Friday afternoon we got a call back with wonderful news–the donor said yes! Is it a young man and he is even willing to donate some of his bone marrow!! God is so kind to us… Last time we were at OHSU we met a young woman who had a BMT done a year ago and looked great; when we asked about her experience she shared with us how she had a donor willing to give of his actual bone marrow not just his stem cells and how much of a difference that made. She told us how she found out later that her donor had wanted to help because that person had seen a loved one go through something similar. It isn’t an easy thing to donate bone marrow. First, it requires a bone marrow aspiration. To that young man who was willing to do this for a stranger–thank you! May God bless you for your sacrifice! Moreover, to the One and Only True God who is able to move mountains and the hearts of men –thank YOU!!! “Oh Lord, you prove your faithfulness to us over and over even though you don’t need to.”
Saturday, we all got to unplug from the stresses of life and drive out to the coast by the redwood forest! It was spectacular! We saw so much of God’s beauty in his creation: the river looked crystal clear–we could see the rocks beneath the surface, the sky was painted with spots of white clouds which covered the clear blue sky resembling the blue water with white dabs of foam from the waves over the coast, the redwoods shouted with brilliant green colors that made the forest come alive! It was like God was speaking to us and assuring us of his great faithfulness and love.
Sunday, we enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship with our church family. We are really going to miss everyone at our church while we’re gone. Lord willing, time will fly and this trial will soon be behind us. Until then, thank you all for being brave to journey this bumpy road with us in prayer and support as you carry our burden with us!
Thank you to all who have given to Josh’s medical fund. Quick update on financial/issuance issues: the insurance agent called and told us he’s pretty sure we will only pay up to our maximum out of pocket limit. Though we confirmed this with our insurance company over the phone with several other employees after one of them had told us otherwise, they still haven’t clearly shown us in writing. We hope and pray this will be cleared up soon. There are some other bumps we’ve come across as we work out logistics.
In addition, Josh feels like he’s coming down with a cold. If Josh is sick going into transplant it really won’t be good; he may need antibiotics or carry his illness with him through an already traumatic procedure as it is. Please continue to lift us all up in prayer! It is the only thing keeping us going. God is the only one sustaining us right now!
In God’s loving and powerful hands,
“Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house, And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalms 36:5-9