Joe and Laura Hays are an amazing young couple, full of faith and a desire to see the work of Christ spread in NYC. Not long ago, they started a church plant in Brooklyn, encouraged and supported by the wonderful Manhattan Church of Christ. But then Ira was born, and he's been in NICU for over four months. When you have time and a box of kleenex, catch up on the story of Ira Hays here. Go back through the past half year of blogs. I think you'll find insights about faith, lament, community, love, and grief that will enrich you. (Laura's poignant words of March 1 are not a bad place to begin. Remember that these are words of deep FAITH -- not unbelief! -- in the tradition of the psalms.) How do you pour your energy into a brand new church plant when your newborn son is struggling in ICU? Also, please check out this site, started by a family in Houston whose son, Noah Whaley, died this spring. There is a simple way to help share in the medical expenses that the Hays family is experiencing.