Jacob and Naomi going to see the cows, a bit of exercise
Happy 2nd Birthday Naomi!!
Thank you all for praying for Jacob and our family over the last month as we were medevac’d to Australia for Jacob’s broken leg. And thank you for praying for our travel back to PNG! We had help from so many people as we traveled, it was amazing! And we are so glad to be back in PNG! It has been so cool to see the body of Christ work in this whole ordeal!
We are at the NTM Centre now staying at a guest house apartment. The doctor here said that we should plan to be here for a month as Jacob continues to rest and keep weight off his leg. In about a weeks’ time he will have an x-ray to see if the bone has healed. If so, he will be able to put weight on his leg and start with some more physical therapy in order to regain the strength in his leg so he can walk again. Jacob is seeing progress in the movement and strength, and feeling less pain, in his leg each day. So we are encouraged!
We are so thankful that Jacob only has a broken femur and the surgery to put in a rod, screws and cables will bring him back to his normal self. We have heard many stories of people who have fallen and have had so many more injuries that affect them for a lifetime. The surgeon that fixed Jacob’s leg, actually refused to do the surgery until he had a second, more complex, scan on his spine because he didn’t believe that Jacob could have no spinal injuries after a fall from 16 feet. So Jacob went through more pain to have this scan and the doctor announced that miraculously there were no spinal injuries, only a broken femur!
-The many people in the body of Christ that helped us get to Australia for Jacob’s broken leg!
-Watching God provide in little and big ways as we suddenly flew to Aussie… friends already there to help in every way we needed!
-Great doctors and nurses in PNG and in Australia for Jacob’s surgery and recovery!
-Jacob’s leg is healing very well!
-Insurance is paying for all of Jacob’s medevac expenses!
-We were given large gifts of money to cover the cost of accommodations for Beth and the kids while Jacob was in the hospital as well as tickets for them to fly back to PNG!
-God gave Beth ability to drive around Australia on the “wrong” side of the road with two children in the back seat!
-Update on Maliyali tribe – The Earl family and Rimestad family are plugging away at learning language and culture! The Mueller family is heading back to PNG in just a few days!
-Update on the Pei tribe – Chris Jones has had a successful surgery on this foot and it is healing well! The Rees family and Candace Swift are enjoying home assignment in the US.
– Naomi, is now 2 years old, she is healthy: walking, running and talking like crazy! No side effects from her NCM condition! After 2 years, the chances of developing side effects are very slim.
-Opportunity to be involved in all that God is doing in the Sepik region of PNG!
-Opportunity that Jacob had to go into Tanguat and finish what they planned to do for the bush house build before he was medevac’d.
-A God who sent His Son to die for our sins and rose him up so that we could have daily life abundantly and REST in Him!
-God’s continued provision for our needs moment by moment!
-Chen family, as Gail Chen battles cancer.
-For all the Sepik missionaries involved in language and culture learning, literacy, Bible lesson preparation and Bible Translation.
-The Jones family, part of the Pei team, currently at home in the US due to a very bad cut and infection in Chris Jones’ foot, who had Achilles tendon surgery, pray for continued quick healing so they can return to PNG in the new year!
-The Meyer family as they just moved into Kaje and are currently starting the preparation for house building and starting to learn the language and culture.
-Jacob as he continues to rest and let his leg heal.
-Jacob’s ability to work hard as soon as he is able to put weight on his leg so it would heal well and quickly.
-Provision for the finances to cover replacement prescription safety glasses, which he was wearing when he fell, as well as provisions for other misc expenses that come when you suddenly move to Australia with a small amount of luggage for 3 weeks!
-That we would remember that God holds everything together including us! And He is working all around us!
-Rest in God as we enjoy being parents of two children!
-God would continue to raise up more missionaries to come to the Sepik and bring the Gospel to those who have never heard it their own heart language.
-More laborers to minister to the Bena people.
-David Lee and Heti (Bena believer) continue to teach the Bena, where David and Wendy Lee used to live, pray for more Bena brothers and sisters in Christ!