“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Getting the call from the doctor that my test results came back abnormal again and further biopsies are needed the next day was not easy. It was easy however for fear to set in — thoughts of every scenario that might be. My husband’s faith and strength in God through every crazy test usually pushes me out of my thoughts. With him on the other side of the world asleep, God used this time apart for me to find that strength in Him alone without my pastor’s help. Remembering God holds our future and tells us not to worry for tomorrow! Same scriptures, different situations but always the same peace. I put my trust in Him knowing He is in control! Many praying for me, I reached every ounce of faith I could and walked into the appointment strong! Alone and yet not alone.
In the 5-10 business days of waiting for results, God kept showing me how important it is to remove cancer from our flesh. Cancer of every sin holding us captive how important it is for God to biopsy my heart over and over! The spiritual tests are always coming back that I need much more removed! I am overjoyed to say that the last physical test results have come back ok. Just waiting on some remaining bloodwork to have a full green light. The spiritual test results show that God and I still have a lot of work to do! I thank God that He used what I thought was a uterine prolapse to catch this early, for my husband who had unwavering faith that everything was fine, for all the prayer warriors and for the deep lessons these paragraphs can never do justice.
“Whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.” Romans 15:24
Newsletters have always been hard for me. I find this is true with most missionaries especially while we are stateside. It is hard to explain, but I will try. We find it hard to share we when are getting poured into and maybe feel less used as we go through extreme changes. While stateside we go through extreme highs and extreme lows. Feeling misunderstood many times simply because of our culture, the way we talk, dress, do everything has changed. Coming stateside has big hills and valleys. I am blessed that in this month being stateside, many have poured their love and encouragements on my boys and I. They are helping through the culture shock (yes, I get culture shock even though I grew up here) and the ups and downs of health and missing home. I am being discipled every week, and the boys are spoiled way too much by their grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins! One of the most significant ways you can help missionaries who are stateside is by inviting them to church events like my friends have been doing this last month. It has really helped a lot knowing we are thought of, remembered and welcomed even with everyone’s busy American life. This also gives time for our children to feel like they have friends since it is hard to make real friendships living on the other side of the world. Giving missionaries chances to share helps a lot. I can’t wait for tomorrow! I get to be interviewed for CC Pasadena on their internet radio station! They are so gracious to always ask us to come in and share what God is doing! So please continue to love on missionaries as they are stateside. Listen to their crazy stories and remember we are all just pilgrims on this earth trying to give God all the glory, we constantly fall and rely on each other’s prayers to help us back up until we see Jesus face to face.
- Teacher Ben has been emailing me and sent some photos. He shares that all the servants of the children ministry are still coming and enjoying the training I am able to send them each week. This really encourages me as I can’t wait to see all God will do through them and know God can still use me there while I am here! The children are doing well although they have popped all their balls so hoping Vincent can get some more as soon as the football/soccer tournament outreach is finished.
- Our children are doing well! Our Ugandan children are finishing up exams and preparing for break. Zachary and Ian are also doing well in school stateside. Zachary did well in his first evaluations, reaching or even surpassing most of the goals of his last IEP.
- The expansion of our wall is going well.
- Vincent has been invited to preach in an upcoming crusade in Arua.
- During the break, we went on the metro to see China Town and Olvera Street with fellow missionary Angela. God has placed it deep on Vincent and my heart to teach the boys about different countries and cultures. We are not sure why or what God has in store for their futures, but we know He has great plans.
- Please continue to pray as we are apart especially for the boy’s birthdays and holidays!
- Pray for the team from CC West Grove that is in Midigo right now!
- Pray for the soccer/football outreach that has been taking place this week. I’m hoping my hubby will remember to take photos for next month in-between sharing the gospel.
- Pray for one of the Muslim football/Soccer players, Agu Akbar, who recently lost his dad. He is going through depression, and Vincent has been counseling him.
- Our FaceTime has stopped working this week. FaceTime helps a lot while we are apart so please pray it will work again very soon.
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