So I am a little behind schedule but wanted to post our 7 year old, T-man’s birthday! We invited the missionaries and visitors for a birthday party that night complete with mac-n-cheese and applesauce (a rare treat here!). The favorite gift was from his sisters—arrows and holder for his bow.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I thought I would share some verses that have been an encouragement to me. God says. . .
Because he has loved Me and has known My name. . .
I will deliver him.
I will set him securely on high.
I will answer him when he calls on Me.
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him.
I will honor him.
I will satisfy him with long life.
I will let him see My salvation.
Praise God for his promises! I pray He will teach me to love Him more.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A thanks goes out to Gayla who asked me to put a picture of Angel and Joann on the blog. One of our interns took this picture and I think it is such a good picture of both of them. They are doing well and adjusting. Thank you everyone for your prayers for them.
Monday, July 13, 2009
A grandmother brought a baby, Aaron, to the orphanage today. Her daughter is not well and is staying with relatives while she the grandmother takes care of the baby along with 4 other children. Aaron was getting only one or two meals a day and is 8 months old. Our family agreed to take him for the night to find out if he sleeps through the night and help get him get on a feeding schedule before moving him to one of the houses. This afternoon, he began feeling quite warm so I took his temperature and it was 102.5! We tested him and he has malaria. We are so thankful he is here to get the medical care he needs. Needless to say, we will be keeping him a few more days. He is a sweetie and has captured our hearts.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
We got word that Angela died this morning in the hospital. Our hearts ache for the suffering that this little girl went through here on earth and yet rejoice that her suffering is now over. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray those here who loved and cared for her for the short time she was here especially for Claudia and her girls. Pray also for God to use this in Angela’s family to bring a realization of the great love of a heavenly Father! Thank you again for praying!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thank you to everyone for praying for Angela. Just got word that she made it through the night-Praise the Lord! She is on iv and feeding tube but opened her eyes when Claudia said her name this morning. The doctors said it will be a miracle if she makes it. We believe in the God of miracles. Thank you for your prayers! We will keep you updated.
On a much smaller scale, I am doing better and had a good night last night. I take my last dose of Coartem (malaria meds) this morning so hopefully I am on the road to recovery. Thank you for praying for us as well.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
A little girl came to our orphanage on Monday who was so malnourished and the hospital told us that she would die if they let her go anywhere but to us. Claudia, another missionary here took her into her home feeding her small amounts of chicken broth and eventually having to give her a blood transfusion. We just got news that she started having heart failure and Claudia and Bob are on the way to the hospital. Please pray for little Angela and for wisdom for doctors and nurses and those with her.
We would appreciate your prayers as malaria has hit our family again. I (Amy) got it this time. We would appreciate your prayers as we have our largest team here and Mark is also fighting a cold. I have been on medicine since Tuesday evening so getting better but I am just ready to be over it. The fever and aches continue.
As I have had time to reflect on all this, I realize that I am still so blessed. As I lay in my comfortable bed in my house made of brick and concrete, I realize there are people in the next village over who live in mud huts and have no means of transport except to walk 30 minutes to an hour to our clinic to get the malaria medicine needed for them to get better. I feel weak and tired but can’t imagine how they feel after walking that distance just to get medicine. Unfortunately, the majority of the time we have been here, GSF clinic has been closed to the nearby villages due to the lack of medical personnel. So if we are not open they have to go further and possibly not get the medicine for free. As you pray for us, please pray for more medical personnel so we can reach out to the community around us.