Anje Botha

About Me: 

Willie & Anje Botha, parents to daughters Magdel(11 years) and Ingrid (6 years). Ingrid was born with rare chromosome translocation, complete agenesis of corpus callosum & refractory, intractable West syndrome. Lives in Pretoria, South Africa. 1 Corinthians 4:1 "Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God."

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Hidden Truths

Mark 9:24: ‘Immediately the father of the child cried out, and said with tears “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” ‘ In three of the gospels (Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-29, Luke 9:37-42) there is an account of a sick boy that was healed by Jesus. Matthew 4:24 differentiates between epilepsy and demon possession – it seems as if the boy had epilepsy-like symptoms, but Mark noted that he had an unclean spirit. Nonetheless, from the three accounts I am able to draw the following picture of what happened in my mind: Jesus came upon a large crowd and scribes disputing, arguing and bickering with...
Disability Concerns
  • To mourn a child.

    There are losses so profound that special words are used to describe a new state of being – when you lose a parent you are called an orphan, bereaved spouses are called...

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  • Six-and-a-half plus two years on ...

    Shakespeare, who lost a son at the age of eleven, wrote in Macbeth:

    "Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak, whispers the o'erfraught...

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  • I agree that with advancements in medical research we become both hopeful and worried.

    With infertility treatment, many couples can now have a family and raise children. Many diseases can...

  • A short article in Creation Magazine, 35(4)2013 (from Creation Ministries International), caught my interest. A UK politician compared disabled children to deformed lambs with five legs or two...

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  • One of the most baffling comments to me is: "You are such a strong person, the LORD knew who to give this child to".

    Not all handicapped children are well taken care off - such as the...

  • Hallo Sara,

    I read your family's blog regularly - your journey are a part of my family, so many experiences resonates with us. We pray for you and your family.

    As Willie said - we...

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  • A pearl of great price

    Shortly after Ingrid’s diagnosis, my wife showed me an analogy which describes parenting a disabled child – Welcome to Holland. I’m sure many parents of disabled...

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  • Hallo Melissa,

    Thank you, As Sara said in a previous post - we learn to live with grief, and it shapes us.

    One of my favourite Afrikaans poets (SJ Pretorius) wrote:

     

    ...

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  • To Melissa, on 24 February

    I often think of everyone I've met on the forum.

    To Melissa & family: my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time. Thank you for reaching out to...

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  • It is no easy task to hold your disabled ill child, wondering what the next right thing is to do, how to alleviate her pain and discomfort – the plea to God ever present to see...