"Please take her," the mother whispered and died.
Twenty-three year old Lillian Trasher had only been in Egypt three months when she became guardian of this dead mother's baby.
If Lillian hadn't taken her in, baby Fareida would have died. But Lillian's mission group refused to have a baby in their mission house.*
So Lillian became a single mother alone in a foreign land. And she found that as she daily cared for baby Fareida, Jesus daily cared for her.
Living on faith alone, Lillian eventually became known as "the Nile Mother," caring for 10,000 orphans, widows, homeless, and blind Egyptians during her fifty year ministry.
When asked her secret, Lillian replied, "There isn't any secret. I just stayed! I did not quit. I stayed with the work God gave me."
Whatever God calls us to do, let's not become weary, "for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
* The mission director told Lillian to return Fareida to her extended family or leave the mission house. Fareida was sickly, and her extended family planned to drown her if Lillian didn't take her.
Source: Lillian Trasher, the Greatest Wonder in Egypt, Janet and Geoff Benge, YWAM publishing
While I recommend this book in the series, I do not recommend all of the books in this series.