The Peace of God
To our friends and saints in Christ Jesus,
We thank God for each of you and are grateful for your faithful prayers. As you know, Wesley left several weeks ago to help care for his dad who had a stroke on the brain and various other infirmities as a result of this. Praise God his recovery has gone better than expected!
While we are grateful for this good news, our family is experiencing challenges one after another. We ask that you continue to pray for us and our extended family for the following:
Wesley's dad was in an automobile accident on Monday. His jaw is broken with other facial fractures, a large, deep gash in his mouth, and other superficial injuries. He is scheduled to have surgery in Louisville today. It's been challenging finding a surgeon, so please pray that all will go smoothly today . Pray that Wesley will be a light to those he encounters during this time.
My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is scheduled for a lumpectomy on Friday. One month following, she will begin radiation five days each week for several weeks. The doctors won't know if the lymph nodes are affected until the surgery. We are grateful my parents are at peace with this, but ask that the Lord give them strength through Him in the days ahead.
Ezra fell ill on Sunday with a high fever, headache, neck and backache. His Covid ATK test at home was negative, so as he worsened, we chose to take him to the hospital. Their test was positive for Covid; however, his fever broke in the night, and we praise Jehovah Rapha that he has improved each day and is now testing negative. Thankfully, the rest of us have remained healthy, though we are currently in quarantine.
Our visas are due for renewal before next Wednesday. We should be free to go to Immigration on Friday if everyone remains well. Please pray for this.
No stars gleam as brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky. No water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand. And no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
Acts 14:22 tells us "that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." Certainly we cannot claim to have experienced the tribulation of the first century Christians, yet we know that the Lord allows them in order to put our faith to the test. May we remain steadfast in our walk with Him as we walk through these trials.
You cannot know the depth of appreciation we have for your faithful prayers. It is truly the hand of God and the prayers of the saints that help sustain us in these times.
That All May Hear,
Luke, Lydia, Micah and Ezra