Ignite Ministries is passionate about ministerial Support for children and their families who have been affected by time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We spent the first weeks of our children’s lives in one of these units. We know how stressful the situation can be, the lack of answers constant concern for the welfare of your child and not knowing what comes next. We have been through this and God has allowed us to go through this trial so that we can minister about how God supported us through this time of Crisis.
We have Volunteers that can talk with you and pray with you through this tough time. They have all experienced the pressures that Premature birth and can bring. We are here to to help you through these times. We are connected with large Prayer groups and would be happy to add your child and family so that we can pray for you.
We began this ministry because our boys were placed into the NICU in Tulsa, OK. Dalton was admitted into the NICU immediately after birth in June of 2000. He had some breathing issues, but his main problem was eating. Being born 6 weeks early he wasn’t able to swallow so the doctors had to hold him up and stimulate his throat in order to get him to eat. Before he was able to leave the hospital he had to be able to drink enough milk from the bottle by himself without anyone stimulating his throat. He was there for 3 weeks.
10 years later in July of 2010, our youngest son, Dexter was admitted into the NICU 12 hours after birth due to breathing problems. He had what is called transient tachypnea (TTN), which is when the baby’s breathing is more rapid and labored than normal, caused by water being on the lungs. It is also referred to as type II respiratory distress syndrome. Babies with TTN usually have to be on a breathing machine or a CPAP machine to help them clear their lungs. Dexter’s lungs collapsed 24 hours after birth and he was put on a ventilator and sedated until his lungs were clear and he was able to breathe on his own without his respiratory rate dropping. Dexter was on the ventilator and under sedation for a week. He was not expected to live.
Dexter’s lungs cleared, and as soon as he was able to eat from a bottle he was downing his milk like a champ. He got to come home 4 weeks after being born, and was considered the “Big Guy” of the NICU because he weighed 6 pounds when he was admitted, the nurses gave him that nickname.
NICU Ministry is a part of Ignite Ministries we formed our Ministry based around our trials during our children time in the NICU, along with the blessing received from God during our darkest
We didn’t have a home church at the time, and no one from the hospital stopped by to pray with us. We had family and friends praying for the boys but no real spiritual guidance.
Our son made it through by the Grace and Healing of God. Now 5 years later, he is a happy, normal 5 year old boy. He loves playing. Years later I entered the Ministry called by God to serve, and having a special calling to use my experiences to help others.
We formed Ignite Ministry and specifically NICU Ministry to help families going through what should be a joyous occasion but with little information and a lot of stress can be one of the most difficult times in their lives.