In my last newsletter I mentioned how excited I was to see what God is going to do in 2016. Shortly after writing that, Philip was involved in a collision whilst riding his bicycle. A car hit into him while he was travelling at 64km/h (who knows how fast the car was going).
What followed was a whirlwind of action. From seizures to brainscans to an operation to insert a plate on his broken collarbone. We dealt with public hospitals and all the red tape and inefficiency, private hospitals and all the expense. And not much sleep.
Throughout it all, I felt this quiet reassurance that everything was going to be okay, no matter the turn out. I kept being reminded of Gods promises and of His presence in every situation. He is indeed sufficient for my every need. And was He ever sufficient! God raised up brothers and sisters in Christ who treated Phil medically, helped me at the hospital, provided funds to cover bills and many who prayed and sent encouraging messages. Then He worked it out for us to get the R16000 surgical plate donated for free!!
A week before the accident Phil preached at church and was saying how we as Christians are so busy controlling our own lives that we leave little room for God to do miracles. That week Phil got to see God perform miracles. The biggest one being the healing that took place in Phils body. Despite his face taking the maximum impact and him being unconcious for 15 minutes, there was no brain damage, paralysis or eye damage.
His broken collar bone, jaw and nose have all healed just a few weeks after the accident. He still has the occasional pain and has headaches, but he is getting stronger everyday. All the Glory to God!
The beautiful USA:
We had the privilege of attending a missions conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. What a wonderful, uplifting time! We met so many precious people who encouraged us so much (not to mention spoiled us too!). And we got see some of the beautiful South. Only God could have made this trip possible and we are humbled constantly with how He continues to bless us.
This past month we celebrated 3 birthdays. Boeta turned 12 and celebrated playing paintball with a few of his friends.
Angelique had her 13th birthday at Tree Top Adventures and glided through the trees for her party 🙂
Then lastly, I celebrated my 40th birthday in the USA, and in South Africa! Never have I been so spoilt! 4 birthday cakes, 3 celebrations and loads of precious friends to celebrate with!
When I said I couldn’t wait to see what God would do this year, I certainly meant it. And I still do! No matter what happens (be it good ir bad) I know it will be for my good and His glory. Now how can we not be excited about that?
Return to the Philippines:
In a months time we will leave our “home” in SA for our “home” in the Philippines. Please pray for us as we say our goodbyes and prepare to leave. Pray for our paperwork to be ready and sorted before we leave (Valerie’s passport is still outstanding).
Thank you for praying for us and caring for us. Not a day goes by the we don’t thank the Lord for you.