My dear friends, Sam and Rach Callander have almost completed a crowd funding campaign to create the Super Power Baby Project. The project is inspired by their daughter, Evie, who died almost 3 years ago. Evie had a rare chromosome disorder. Yet in the midst of all the medical information Sam and Rach were bombarded with, telling them everything Evie would not be able to do, they chose instead to give voice to the wonderful things Evie could do. Her ability to draw compassion and delight out of others, her laugh and so on. I believe this to be far more than mere ‘positive thinking’. This is about finding the dignity of a person, even if it is packaged differently, or seemingly hidden away. Sam and Rach teach us to ‘hunt for the treasure buried in the field’, and that it is worth forsaking all else to find it.
So now, Rach and Sam are starting the Super Power Baby Project to give voice and expression to all of the wondrous people God is hiding his image in in our world. You can find out more and contribute here.
The national media is picking up on this incredible story of hope and redemption. Against the tide of ‘life the way we like it’, Sam and Rach are helping us rediscover and reclaim the virtue of forbearance, of digging deep to find the hidden treasure, of making the radical claim that human life is not precious because of what a person can do or achieve, but because life was made for love. Through sharing life with Evie, these guys learnt that her ability to give and receive love was anything but impaired. Sure they had to learn a new language along the way, but isn’t that was love does? This is the holy ground they found. This is why treasuring Evie was such a sweet, painful joy for them and all who knew her.
Sam and Rach – bless you guys for the gift you’re giving this world, borne out of your love and your pain.