Since our last newsletter Justin was re-admitted to the hospital in South Africa and had to have a colon resection and colostomy placement. He spent 14 days in ICU with numerous complications. His body was just so weak from the infections that it took a long time and a lot of medical care for him to be released.
We were so blessed to have both sets of parents come to Africa to be with us through this very tough time. They have since returned home but it was such an encouragement and help to have them here. God knew what we needed and he brought them here to us :)
We are home now in Eswatini(Swaziland) and Justin is recovering well. His appetite is back and he is gaining weight and strength. With all the infections since December he lost almost 40 lbs.
We continue to follow up with his surgeon and he needs one final surgery to reverse the colostomy. The doctor is monitoring him and will make a decision on the date when he thinks Justin is strong enough for the surgery.We anticipate at least a week in the hospital and an additional week in South Africa for that.
We are so grateful for everyone's prayers, texts, phone calls, visits, and donations during this time. God always puts people in place to remind us we are not alone. He is always with us and never stops taking care of us!
The people in the community where we live have been very concerned about Justin. You see, when someone enters the hospital here they likely will not come home. The mortality rate is very high. So while we were gone the community was praying for us and they were so happy to see Justin come home.
We've had numerous visits from the members of our community to check on Justin.
One visit in particular happened right after we got home. Our neighbors came to see us and pray for Justin. It was a beautiful time to hear them sharing scripture and praying in Siswati to our Lord to give Justin strength and healing. We were humbled and blessed to see the fruits of our work here in the community coming full circle. What an affirmation from the Lord that we are right where He wants us.
I am going to do a separate blog post with other stories about what God has been doing in the community during this season and the relationships He is cultivating. Check back later on the blog for more stories.
We were finally able to take possession of our cows. They arrived two weeks ago and are loving their new home. This is the beginning of our project to provide beef and income for long term sustainability here. We have hired two men in the community to help with the cows. This is a dream come true to provide jobs in our community!
We are continuing to be blessed with donations for the baby home. We recently had a team from the US come for an afternoon to visit and bring donations of clothes, sheets, bibs, toys, and more.
After much prayer and confirmation we have put registering the home on hold until Justin's final surgery is completed and he has recovered. Once we submit everything to the government we are on their time line and if we are not available for meetings we will not be seen favorably. We do however need to continue raising funds so that when we are ready to register we have the funding in place for opening with no delays. If you would like to partner with us and provide a one time or monthly donation click on the ministry support tab at the top.
Continued healing and strength for Justin
Emotional healing for us as we process these last few months
For God to continue to deepen our relationship with the people in our community and glorify Him
Complete funding for the Baby Home
The Lord gives strength to His people;
the Lord blesses His people with Peace.
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