Here are some updates on Gran.
They made it to Africa safely. Their last plane was cancelled so they had to be put up in a five star resort-like hotel for the night...Where they got wonderful deep, comfortable sleep after the long days of travelling.
They got to Africa safely. Did I already say that? Sans luggage!
They stayed in the resort. Did I already say that? Sans luggage!
When they went to catch their plane the next day, sans luggage, they found said luggage somewhere along the way. I'm not sure what the timeline was on that. Now they've safely made it to a couple of their ministry destinations with their teaching supplies and curriculum. They've helped in building/praying over land where church buildings will go and held nightly revivals and prayer services where many, many people have come for healing prayer.
Next week they will begin the camp where they will have daily and nightly services, work one on one with the women and children during the day and pray for any who ask to receive Jesus as their Savior.
The evening before my mom left, she was diagnosed with diabetes. Not just the "we think your blood levels are off a little and let's do another test" diabetes. But "this is the real deal, full blown, every marker is off the charts" diabetes. There was no warning signs, no suspicion, nothing to indicate she had diabetes. She felt like she needed to get a clean bill of health to travel to Africa for such a long (three week) trip. Needless to say, this diagnosis came as quite a blow to a lady who knew God had called her for such a time as this.
The doctor sent her with a glucometer and list of warning signs. Eating right and sleeping right and exercising right are so crucial in managing diabetes. I'm not sure how that is possible in Africa except with God in whom all things are possible.
God knew. God was not surprised by any of this. God has a plan. She is doing her best to walk in it. Please pray specifically for her health this weekend as they journey on the long bus ride into the bush and prepare for the camp. Pray specifically for the ladies she will be ministering to each day. Pray for their children and the children who will come to the camp and take Jesus home to their villages. Pray.
And, Mama K, she is a walking miracle! I saw her yesterday.
She is d-o-n-e with the walker and is walking unassisted for short, very short distances.
The body of Christ has lovingly rallied around her and is feeding her, has loaned her daughter a car while she's here, and will begin staying with her around the clock when her daughter needs to leave.
She is in great spirits and is getting ready to celebrate a birthday on 08-08-08!
Oh, she knows recovery will be hard work. She's had therapy for other injuries. She is learning to see this weakness in humility as a blessing. Where she's weak, He will be strong. Her weak back will remind her that she cannot carry burdens there but she must cast them on Him because He cares for her.
Really, she is doing well but please pray that her needs will continue to be met. She must be flat on her back for two weeks, no exceptions and then she will be evaluated again. She covets your prayers. She can feel them lifting her.
She said that this has been such a time of blessing and redemption, even. Can you imagine?
She's gotten to spend time with family and friends that she hasn't been able to be with in a long time. She's been laying still and hearing God's voice in new ways. She has an amazing attitude and let's all continue to pray that she would be protected in that and God would rise and come with healing in His wings. That the shadow of His wings would be the only shadow in her life and He would show His mighty goodness to all who pause to take a look!
"Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens." (1 Thess. 5:16-17)