Monday, July 21, 2008

Going Home

Dear Faithful Family & Friends,

After much prayer, and having received confirmation from the scriptures and from several trusted friends who have prophetic gifts, God made it clear that I need to return home to Honduras at the end of this month. Hae Young was able to get us a flight on the 26th of July which is exactly three months to the day I arrived in New York. The airline allowed us to have a stopover in Houston, at no extra cost, so that I could rest between flights. After we made the reservations, we discovered that Benny Hinn will be holding a huge healing service the very day we arrive in Houston. We are very excited about attending the conference.

Elvia, Hae Young and I will spend Sunday with our dear friends who support us from the Korean church. God provided a whole mission team from the same church ( they were already scheduled to come down) to aid us in our final leg of the journey home which will be on Monday the 28th. We learned that the Tegucigalpa airport will reopen that very day after having been shut down due to a tragic airline crash.

I continue to believe that God Himself will heal me completely, and so I am taking this leap of faith.

One of the things that touched me deeply during this difficult time is the outpouring of God’s love for me through the body of Christ (YOU!) He has lavished love upon me through your diligent prayers, fasting, encouraging emails, cards full of hope, Bible verses, timely special gifts, calls, precious visits, tireless caretakers, financial provision, and an incredible place to stay… the list of blessings goes on and on. I wish there were more than mere words to express my gratitude and love for you all.

Please keep us in your prayers during this time of transition and know that you will be continually in mine.

In the Shepherd’s Loving Arms,

Thursday, July 3, 2008

NYC: Recuperation

Dear Beloved Family and Friends,

I am finally able to sit a bit longer and so I wanted to try and give you an update. I am so thankful for all the ways God has blessed us, from this wonderful place that we are staying to the ways that Jesus continues to assure me of His healing. My sister Mindy and Hae Young are still here with me and so faithfully care for me. I am on a super low sodium diet to help rid my body of the excess water, and Hae Young has been making homemade low sodium dishes (sushi, spring rolls, soups) that are just delicious! Mindy pushes me to do exercises and to get outside so that we can walk in the park. They roll me to Central Park in a wheelchair and then I walk around a beautiful pond filled with ducks and tiny remote sailboats. What a blessing to feel the sunshine and smell all of the wonderful flowers. I had no idea how lovely Central Park is!

We saw the doctor yesterday and he told me that he was a bit confused because my blood work showed that the chemo was not really doing much, but that I looked much better to him. I was at the verge of saying, “It’s because we are praying along with so many others,” but before I could even say it, He said, “OK, I know, I know……you are praying!” Next week I will take another round of chemo.

My favorite time of day is when we spend time in prayer and praise and intercession. We have seen so many answers to prayer and that has encouraged my heart. God continues to show me what a privilege it is to participate in His suffering because it is for His glory.

1 Peter 4:12,13: “Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”

We are waiting with grand expectation for His glory to be revealed. It will be soon! Thank you all so much for your prayers and love! I am so aware of how all your prayers are holding me up. Thank you also for praying for Jericho and for my children. Each time I hear from home, there is good news of how God is working powerfully there. What a huge blessing to have such a God seeking team and family.

I love and give thanks for each and every one of you!

In His awesome care,