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Rugby union player Sekope Kepu, and his wife Anna, welcomed their son Israel on March 14, a companion for their daughter Faith-Rose, aged around three and a half.

You may remember Sekope and Anna from the blog last year, as their son Wesley was stillborn in January 2011. They always believed that it was God’s plan for them to have another son, and they kept the name Israel for him. (Sekope is the Tongan form of Jacob, and in the Old Testament, Jacob was renamed Israel by an angel). They now feel that their faith has been rewarded.

Although they still miss Wesley, they are overjoyed to have Israel. They have been on an incredible journey together, and discovered a strength they didn’t know they possessed.