It has been some time since we have written a newsletter. It seems every time we sit down to give an update something happens and it gets postponed. It has been a whirlwind the last few months. Please bare with us as we try to get you caught up on our life's events.
We were scheduled to go to the US and Jen received word her grandmother was not well. She changed her ticket and left two weeks early to be with her grandmother and family. Justin joined her after getting everything settled in Swaziland. Her grandmother passed away and it was such a blessing for Jen to get to see her and spend time with her before she passed. She is walking with Jesus now, of this we are sure!
We were able to visit with many people and churches and give updates on ministry and share vision for the baby home. It was an encouraging, uplifting, blessed time with fellow believers. We are well on our way to the baby home being opened and fully funded. We'll talk more in a minute about current needs.
After returning from the US we resumed our discipleship ministry in Swaziland and started decorating and prepping the baby rooms. On Christmas day Justin was not feeling well. It seemed to be a stomach bug which is not uncommon here. But at 3am following Christmas he woke up with pain and his fever spiked to over 103 and despite medication and cooling it was only getting higher.
We are unable to obtain advanced healthcare in Swaziland so we waited for the border to open at 7am and drove to South Africa. He was taken to a hospital where they admitted him with severe diverticulitis after labs and a CT scan. He was hospitalized and given IV fluids and antibiotics for a week. This was a new diagnosis. He had never had this before. We stayed a few days in South Africa to make sure he was recovering. Everything was fine and we returned home.
Upon returning home Justin's pain and fever returned. We drove back to South Africa and after a very scary few hours of labs, scans, and prepping for surgery to remove part of his colon, the Lord calmed the raging storm and he was readmitted for diverticulitis, an inflammatory mass in his colon, and they noted that one of the areas of diverticulitis had ruptured at some point but had sealed off (God gets all the credit!). After a week of IV fluids and antibiotics, pain medication, and nothing to eat or drink, the infection and inflammation were healing. Although we were exhausted and scared. God never left us and he sent many earthly angels to support and encourage us along the way.
Justin is now home in Swaziland recovering. He is tired but gaining strength everyday. He is on a liquid only diet for continued healing of his colon and until his follow up colonoscopy with the doctor the first week of March. We are making lots of home made soup and he is drinking supplements.
Thank you all for your prayers for us. We know God hears and he responds. You are our warriors in this battle. Please continue to pray for strength, healing, and for God to reveal His will in all of this. We love Him and continue to serve Him all of our days!
We continue to move forward with the baby home and are in the process of registering it with the government. This will take time, meetings, and paperwork and we are prepared for it. We will keep you updated on the progress as we proceed.
If you would like to donate to the baby home you can go to the ministry support tab and give online or mail a check. We will need to be fully funded by the time we open the doors so there will be no delay in taking in babies. Your support goes to buying diapers, formula, baby food, salaries for the ladies helping with the babies, and so much more!
In His service,
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