It has been a very long couple of weeks away. We can't say thank you enough to those who prayed. We felt your prayers. It was such an encouragement to us to hear from so many as we trusted the Lord.
After working through some hard things these past two weeks, I can say that some big things have changed. The nightmares have subsided and I'm not anxious and twitchy anymore. I'm actually sleeping soundly again!!!! PRAISE GOD!! Especially the second week, I was feeling at home even in Nairobi. The Lord sent just the right people to come and work with me, he gave me a safe place to stay with friends, and my mom was able to come and stay with the kids while I was away. Even though this has been a hard time for us, this is also has been a time marked with the Lord's provision and his gentle care for me, and my family.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for standing with our family. We are so grateful.
Julie asked that I update all of you. She is halfway thru the two week intensive counseling program in the capital and though it has been very hard, she is doing well. We are both amazed and encouraged by how God has provided for her and our family even though allowing such a hard time to come our way.
Please continue to pray for her and for our kids this week.
Just recently I was reading the biography of George Mueller to Eden for school. He was a man who walked by faith by caring for orphans in England and never asked for money from anyone. He prayed and asked God, who was faithful to provide for hundreds of orphans. One day, one of the women helping care for the children came to George and said 'The day has finally come. The children are lined up for the meal and there is no food.' George called over his granddaughter. He wanted her to see how the Lord was going to answer his prayer. By the time George finished the prayer for the meal, there was a knock on the door, and enough bread and milk for all the children's meal was delivered. It was so impressive to me. It's one thing to tell what the Lord has done, once he's done it. But its another thing to call witnesses to watch and see what the Lord will do before we can see it with our natural eyes. I want that kind of faith.
So this post has two motives. First, to ask for prayer. And the second is to call witnesses to see what the Lord will do. When we were at Tenwek from '06-'08, it was an intense two years, lots of good and some really challenging times. Some even traumatic for me. I thought after years of being away in the US and having those events far behind me, that I was moving on. Since returning, though, especially with children, it seems that those events are not behind me. In fact, I've been showing signs of PTSD. Thankfully, the Lord has brought people to come alongside me and help me. And God's provision in this gives me confidence that he is in control of this even when I am not....which is always.
This coming weekend I am going to Nairobi for a two week intensive counseling program. I've heard such good things about this program and am happy for the chance to go...in the same way I would be happy to have a festering wound debrided or a broken arm reset. So the prayer request is this: Would you pray with us during these two weeks that this would be a time of healing and of walls that I can't see over coming down? I will also be away from my kids for two weeks for the first time in their lives. And finally for good sleep. Nairobi is a place that triggers my anxiety and that's where I'll be staying during this time. Thank you for joining us in this.
Some days I don't feel like I know a lot of things, but I do know this. I know this is not the new normal. I know the Lord is going to do something big with this. At first I wondered why this couldn't have all come to light while we were still in the US where resources abound. But it didn't. Even still the Lord has brought each person I've needed all the way out to a remote mission hospital in East Africa exactly on time. I know He has not left me here. I know this will be a story showing His power, His provision, His love and His deep healing. And I want to call witnesses to see it even before we can see it with our natural eyes.
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa