Greetings to you all from the House of Hope. Linda and the kids asked me to thank you specifically for your prayers for us over the past few weeks. They are all doing well, the kids are in school and life seems pretty much back to normal. The only fallout for us from the big hurricane that went through has been receiving more children into our home. We've already received about half a dozen from the affected areas out west of us and we anticipate that going up even further in the next few weeks.
Thank you too for your prayers as I traveled out to see some of our partners out in Western Canada. We made it there and back safely in spite of having to drive through a pretty bad storm and counting semi-trailers stuck in the ditch part of the way along. It was a bit of stressful driving -- but we made it and had a great time with our friends out there.
An exciting story that came out of this trip is that while speaking at our partnering church in Banff on Sunday morning I shared the story of Lyse and our desire to find someone who could help us with her case. Banff is a tourist town and they often have visitors from all over the world in their church services. In the service that morning was a family from another area of Canada They had family visiting from Brazil and they brought them to see this beautiful area of Canada. So, turns out the father of the family just happens to be a pediatric doctor in a children's hospital here in Canada! He offered to do what he could to help us with Lyse's case. He has all her information and is seeking some answers with the other doctors in their hospital. We are so grateful that our Heavenly Father cares so much about each of us that he coordinated all these events so that we would cross paths! Keep praying for wisdom for the doctors and that we could get some definitive answers for Lyse.
On the same note of exciting news, we are so grateful for everyone who has sent in extra financial support for us over these past few weeks. We have been able to make 2 significant payments on what we owe to the hospital and while we still have some debt left, we are feeling much better about it than before and are hopeful that the rest will come in as this year is coming to an end. Our next prayer request would then be that we would be able to get some more partners to support us on a monthly basis so we don't go back into debt to them in the future.
We have some prayer requests to share with you for the days and weeks ahead:
- Linda had a fall last night and injured her foot. She had x-rays today and the doctor said it wasn't broken, but it is swollen and painful. Please pray for quick and total healing for her.
- There is a medical team visiting our partnering hospital this week and another one heading there next week. The team that is currently there will be doing skin grafts on one of our little girls at the House of Hope this coming Friday. Five year old Neisha has been in our home for a little over a month now and she came with significant burns across her stomach. We are grateful that this team has the tools and skills to do these grafts for her, and we ask you to pray for them as they do the work and for Neisha that she would heal nicely and that this would really help her.
A big thank you to everyone who has given and prayed for us -- you are such a blessing to us!