Thank you everyone who has been praying for us these past couple weeks.
First of all we want to praise the Lord because in general currently “Darlene” is feeling a little better although the side effects of her medication are pretty rough. Here is the situation, Darlene has Lupus but it is not the ordinary Lupus that is much simpler to deal with. She has what is called Lupus Nephritis which mean that not only does she have Lupus but it is a type that has already attacked and damaged her kidneys which is a serious matter. The fact that she had the symptoms of the swelling means that they have already been fairly heavily damaged. However without a kidney biopsy it is very difficult to tell how close she is to kidney failure. Now knowing exactly what we are dealing with the doctor wanted a kidney biopsy done for over $2,000 USD which we can not afford to pay for and don’t have medical insurance. Because immediate action needed to be taken as well Darlene is now on quite a few powerful prescription drugs that she will need to take at least for the next 6 months just to start in the hopes that she can stop her kidneys from being attacked.
Unexpectedly when we went to the hospital last week she had a severe reaction to something and almost died, we don’t know what it was but we believe it may have been caffeine from coffee and the cocktail of prescription drugs she is now on. Since then every day she has stabilized a bit but still is dealing with side effects. We talked with our Pastor and we have been praying about what to do and we feel that there is a clear path and that it is not wise to try to stay over here without health insurance. So our plan is that we will come back to the USA on Christmas day and try to get Darlene on Medicaid so she can pursue her treatment over this next 6 months to a year and see what happens. Initially we will be staying with her parents because they are closer to hospitals and will be able to lend a hand if we need it.
We would like to say that the Missionhog is not stopping. The Lord simply is moving us in a temporary position of recovery and focus. We will continue to serve the Lord daily wherever we are and know they Lord has a reason for allowing these things to take place. We look forward to our time back where we will continue to evangelize, make disciples, and train new missionaries where we can. We want to be wise to seek God’s direction. There may be opportunities still for myself to take short term mission trips overseas with team, or it could be that we rebuild and prepare for what God may have in store for us next. We hope that you will continue to keep in touch with us, pray for us and support us as we use this time wisely to prepare for the future. We also look forward to visiting with you all again sooner than we expected. The apostle Paul took many different trips for varying times in his life and even traveled to some cities multiple times to serve. We are happy to be able to return to the US and serve a short time there if that is where our Lord needs us at this time.
1 Corinthians 12:26
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
In the Father’s grace,