This has been one of those weeks that makes you want to quit. Last Sunday Randy and I both started feeling sick, and while I got over it quickly, Randy has been sick all week with flu-like symptoms. By Tuesday, Sean had also come down with it.
Also on Tuesday, we were without electricity and running water from 6 am until 6 pm. That wasn't any fun, to say the least. On Friday, we had running water on our usual schedule but our electricity was off and on throughout the day.
Then, Saturday I got a call from Emerald. That was really exciting because we haven't been able to meet with them for many weeks now. Hannah Grace and I went to her house and stayed for several hours. Emerald told me that she and Andy have decided that they can no longer follow Christ. It's too hard for them to go against their families and their culture. It's too hard to believe that God could become man.
If there was ever a time that we are desparately in need of your prayers, it's now. The temptations to give up and leave are too great. This comes at a time when we are already exhausted physically and emotionally. This past year has seemed to be one setback after another, and this one is by far the most devastating.
There have been a number of Scriptures that God has placed on my heart over the past few months and weeks. Looking back, I can see that He was preparing me for this. I'm confident that He has some very valuable things to teach us, even though I don't exactly like the circumstances that He is using.