Thank you so much for praying for our family’s trip to Western Australia. We were there for a little over 2 weeks, June 7-22. While there we were able to take care of medical check-ups as well as spend some wonderful vacation time together as a family. DJ had a number of small skin cancers removed from his arms and hands. All were still small enough to be removed using dry ice, but it was emphasized again to us that he does need yearly check-ups to ensure that none of the cancers grow large enough to need surgery again. The area behind his ear where he had surgery last year has healed well and is still cancer-free.
All of the kids were also able to see a doctor, who agreed with Tyndale’s diagnosis of Henoch-Schonlein purpura. It has been almost a month now since Tyndale’s last “flare-up” of the rash, swelling, and severe joint pain. He did have a few speckles on his hands and feet and some joint pain while we were in Australia. He’s been completely rash free for several weeks now and only has intermittent mild joint pain, so we are hopeful that he is near the end of this illness. Thanks so much for lifting him up in prayer. Please be praying for Areli and Galilee as well. The doctor prescribed a daily medicine for them to try to reduce the severe migraines they have been having which interfere with their ability to function, attend school, etc. We’re planning to start this medication a few weeks before they start back to school, since that will give us the best indication as to whether it is working or not (most of their headaches come on when they are at school.)
Since coming back from Australia, we’ve jumped back into our ministry responsibilities here. DJ and the maintenance workers are getting 4 houses ready for the 3 families and one single lady who plan to arrive on July 20 to start their culture and language studies. In addition to getting ready to welcome our new students, we consultants are also preparing for stage 1 evaluations for the 3 current students, which will take place July 18 and 19 (yes, right before the new students arrive!)
Again, thanks so much for all your prayers, encouragement, and support.