Friday, May 26, 2017

Preparing to Return to Argentina

It is already May 2017.  Where has the time gone?  The time has been filled with miles and smiles.  Trips all over these United States and precious times with friends and family.  It has felt weird that this time at home in the USA, it has only been the two of us traveling around, as our 19 and 22 year old kids have been busy with their own lives...  church involvement, work, school, and friends.

It also feels weird that when we go back this time, it will only be two of us boarding that plane and only two of us arriving in the Patagonia to set up for another term of service at the Patagonian Bible Institute.  This reality brings with it a range of emotions.  It will be a new chapter in our lives.

How will we face this new reality?  We will trust God with our children as we always have, and we will obey what we believe he is asking of us.

We have learned over the years that the Lord's timing is perfect.  We have been here for over a year and are still working to raise our funds so that we can return to Argentina.  It seems to be taking longer this time, but we will keep pressing on and doing what we know to do and trusting God for his provision.

Considering that this year we are also dealing with health issues, our extended time here has not been unwelcome.  Although we know we cannot be here indefinitely to be with Jeremy as he  deals with his health issues, we are thankful that we can be here this particular week as Jeremy is being evaluated at UCSF for his problem with seizures.

Also, for several years now, Eddie has been dealing with a miserable pain on the side of his face.  It is a condition called Trigeminal neuralgia.  It is an intense pain that comes in waves, stays for a few days, goes away for a spell, and then comes back and stays for another short stint.  He has seen doctors in Argentina and here in California for this condition.  He has taken pain medication which doesn't seem to be helping very much.  More recently, he has been referred to Stanford Pain Management Clinic and is scheduled for an appointment in a couple weeks.  It is our prayer that this will be able to be taken care of in a significant way before we leave to Argentina.

In the mean time we are packing and trying to prepare for our departure.  It is a bit difficult because we are traveling so much, but the time has come for getting serious about our upcoming move.  These last weeks are going to fly by.

Thanks for your prayers.  They are much appreciated.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Update on Jeremy... One year later...

God Is Good

I can't believe that this year has just flown by.  It has been almost a year since Jeremy's near drowning that brought his medical condition to the forefront of our lives once again.  We are so very thankful that God has had his hand of protection on Jeremy's life all these years.  We do not know God's specific plans for Jeremy's life but we do know and believe God's word which says in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  We believe this and declare it over Jeremy's life, for he belongs to the Lord.

Since that scary incident a year ago, Jeremy has been on medication, which has had it's side effects.  Most notably, weight gain.  Jeremy's local neurologist has referred Jeremy to the doctors at UCSF to see if they can uncover the mystery of why he experiences seizures.  So this week, Jeremy has been admitted to UCSF for another spell of monitoring.  We have been praying and believing that the doctors will capture something this time around that will help them help Jeremy.  This is the only time we pray for a seizure and ask others to pray that something will happen while he is all hooked up.  Thank you in advance for your prayers!