Merry Christmas! Sorry to take so long to update. All is well...we just don't have any internet connection at the home in which we are staying.
We are over at Daniel's brother house today and I wanted to post a slide show of passing out the Christmas boxes. Saturday, the 13th, we drove around our town to many of the poor areas and went house to house handing out boxes and New Testaments to each child we saw.
Then, Sunday, the 14th, we handed out a box to each child that came to church that morning. We had our special Christmas service which was wonderful howbeit a bit difficult not knowing when we will be back with our people again.
One of the big burdens on Daniel's heart was to take some of the boxes to a new village or two in order to hopefully open up the door for him to begin preaching there. But with the urgency of getting me north, he was unable to take the trip into the villages. So we set aside about 60 boxes and as Daniel plans on taking a trip back to our home/church each month (the first one being planned for the beginning of January), he and Brother Macario plan on handing out the remaining boxes in the villages at that time. I always loved a "late" Christmas gift as a child :).
I don't have much time before we have to go, but I wanted to give a quick update on mommy/baby. I saw the doctor the day I got in town. He was an answer to one of our prayers. While I do not know if he is a Christian, he was very kind, respectful, and came highly recommended. He told me, "The goal is to get this baby into his mommy's arms safely".
He is very concerned as it is a very high risk pregnancy and he clearly yet gently explained the things that we need to be prepared for and expect. The most important thing is that I stay near a hospital and with my history of so much bleeding so far, it is expected that I will have much more in the future and may need to spend much of the pregnancy in the hospital. But we are of course praying that little baby spends as much time as possible inside of mommy and that mommy spends as much time as possible at home :) We are so thankful that the Lord has so clearly directed our every step thus far, and when I just think over His faithfulness through each and every trial thus far, I know we can fully trust Him. And when I begin to worry or complain, He is so good to encourage me through the promises in His Word.
We've been busy visiting and catching up with family and friends the past week; but in the days/weeks ahead, I will try to update 2 or 3 times a week. Thank you for praying...thank you for your emails. What a blessing you are to us!