Happy news! On the first of this month, I was able to come back to work in our Ethnos360 home office building. At that point, we were well past the official quarantine time, but didn’t want to be circulating among our fellow missionaries while we still had the post-Covid cough. So, through the end of June, I worked from home.
We still have some of the after effects — some lingering congestion in the lungs, food tastes a bit different and in some cases, the things we feel like eating have changed. Eida’s sense of smell nearly disappeared (for example, she opened a can of tuna and… nothing), but it’s starting to come back just a bit — occasionally she catches a whiff of a familiar odor.
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR US! And thank you for your notes of encouragement. We felt lifted up before God’s throne by you all.
We are both back in the saddle. I’m able to interpret for two-hour video conferences again and Eida is back to tutoring her students. And now that we’ve been through it, we’re reaching out to another couple in our community who are living the C19 experience.
Prayer request for Colombian missionary
Rocío [Roe-see-oh] Sánchez is a single Colombian missionary lady who served first in Colombia, then in Mexico on the training program staff as a teacher and a kind of dean of women. Her sister and brother also serve with mission agencies that belong to our Global Partners fellowship. The Sánchez family is committed to fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission.
Recently, Rocío has been spending some time back in Colombia attending to their aged parents. A couple of months ago she noticed a small but growing lump/lesion in the roof of her mouth. Recently she decided to seek dental help in Bogotá.
After seeing the result of a dental CT scan, the dentist referred her to an oral surgeon, who told her that this was a very serious matter, since it is a cyst that has been eating away the bone of the palate and requires urgent surgery to avoid further damage. It could even affect her nostrils.
The surgery requires filling that space with a special kind of bone, a specialized blood test, endodontic treatment of two teeth and a biopsy of the cyst. Due to the urgency, the oral surgeon scheduled the surgery for Friday, July 16. It starts at 7 AM and is expected to take 4 to 5 hours.
The cost of all the above will be $915 dollars. (It sounds like a bargain compared to what it would cost in the States, but this is a lot of money to her family.) The health system in Colombia does not cover this kind of procedure. Due to the urgency of the surgery, the treatment must be done on a private basis and she must assume all the expense.
We appreciate very much your prayers for the surgery, the postoperative period and the Lord’s provision.
Thank you so much for your faithful partnership with us in equipping Latin American cross-cultural church planters working to share the Good News of life in Christ with people groups who have never heard.
In His boundless love,
Steve & Eida Irwin
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