CHAMPAIGN, Ill., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- When Dianne Leman married her college sweetheart, Happy, they dreamed of starting their careers and raising a large family. As she was one of six siblings and part of a large clan of 50 cousins, she took for granted fertility was a "no-brainer." But after seven years of marriage and exhausting all medical options, they despaired of ever conceiving. Yet today she is the mother of five, and grandmother of 16. What happened? She discovered God's cure for infertility and shares her insights in her just-published book, "We're Pregnant! How to Receive God's Cure for Infertility" (Fox and Hare Publications, February, 208 pages, $14.99).
April 23-29 is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), and while medical science continues making strides, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in eight couples in America struggles with the challenges of infertility (e.g. 15%)—a staggering figure. In the 1970s, Dianne Leman received a dire diagnosis from experts in Chicago who were leaders in the latest advances at the time—not only was she told she was lacking an ovary and fallopian tube, but her uterus had shrunk and, worse still, a large tumor had been detected, so her physicians recommended a hysterectomy. Adding to their bleak parenting picture, her husband was pualso diagnosed with a low sperm count. Her subsequent reproductive about-face not only resulted in the birth of their own children, but after more than 40 years of interacting with couples longing to be parents, she's also documented 150 births from around the globe resulting from God's intervention—including on behalf of couples who initially didn't even know if they believed in Him.
With a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois and her husband having obtained an MBA from the same institution, the Lemans considered themselves very rational and certainly well-educated individuals during the early days of their marriage—not the type to embrace "kooky religious ideas." However their desperation resulted in a surprise spiritual awakening in their lives, and they discovered there was healing for infertility from God.
After giving birth to their first child, she was soon reaching out to infertile couples to pass along what she had learned. Trent Meacham, former international pro basketball player, and his wife were among those she helped. "Di Leman walked alongside us in our journey from infertility to twins. She grew our belief in our God's goodness and His desire for us to have children. Her book is a game-changer, instilling fresh belief and new hope to any couple battling the painfulness of infertility." Dr. Prof. Alex Rhema Zachariah, M.D., a researcher with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said, "We're Pregnant! is a must-read book for all those wrestling with the painful problem of conception. Infertility is not normal; conception is normal. But every miracle of conception is a gift from God who is Life and the Giver of all life."
Today Dianne Leman is co-pastor of The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois with a membership of 3,000. As this self-help guide is specifically geared to the un-churched, it also provides a spiritual primer on how to access heavenly healing in seeking the blessing of children. Along with chronicling her own barren-to-motherhood miracle, We're Pregnant! also profiles nine other couples and their journeys to parenthood—after each similarly struggled with infertility for many years. A key lesson of the book is underscoring God wants to bestow children and an appendix of Scriptures are cited to support this and related topics of healing.
In tandem with her undergraduate work in special education and graduate degree, Pastor Leman received additional training from the Vineyard Leadership Institute and Vineyard Bible Institute, and she serves on the National Executive Board for the Vineyard Churches of America—one of their 600+ U.S. churches (2400+ Vineyard Churches in 95 countries globally). She and her husband founded a church together in 1978, the Good News Center of Urbana, IL, which began with just 25 people. They partnered with The Vineyard denomination in 1986.
She also leads The Vineyard's national teams for Women in Leadership and Spiritual Renewal, and is a frequent guest speaker for Christian women's events, retreats, conferences, and workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally. To learn more visit: www.DianneLeman.com.
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