“Oh! I thought you headed back already?!” That’s usually the reaction we get as we bump into folks here in Maryland. Many of you are aware that we were planning on heading back to Papua New Guinea over a month ago. Well plans change and it has been a lesson in patience for both of us as we have “sat back” and seen the Lord work.
Many of you are aware of Paul’s on-going medical problems — increased asthma and itchy/red skin. While we have seen a tremendous decrease of these symptoms, it wasn’t until recently that we started getting some answers to our questions.
The Lord worked it out for us to see a very knowledgeable allergist here in the Washington DC area. She was able to see us right away and began to help us understand what is going on in Paul’s body.
Within these weeks of waiting, here are just a few things that have happened:
~~ Paul’s asthma is basically under control. (He went from using his in hailer many times a day to basically not using it at all).
~~ Samples…samples and more samples. The generosity of our doctor has saved us thousands!
~~ Having a Christian doctor who understands our urgency for answers & has been willing to go out of her way to help!
~~ Paul was approved for a new medical program which is a type of “allergy shot” that is specific for his overactive cells (IgE). He has started getting shots here and it is looking like he will be able to continue receiving the injections once we are in PNG.
What does all this mean? We are now in a position to be able to return to the field. We have purchased tickets and will be heading that direction early in October!
As we continue on with melding our lives together we still have many adjustments ahead of us. After a few days of getting settled in our apartment on center we will return to our ministries. Paul will return to his position as aircraft mechanic in the hanger while Andrea will most likely be working with the administration team again.
We also can’t wait to reconnect with our friends there. Please pray for wisdom as we learn to balance married, ministry and our social lives.
~~ Getting answers to Paul’s allergy problems.
~~ We are heading back to PNG!
~~ A “delayed” return that has allowed us to spend more time with friends, family and football (American football!!)
~~ Safety in our travels around the world.
~~ Good adjustments as we fit back into life in PNG.
~~ Paul’s response to these new medicines.
~~ Wisdom in time management.
THANKS for all your prayers!!!