It is early Sunday Morning. Normally, at this time, I would be soon waking up my children so they could get dressed and ready to go help Brother Macario on the bus route or help Daddy set up for church. But today, there is no church service this morning. It's strange to wake up on the Lord's Day but have no church to go to.
It makes me realize that this is how it was before the Lord sent Daniel here to this town. There was no man preaching God's Word and the gospel message that Jesus Christ alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. God loves the people in this town here so much that not only did He send His Son to die for them, but he sent Daniel to let them know. How humbled we are to be His servants.
I talked to Brother Macario last night when he came by to check on Daniel's status. He drove to each and every household of those in our church and let them know he'd be coming by at 5 pm this afternoon to pick them up. They will be having a time of prayer, thanksgiving, singing, and read God's Word together.
There is one thing that Daniel has emphasized over and over and over again to the church here. He has told them, "Do not follow and set your eyes on me. One day, I will not be here. Follow the Lord Jesus Christ; set your focus completely on Him. If you do that, you will not fall, for He never falls. Follow Him alone, and you will grow to trust and love Him more and more as you read God's precious Word and simply trust and obey."
God's precious Word- when we got here, we only knew one man that had a Bible. A couple Saturday's ago, we gave a Bible to almost every household in the town. Oh, may the Lord continue to give the increase here. As so many have sacrificed their time and with burdened hearts, prayed for Daniel, how wonderful it would be if so many would begin praying for the salvation of the people here.
I talked with Daniel last night. He is getting great care in a very good hospital as he recovers from surgery. He says he feels like he just had a c-section (not that he would know :) ) or got hit by a truck. But he'd walked the halls about 3 times and his spirits were good. Pastor Humberto brought a group of about 7 from his church to visit and again, was a tremendous blessing to us as he worked extensively in working out many details with the hosptial office that day. Brother Juan, a Baptist pastor in La Paz, had stayed with Daniel all night to help him in any way he needed. And one of Daniel's closest friends from the USA flew in yesterday afternoon to be with him. So he is not alone and I know is enjoying all the fellowhip with plenty of time to just rest and recover. He was able to eat a little bit yesterday for the first time in almost a week. Continue to pray that he will be able to eat without complications to help him regain his strength.
The doctor did come in to see him yesterday afternoon. He told him that the problem did not stem from the gallbladder, but from the liver. Something is wrong with the liver which in turn caused his gallbladder to completely block up. So they removed the gallbladder and they took a piece from his liver to be biopsied and the results will be in Tuesday. He said that while he can't tell us anything for 100%, he is very confident that it is not cancer. He is an onocologist/surgeon and has much experience. He is not sure what the problem is in the liver, but will know much more when we get the results back from the biopsy Tuesday.
Friday night, after his surgery, I was surprised when the doctor came back into the room and said, "Would you like to see the gallbladder?" Then he held up a glass jar with some liquid in it along with the gallbladder. He asked me, "You can see why we needed to instantly remove it...doesn't it look bad?" I told him I have no idea what a good one looks like, but I trust him. When I told Daniel this he said, "Aww, I would have wanted to see it." I told him not to worry, I snapped plenty of pictures of it for him (because I knew he would say that :) ). And you all don't worry...I won't post them here :)
I enjoyed my day with our children yesterday. We had a "lazy" morning answering phone calls, reading books, playing some games and visiting with the neighbors who came over concerned. While I was feeding Eliseo, I kept yawning...Timothy said, "Mommy, you can lay down if you want and I can get everyone to help me make lunch. We have beans, tortillas, cheese, and all that good jello you made for Daddy that he couldn't eat. We don't want to waste it :)"
After lunch, the little ones rested and the older ones and I cleaned the house, washed the beds, got caught up on the laundry ect... The children played outdoors for the later afternoon while I caught up on more emails and then we had supper, baths, a special ice cream treat (left over from Ben's birthday) and ended with a time of singing and prayer. I loved watching their faces yesterday; they were so very happy.
Before he went into surgery, Timothy wrote Daddy a note and left it on his desk. I asked him if he would mind if I shared it here.
He wrote, "Dear Daddy, I have missed you so very much. I love you a lot. I am praying for you every day. Remember, nothing will happen to you or us without God allowing it to. You taught us that almost every day. Matthew 10:29 says, "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father." And verse 31 says, "Fear not, therefore; ye our of more value than many sparrows". We are sad but I know we don't have to be afraid. I love you a lot and Jesus does too. Remember I am praying for you Daddy. love, Timothy" Thank you for praying for Daniel and I and thank you so much for praying for our children.
Oh, the Lord loves us so much and perfect love casts out all fear.