We called our son to chat Friday because he would have reception and he told us she was sick and that they thought it was Malaria! YES, Malaria! "But don't worry mom, it is VERY common around here!" Yeah, sure okay son! I will just go about my business with a smile on my face and know that all will be okay! HA!
They had the immuniztation but that it is not a sure proof they would not get it! I then talked to her and she said even her bones ached. She had never felt so miserable! And then to add to the problem of being sick, she was thousands of miles and an ocean away from home! As she was laying on her "mattress" in one of the villages, 2 mice scurried across her floor and then a goat, chicken and dog entered her "home". She then decided to get up and close the "door" to get some relief! (Not quite the same as home!) Maybe some brothers and sisters to contend with, but hopefully their breath would be a touch more bearable! :)
Yes, my heart hurt terribly, when she said she wanted to come home! How she wished she could lay her head on my lap! Where does a mother go with that when there is NO possible way to even come close to being able to do that! Well, God is where I went! I asked Him to hold her, keep His eye on her, and help her to know that she is taken care of! When her tears sting her face because she wants to be in HER bed and in HER room with her head on MY lap, I asked God to PLEASE be her peace and comfort! When she is overwhelmed, remind her that there is a rock who is higher than her!
I was sure that fear thing I struggle so much with, would creep back in and rear it's ugly head! Guess what? It didn't! I continued to be reminded how He has cared for them already and His hand is upon them! I must remember that always! Oh how I LONGED to be with her and sit with her and pray over her to be healed...but God reminded me that His hands are stronger and yet even more gentle than mine and I can STILL pray for her healing! So...I did! I prayed all day that as she slept she would wake up and be able to walk and preach and do all that God had planned for her.
Well, the text I received early this morning, said, "Mom, she is almost all better! She woke up feeling strong and able to go on with all that we have planned for the day!" Just another story in their journey to Africa! God has done so much and now a testimony of healing! To Him I give glory for raising my child out of her sick bed and I am reminded that He has plans to prosper her, to give her a hope and a future!
Today, she and her brother are at a lodge on Lake Malawi. Some time to enjoy the beauty of Africa and relax after being in the villages for a week. Next week, they will be meeting with 800 and some high school kids to tell them about Jesus! Pray for them and I will share more as it comes in!
God is SO very good!