"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your words produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything, is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things...And the God of peace will be with you."
These two passages are on my heart right now...today has been a tough day. I am emotional, I am missing my family, and now I am missing my dear friend, Lacey. There have been many discouraging things that have happened today and I find myself wanting to dwell on those. However, after receiving a pep talk from my hubby, I am getting back on track. I know God has a purpose, a plan, and a mission for me to accomplish in these next few weeks. I would not choose to be by myself right now...it is not what I want nor is it in my comfort level. However, I am choosing to see God in the little details around me, and what better time to experience the fullness of God! So I will persevere...
The first verse I wrote above came to mind as I thought about my time with Lacey. Her friendship is definitely one that is appointed by God. I just love her! We had an incredible time here in Africa, and I really believe we used each moment to the fullest. Lacey has a servant's heart. She is willing to do anything for anyone at anytime. She puts others before herself and truly loves others as Christ has commanded. Her heart is pure and she loves the Lord. I have loved spending every moment with her. It has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am so blessed to call her my friend. Thank you Lacey for your unending compassion, your faith, and your encouragement. I love you, sister! I am praying for your safe return and for lots of zzzzzz's on your Dubai flight *smile*
I know there are soooo many of you praying, and it delights my heart. I couldn't do it without your prayers. Now, I am calling all you prayer warriors to your knees on Katie's behalf...
She needs good medical care in the States and quickly. I cringe at the thought of having to wait another 2 to 3 weeks (not only because I am homesick but because of her health). We need a verbal and a written ruling to happen miraculously fast. Then I can meet with another official to get a cover letter, apply for the passport, and then the visa. The passport is typically taking 2-5 days and the visa is 24-48 hours. The verbal ruling is scheduled for Tuesday and the written ruling generally takes 2-7 days. I want this next process to be finished without delay.
Katie is responding better since being on the Amoxicillin. However her hemoglobin is so low, that she might need another blood transfusion. The nurse called me today and is very concerned about Katie's blood levels and she is suggesting I get her in for a transfusion. She is also dehydrated, and it is painstakingly hard to get her to drink water. (The other day I had to put a few drops of strawberry milkshake in her water to get her to drink!) I know Katie is feeling ill but I have gotten very mixed responses from the medical staff here on what to do for her. All I want is to get her to the USA before we seek any more medical treatment.
*Please join us in praying for strength and hydration in Katie's little body. The pain associated with sickle cell anemia is severe, so please pray for the pain to be totally eliminated. Pray for her hemoglobin levels to rise to a stable level. I know and believe with all my heart that God can cure her from this disease if it is His will. Nothing is too big for our God. So let's increase our faith together, and ask God for a miracle.
Praying with you and experiencing the presence of God,
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