Sonidos Serranos

Sonidos Serranos: Sounds of the Sierras...
Reflecting some of my family's interests: God's wonderful creation (especially mountains and hills!), music, and language...

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

05 March 2011

March 04: Update on Jonatán

We had a wonderful Christmas... Jona played the guitar, and we sang with extended family in Uruguay – via Skype! (A short video clip is included in an earlier post.)

It’s been awhile since the last update... Thank-you for praying so faithfully for Jona; he continues to stay encouraged – in spite of increasing challenges...

The Torres family had a wonderful two weeks in Uruguay. Many hearts were touched through Jonatán’s testimony and that of his family during their time there. Please pray that God would continue to use the family’s testimony to reach others and that those who do not know Christ would come to know Him as personal Savior. Continue to pray that God’s grace would be shown through them to others.

The chest scan Jona had shortly after returning from Uruguay showed more “nodules” in his lungs; however, the doctors were amazed that he was not in pain, was not having problems breathing, and was still able to walk. We praise the Lord for giving him unusual strength.

Jona has been experiencing some pain since that time but thankfully it has not been continuous. He has decided not to take any further chemo treatments; he will see the doctors only when necessary and also will have scans and tests done only to check progress of the cancer.

Jona has continued going to school each day but often takes a short nap during the day and when he gets home. He has been having trouble sleeping at night; please pray that he’ll be able get the rest he needs.

Two Mondays ago Jona woke up, coughing copious amounts of blood. Esteban drove him to the hospital; as they arrived, the coughing (and bleeding) stopped dramatically. As Esteban later told us, it was as if God turned off the faucet. Seeing the amount Jona had lost, the doctors were amazed that he was standing – and even talking and joking with them! A blood test revealed that all his blood counts were within normal ranges, and by 10:00 that morning, Jona was in school!

That episode freed Jona from pain and coughing for about ten days. Since then he has again had some lesser coughing and some pain... Please continue to pray fervently for him, for Esteban and Esther and Marcos, and for the rest of us as extended family. We are all resting in the Lord, knowing that Jona’s days (and ours) are in His hands (cf. Psalm 139). We continue to pray for complete healing, recognizing that our Good Shepherd will do what is best...

Check out Jonas glasses! He has to wear them to drive!

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