From Trial to Triumph!

Byron & Charnika Elliott

It all began in December 2002 when my husband and I discovered we were expecting our first child. I remember so plainly the tears that ran down Byron's face when we found out that I was pregnant with Noah. We were both speechless and overjoyed. We had been trying for a few years to conceive a child and although we had not given up, he was truly a surprise. He was to be the first grandchild on both sides of the family, so any one can imagine the excitement. The pregnancy appeared to be doing well. You would have thought we were having twins because at our baby shower, we received two of everything.

On July 8, 2003, at my thirty-eight week check up, my doctor informed me that there was no fetal heartbeat and my first child died. We immediately went into a short period of denial, because those words were hard to accept and to believe. On July 9, 2003, I delivered a 7-lb. 1-oz. baby boy, Noah Charles-Alexander Elliott. My husband and I felt as if our lives were over we did not know what to do or who to turn to but God because no one could fix our problem. Through our strong faith and belief that God makes no mistakes, we went on with our lives expecting different results with future pregnancies. In November 2003, we discovered that once again we would be parents. We were again overjoyed but at the same time filled with fear. The pregnancy seemed long and it was very stressful while we anticipated the arrival of yet another son.

On May 26, 2004, and at thirty-eight weeks, I made an emergency visit to the doctor with complaints of not feeling fetal movement. The doctors informed us, that our second son had also died. Those words left us empty, confused, angry and at the time suicidal. We were living the same nightmare all over again. We would have to face everyone, explaining another death and not a birth. My husband and I had now lost twice what we desired most in life. On May 27, 2004, I delivered an 8-lb. 2.7-oz baby boy, Christian Noel Elliott. I could not understand why God had allowed me to have two stillbirths, why he had allowed me to experience the pain of delivering those babies and then burying them. My husband and I really sought the Lord and He let us know that He was in charge.

We never lost our faith and we kept praising and worshipping God because our trust was in Him. In the midst of our storm, He still kept us. We began to seek Him for revelation of our purpose in life. About one month after the delivery and burial of Christian, God put it on our hearts to start a local community center in memory of Noah and Christian. At that present time, we were still unsure of what all the center would consist of and how it would operate, so we continued to pray for revelation of what we were to do

In November of 2004, through prayer, it was made evident what the vision and the purpose of the center were to be. I, Charnika Elliott, am a former third grade inner city schoolteacher and I have always had a passion to teach and make a difference in the lives of children by speaking life into their situations. The Noah-Christian Community Center is designed to do just that!

"The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
Romans 8:18

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