Marian Wright Edelman stated, “If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”
Mike & Ho’olu Cravalho had prophetic word 3 years after they got married that they will have a child “of our own heritage.” They both had physical conditions that prevented them from conceiving children. Because God promised them a child, they decided to see specialists for possible ways to conceive. They visited five different specialists; all who said that it was impossible. But they kept holding onto the promise of God. They found a specialists who was willing to work with them, and over the course of three years went through the process of trying to conceive. They experienced multiple miscarriages as well as different complications throughout the entire process. Because it wasn’t covered under insurance, they had to pay out of pocket for all of the expenses. A cost totaling over $20,000. The doctor suggested IVF or Invetro Fertilization, which was their best shot at pregnancy. This required Ho’olu to take 5 shots daily (stomach, back, and legs) for a period of 3 months, with no guarantee of a pregnancy. After the 3 months, they were able to retrieved 4 eggs, 3 turned into embryos. Three embryos were transferred into her uterus, 2 of which latched on. TWINS!
But complications happened in the first trimester, and they lost one. Only one remained. As they were going through this whole process, they continued to be faithful in other areas, honoring God by going on missions trips, doing ministry, loving others. They didn’t want the promise of God to become an idol in their lives. They even had friends and loved ones had kids during this time and they celebrated with them, all the while holding onto the promise of God, their own heritage. Eleven years after the received the prophetic word, on November 19th they gave birth to Hilinaʻi Kaʻohuokapahukuʻi Keone Cravalho who came in at 6lbs 8.6oz and 19″. A beautiful and healthy baby girl! They named her after the principle they lived by. Hilina’i means to believe, trust, to lean on, to rely on, confidence. A verse they confessed after the birth was James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” They acknowledged God for his faithfulness and for fulfilling His promise for them. It was an emotional rollercoaster throughout the entire process, but seeing the baby made it all worth it. A family member mentioned to them, “this was the moment you’ve been waiting your entire lives for.” And they said, “No. God is bigger than this miracle. He’s got more in store for us!”
- Where did you grow up?
- Who inspired you most in your growing up years?
- How has the Lord helped you through tough times?
- What would you say to someone who’s going through a difficult time right now?
James 1:17 says “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”