Hi! We just wanted to say thank you so much for your prayers and concern for Simon and our family during this tough time. We praise the Lord for His tender care over Simon and for giving the surgeons in Australia wisdom during his surgery.
Simon had a metal plate and twelve screws put in his smaller leg bone right above the ankle and will have those for a year unless there is a problem with infection. The doctor told him he would need to have the cast on for six weeks and then physical therapy begins. So, it will not be an easy time for him having to lay off the physical activities, but we are praying that the Lord would use this time to draw Simon closer to Himself. Thanks for your continued prayers for his healing. David and Simon flew back up to PNG on Sunday and Simon was able to be back in school on Monday. David flew home to the bush today so we’re all happy to be together again. We have been apart a lot this past month, but the Lord has sustained us and comforted us and we praise Him for that.
Sunday morning, church was packed and Raymond taught the lesson in Acts 6,7 about Steven’s message right before he was martyred. There were some neat comments afterwards and I also shared briefly how my heart was very encouraged when I read ch. 7 verse 56 about how Steven saw Jesus “standing” at the right hand of God, and how when His people suffer, Jesus isn’t just sitting down relaxing, He stands up and takes notice of our pain. Please pray for the believers as they go around visiting different homes in the villages around us this week. They really have a burden for those who don’t have a personal relationship with Christ and are without the hope of eternal life.
On Sunday afternoon we had some unwanted excitement just as Lori and I were sitting down to relax and do some card stamping at my house. A large crowd showed up with a toddler who had fallen down a cliff while the mother was working in her garden. The toddler was unconscious, his head was swollen, and his pupils were not dilating. Then the mother walked up and she had a huge gaping head wound with the skull exposed, and two other deep wounds, one on her hand and one on her leg. They said when the toddler fell down the cliff (about 30 metres), the mother went scrambling after him and fell down the cliff as well, getting severe wounds on the way down from the sharp branches sticking out of the ground. I had never worked on such a terrible head wound before, and it was pretty scary. But I worked on cleaning and bandaging her head while Lori worked on her leg and hand. I then talked to our doctor on the radio to find out what we should do about the mother and her unconscious baby. He said there is not much we could do other than to get the baby and the mother out to the Goroka hospital. The woman, her baby, and her husband, stayed at Raymond’s house on Sunday night and the believers all gathered together there to pray for and share the gospel with them. The next morning our mission plane came in and took them out to Goroka, but it didn’t look like the baby was going to make it. Please pray that the doctors in town would not give up on him but try to save his life, and that the parents would come to know Christ through this deep trial. This is their only child.
Thanks again for your prayers for us and our ministry. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Love in Christ,
Shari for the family