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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.

01 April 2011

April 1: Update on Jonatán

Thank-you for praying!

Last night started out quite rough, but our loving Shepherd gave His beloved sleep (Psalm 127); Jona was able to get some good stretches of rest.

Earlier today he was sitting up in the dining room, interacting with his grandparents (who arrived last night) and listening to his mom read touching, encouraging, and often humorous letters from his classmates.

Amazingly, he hasn't tried to pull any April Fool's pranks on us!

Right now as I type this update, he’s back out here, interacting with visitors and answering his littlest cousin’s chattering pretending that he’s being told about last night's football game or the OJ Simpson Trial!

We are thankful beyond words!

God is giving wisdom and strength to Esteban as the primary care-giver. We are blessed to be here and observe how wonderfully Jona trusts his father’s judgment. Please pray specifically for continued wisdom and strength.

Praise the LORD with us!

Jona's grandparents, Donald and Patricia Garwood, arrived in Greenville after an all-night flight and an all-day drive. Thank-you for praying for safety in travel.

Jona's Aunt Julia was granted a visa yesterday morning. She is now following up on passport details and should be able to fly out early next week. Please continue to pray.

Thank-you to all who responded to the request for a travel or medical pillow. Several are allowing us to borrow “husband” pillows you already had and the travel pillow we alluded to yesterday arrived at the house today!

We are constantly overwhelmed by the love and support being showered on Jona and our family. Most of all, we appreciate your interceding for Jona before our gracious Father’s throne of grace.

Please keep praying! May God bless you!


Bethany L. said...

So blessed to read the praises in the midst of this trial.
What a special young man!
We are praying for you!

Anonymous said...

My name is Denise Stokes. My family is on deputation to be missionaries to Spain. My husband and I have 4 children. Jona's testimony has been such a blessing to me. Let him know the Stokes family is praying for him and he has been a tremendous blessing to a family that he doesn't even know.

Debra said...

Thank you for the daily updates. It is such a blessing to see how each need is being met. It's great to hear how the Lord has allowed all the details to be worked out for the family to get to Greenville. I will continue to pray for Jona.......I love that young man!

Debbie Reem

Roxane said...

Thank you so much Deborah for your updates which I read every day. I am praying for all of you. We rejoice that the grandparents were able to get here safely! May the Lord continue to strengthen all of you!

Donna said...

I am sure that it is exhausting and even emotional to make daily updates, but it is so encouraging to see the Lord's hand at work. Thank you for being willing to do this. You are all in my constant thoughts and I bring you before the throne many many times throughout the day as God brings you to mind.
Assure you parents of my prayers, as well.
Love ya, Friend.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update "meine amiga"! Yesterday a university observer shared how much she has learned and been encouraged by Jona and his friends as they trust God to do "the next right thing."
Praise the Lord for His mercy in arranging travel details and granting safe journeys.
Today's Psalm in speech class was 121. I'm struck by the irony that each night we bring to the One Who NEVER sleeps, our pleas for Jona to find rest in sleep.
As I close the day in prayer for Jona, I bring this request with a renewed confidence in the One Who hears our prayers.
As you close your eyes in sleep, may you too rest in the assurance that others carry this prayer burden with and for you.
Love & Prayers, Kim

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to free downloads of Psalm texts read with a background of soothing hymn tunes:

Valarie said...

We love you Jona!!! Pray for you often! Love, the Petersens

Cindy said...

What a huge blessing!

Carrie said...

I pray for you all often. Thanks for the updates.

Maribel said...

We are thankful for your updates. Our family is praying for Jona and his loved ones. It is a blessing for our children to see how the Lord is answering prayer requests like the visa and traveling mercies.
They still pray for the miracle of healing. I want to encourage you as I remind them that the Lord IS working miracles each day and we see Jona's attitude as a miracle from God, all the answers to prayer are miracles and whether to stay here and be healed, or to take him cancer-free and give grace to the ones who stay, they are all miracles from our Great and Loving God. God bless you. I like Donna's comment about the "soul making times".
Maribel for the Bells

Paul said...

Praying for Jonatan and all of the family. May God's great grace hold each of you close to His heart. Love in Christ, Paul and Glenda Stetson (Metz, France)

Danielle said...

Thank-you for the updates. They are encouraging to read!