know this was not easy for him.

We are still working on getting things changed to move home. The burn Dr does not come to Norfolk, so Caleb will need transportation to those appointments until we find a vehicle for him. It's not been an easy task. Rehab here in town shouldn't be very difficult to get lined up. I've got the paperwork started. The burn Dr told him about March 11th he should be ready for his left prosthetic.

Caleb got the final approval to go to India today. He is VERY excited! He wants to see those boys he has been supporting. Thanks to everyone who has helped him continue that support. Josh 3:13. We will keep walking forward, as the Lord leads. He has provided our every need thus far, I remind myself not to get weary. My Todd is very good at taking care of me.

We were given a referral for a neurosurgeon in Omaha. We also can get a referral to the Mayo Clinic for Caleb's left hand if it's needed. I will be trying to set that up while he's in India along with his ostomy reversal surgery. There is still a long way to go and lots for me to do.

Thank you all for your support! God has been sooooo good to us! Love, Tami

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

From Mom

I want to thank you Caleb, for posting. I appreciate anything you do to lighten the load!! I would like to let people know that Caleb is wanting to move home. He has been having so much fun hanging out with his friends that are here in town. And driving his little brother's vehicle. And going out to lunch with you, Lori.....First we need to see if the burn Dr comes to Norolk. Then we will get the ball rolling on our end. Line up therapy etc. Please be in prayer about this, that we would get everything lined up that needs taken care of. That we would be able to find a vehicle that Caleb can afford, so that he is able to get himself from point A to point B. Todd's & my job have been overly generous with letting us off work, but it would be SOOO helpful if Caleb is able to get himself around. We are trusting that God knows exactly what we need & we are trying to be patient & "know that I am God" .............I can never thank you enough for your prayers!!! Work has gotten busy, so I must go! Thank You again!!! Love, Tami

Monday, February 2, 2009

A little late

Well, I suppose I should talk about the surgery last wednesday since it's almost been a week. It went well, it took a while for me to feel good enough to leave, longer than normal anyway. I'm fine though. They casted it fully. Guess they don't trust me not to fall on it. I drove a bunch, it's going really well!