We need your prayer… (14/11/13)

We normally publish our prayer needs and reflection back on the status of the last month’s needs at the beginning of every month…but we’ve had a few things pop up that we’d be grateful for some specific prayer on.

If prayer isn’t your thing, your encouraging words and just knowing that you are thinking of us is also incredibly helpful.

Riley:  Riley has always been a small child…she had nutritional issues while gestating, and nearly died the day of delivery due the umbilical cord being wrapped around her neck.  She’s our ‘mighty mouse’, to use her Aussie grandmother’s phrase…full of life and energy, despite her less-than-3rd percentile size.  But she’s not growing as fast as expected, and on the advice of her pediatric endocrinologist in Adelaide, we are taking her in tomorrow for an MRI in Nairobi.  She’ll have to be sedated to keep her still, and it is our hope that this will rule out obvious things like brain tumours or a malfunctioning pituitary gland.  Following this scan, we’ll have to decide whether to subject her to growth hormone testing, to determine if she needs growth hormone supplements.  We are hoping not to have to do this, as this involves taking blood numerous times in a 24 hour period, and there are few things in the world little mighty mouse hates more than needles.  Would you join us in praying that all of these tests are negative for anything abnormal, and that Riley would simply be following the Steere family trend of being a tiny little thing?

Mardi:  The life of a mission hospital medical director in Africa involves a lot of triaging, managing day to day crises, and constant evaluation of where to place scarce resources (people, supplies, and money).  Unsurprisingly, Mardi has experienced her fair share of this in the last 3 months…it’s my hope that she’ll have enough time and energy in the next few weeks to write about a sample of these crises so you can have a picture of what her life is like now.  However, in the last three days in particular, there have been some difficult operational crises and personnel issues to manage, and she’s quite tired.  Would you join us in praying that she would have the energy and compassion she needs to manage these competently and empathetically, and that she would find the right balance between action and prayer?

Andy:  Andy has had full-on gastroenteritis three times in the last three weeks.  Having gastro now and again is just part and parcel of living in Africa, but three times in three weeks is unusual.  The first two were solved with antibiotics, but we’re doing a bit of testing with the onset of this third bout (which commenced about 2am this morning!) to make sure it isn’t amoeba or something exotic.  He’s physically exhausted as a result, but on the plus side is now back to his triathlon-racing weight!  Would you join us in praying that the tests reveal the cause/source of whatever is behind this, and that he would recover his strength?



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  1. Praying. . .you have my number if there is anything you would like me to do . .. ..

  2. You are definitely in our prayers you wonderful and amazing people. May Jesus protect you and keep you and bless you abundantly!

  3. Praying for you now… for health and healing, energy, strength, wisdom and God’s direction, and His grace, peace, love and joy to you all. And that mighty mouse will be just fine and have a nice growth spurt soon without the help of supplemental hormones. 🙂

  4. Praying for you often and especially for Riley tomorrow and both of you this week…if you’re going through hell, keep going!

  5. Greg and I are praying for strength, healing and wisdom to be imparted to all your family right now. We love you and will continue to lift you up before the Throne.

  6. Asking the Lord to do a supernatural work of healing in each of your bodies. Healing for physical, emotional and spiritual ailments. Coming against the enemy who would attempt to derail what the Lord is doing through you. We know his end. Amen

  7. Your needs are posted on FB by Pat Brookins, Lee Brookins wife. We are praying for you.

    Regarding the gastroenteritis, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) can have the same symptoms and it is a superbug, being hard to kill, sometimes taking a very long time. My wife and I caught it during a hospital stay and there were only 2 drugs that would kill it in its germ state. It goes into a spore state where bleach is the only thing that will kill it. Because of its spore state, reinfection occurs in many cases. Extreme hygiene is the only thing that can stop it from reinfection. It is an easy test for 1 of 2 toxins it produces. I pray that it is something simpler but this needs to be checked out.

    Here is 1 of many links regarding C. diff.

    Thanks to Pat for posting this to FB.

    Father, in the name of Jesus we ask that you reveal these problems and the solution to them. We now declare that every C. diff germ in that community is destroyed and made null and useless for the purpose to which it was sent. And in the name of Jesus, we declare that every cause of illness is now destroyed and made useless. Now in the name of Jesus, we bind every spirit of infirmity in that community and destroy every work of evil.

    Thank You and praise You Holy Lord and Master, Christ Jesus.

    Jesus Is Lord!
    Bill & Rebecca Thames

    Jesus Is Lord!!
    Bill & Rebecca Thames
    “All it takes for evil to win
    is for good people to do nothing!”

  8. Praying dear friends, with Love.

  9. Sending best wishes from Michigan!

  10. Praying for you guys!

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