I will sing of the Lords great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all
generations. Psalm 89: 1
Thankful for our Niger missionary friends who helped from
the very beginning to get Phil connected with doctors and pastors
from their home church in Nottingham. Phil was encouraged greatly
by their contacts whom he can now call friends.
It was a miracle how God brought Phil to his surgeon, Dr.
Khan, for the medical care he needed. Pray that he will understand
the faithfulness of God and how he was a part of Gods story.
It was an encouragement to reconnect with former Niger missionaries
and see how God has continued to use them to minister to the
needs of international people in the UK.
Since Phils return to Niger 2 weeks ago, after being
in the UK for kidney stone surgery, we have continued to marvel
at the faithfulness and mercy that God showed in the care and
provision of our family during this journey of the last 5 months.
On May 1, when Noah was struck by a car God spared
his life, and protected his health. He was able to finish his
finals, and fly out to Niger just 10 days after his accident.
In July, we traveled by bus, to a mission hospital 8 hours
away, where Shannon had surgery to remove a benign cyst from
her back. We were grateful for safe travels, and a successful
surgery with no complications and complete healing.
During the trip for Shannons surgery, Phil was being
treated for what was thought to be a prostate infection. After
returning from Shannons surgery, a CAT scan revealed that
Phil had a large (2cm) kidney stone which would require specialized
surgery outside of Niger. Once this was known, plans were set
in motion to evacuate Phil to the UK; an airplane ticket was
purchased for the following day (August 2), airport pick up and
housing arrangements were made for him in the UK. Within hours
of leaving Niger, and arriving in the UK, Phil met his host family,
went to the ER and was admitted to the hospital . The next day
the specialist determined Phils case was not life threatening
and could be scheduled as elective surgery, with the earliest
possible date being in one months time .
Meanwhile Shannon and Micah were in Niger, and Noah in
Georgia & Arkansas. With tears of gratitude mixed with tears
of uncertainty and fear we bear witness to Gods faithful
loving care and provision through HIS body of believers worldwide.
From those in Niger who put us in contact with caregivers in
the UK; to those who gave financially and prayed during the whole
journey; to those who hosted Phil during his time; to others
in churches who connected Phil with the right specialist for
surgery; to the taxi driver in another church who faithfully
drove Phil to his appointments and surgery in a city one hour
away, and those who cared for Phil during his one month recovery;
Gods love was shown to us through the hands and feet of
His children and those He loves.
The journey began, with fear and uncertainty, yet each
step of the way, God has been faithful to show His love to us
across many miles. We did not know how the story would end, and
perhaps it is not yet finished, as we now have new relationships
built in the UK, but for now we see that this journey has reunited
us and restored Phils health. We also know that our family,
and you who prayed for us along this journey, have a new monument
of Gods faithfulness and mercy.