Ten years ago this morning, February 28, 2008, Victoria Grace Coté was born. Ten years ago tonight, we were amazed at God’s victory by His grace, that she not only lived past birth, but was still breathing into her first evening. Little did we know how great this victory would be as she would miraculously continue into her 6th day before entering into His presence on March 4, 2008.
For all of us, the temporary “fallen” clouds often block our vision of eternal new creation glories. As we continue to press ahead into His victory, we ask ourselves: Since Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy and share with us His victory, why do the lies of the defeated foe still de-humanize us through insecure identity, broken relationships in family, limited perspectives on suffering, lack of purpose, distance from home, distorted hope; all with no lasting peace?
For a decade, the unfolding story of Victoria Grace’s legacy has answered this question. Her life, seemingly de-humanized before birth and defeated by death soon after, reveals our King’s victory over the enemy’s lies; shared with us by His grace through true identity, true family, true suffering, true purpose, true home, true hope, and true peace.
During this past decade, our hope in God’s victory has only increased, even as we have further entered into the suffering of children. Many continue to join us in this journey. On her birthday, we give thanks for some of the children that see past the clouds and joyfully serve other children through Victoria’s Little Lambs Fund…
Victoria’s Montana cousins and friends have raised money to help children with Victoria’s Fund through a lemonade stand (fun fact: everyone pictured has been to Peru, with her cousins planning to visit again very soon!). Her cousin, Laney, explains the purpose of their lemonade stand…
The children of Zion Church of Millersville, including many of Victoria’s cousins and friends, faithfully take an offering every Sunday in Kids’ Church. To-date they have contributed more than $2,500 to help children around the world through Victoria’s Little Lambs Fund!
Anybody wishing to join these children in supporting Victoria’s Fund can send a check payable to “Zion Church of Millersville,” 317 N George St, Millersville, PA 17551. Simply designate it “Victoria’s Fund” in the memo.
Stories of children graced by God’s victory have lined our path since that morning in the hospital, where God’s peaceful presence overcame heartbreaking suffering. Here is another story that connects the victory to a child, and shows us the heart of the kingdom of God. Our dear Peruvian friend, Tiffany Nuñez, is newly married and has completed five years of medical school (made possible through the support of Victoria’s Fund). She now works in her internship (currently in pediatrics) at a hospital in Bolivia. This week she wrote to us the following (in Spanish, which we would not have understood ten years ago!):
“I wanted to share with you my love for a two month old baby. He arrived with those [who had no legal right to have the him], because they did not have any documents, and it turned out that they were not the relatives of this baby…Please pray a lot for him in these few days. I love him very much and I prayed for him, but it has been hard to say goodbye to him; my heart broke because he left, but I trust that God will always take care of him…Let’s pray that God can create a beautiful home for him.”
Indeed, after ten years, one child being loved continues to impact another child being loved, one life at a time, and through it all Jesus reveals to us His kingdom’s victory by His grace.
Isaiah 41:8-10 (NASB)
8 “But you, Israel, My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
Descendant of Abraham My friend,
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, ‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and not rejected you.
10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
“There can never be any mistake about the hurt of the Lord’s word when it comes to His child; but the point of the hurt is the great point of revelation.”
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, March 1