His Mom Is 2,000 Miles Away, but Those Tears Are Tears of Joy – Henry Rivera Is Miraculously Hearing Her Voice for the First Time.

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We’ve seen our share of heartbreaking moments brought about by the miracle of hearing. Cochlear implants have transformed lives and faces, wetting eyes with tears of joy and confusion time and time again. But for seven-year-old Henry Rivera, that moment is more faith-filled and miraculous than most. See, kids in Guatemala don’t regularly ahve access to hearing aids or cochlear implants. But Henry received his at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Why? When Erin Van Oort met Henry in Guatemala, she knew her Spanish was a little rusty, but couldn’t figure how she was so bad that the little boy couldn’t even reply to her. The villagers told the missionary that Henry had been deaf for as long as anyone could remember. She worked with doctors, Ray of Hope Missions and the Guatemalan government until Henry made his way to surgery. And this moment is beautiful.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.