We had traveled to Guatemala for four weeks in November, returning early December. Within days, Sammy had some intense GI issues that lasted for days. He had the inability to stop vomiting and was becoming weaker by the moment, So, I took him to the pediatrician thinking I would be home in an hour. But God had other plans for us that day.
The pediatrician sent us to the ER for better testing and Sammy needed IV fluids. After a few hours of fluids and moments where we thought he was perking up, he was unable to eat/drink and needing more Zofran. That ‘won’ him an ambulance ride to the Children’s Hospital and a mandatory night’s stay for more IV fluids and observation.
That day that was supposed to be our first day back into our home school routine and Kev’s first day back in the office after his four weeks of leave. Kev only made it in a few hours before I texted him about the downhill spiral of Sammy’s condition and his ER admission. He ended up spending the night in the hospital and being diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis. We aren’t exactly sure how he got it, but in the end it doesn’t really matter. God healed him and He most definitely had a purpose for him getting it.
So why do I share these pathetic looking pictures of my sweet youngest child? To give God glory, of course.
We are humbled by the grace God has given us. Our worse conditions have happened while we are within easy access to excellent medical care (Ben was hospitalized for his asthma just a week before we left for that four week trip). We had the sweetest folks care for us. God always provides!
We were able to share our mission work testimony and story with dozens of medical professionals. Dozens!! (Do you know how many times I had to tell people that yes, we have been out of the country and then to name all of the locations where we have been. Every.single.time....people wanted to know WHY we would take our family to Guatemala for a month??? And I got to point them to the amazing God that directs our paths. And many medical professionals have even asked us about the needs in Guatemala or their own interest in pursuing medical mission work. It’s amazing, awe inspiring, really.)
We are on mission still. Right here. Right now. Wherever God places us, He will be acknowledged and thanked for his mercies and gifts. We choose to be thankful and joyful, regardless of the circumstances.
“Rejoice in the Lord always.” Philippians 4:4
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4