Thursday, September 27, 2012

Countdown to Haiti

In 9 days, Jeff, Jillian and Molly will be on their way to Haiti with the rest of the team from our church.  They are getting excited and a bit nervous--wondering what God has in store for them there.  I'm getting a bit nervous about having them gone and not being able to communicate with them.

The girls still have blanket sets to sell, if anyone is still interested.  They didn't quite reach their fundraising goal.  We still have the brown and pink floral, the Hello Kitty, and the pink ladybug sets available.

They have their shots, their malaria meds, their just need to pack their suitcases.  If you want to pray for them, Jillian and Molly have the following requests:

That I stay healthy the whole trip.
That I will help people in some way
That I will be pushed out of my comfort zone
That I will see why God wants me to go

For a safe trip there and back
For health for the team and their families back home

In other update on my Dad.

He had surgery yesterday to relieve some of his bladder issues.  He was back in ER this morning because he cannot stop vomiting.  I suspect a reaction to the anesthetic, but haven't heard back yet.  Not sure if they will keep him or send him home.

His bone scan was clear--thank you, Jesus.

His cancer, although it has spread, it hasn't spread far.  Instead of chemo, they are going to try Provenge, a new treatment that removes cells from his body and makes a vaccine with them...then inserts them back in.  Since it's a relatively new treatment, the results are all over the place.  Some respond well, some do not.  We are praying that he responds well.  Neither chemo nor Provenge is a is meant to slow the process but chemo has much more dreadful side-effects.

My parents are resting in God's peace and faithfulness...trying to stay busy and just enjoy each day.  I am wishing I didn't live so far away but have to trust that this is where God wants me right now.


Kim K. said...

Prayers for your father and your daughters/husband future travels.

Lori said...

How exciting about the missions trip! Can't wait to hear updates.

PRAYING for your sweet dad.

Sharon said...

We will be praying for Jeff and the girls. We will also be praying for your dad. I haven't heard of this new treatment, but isn't it great that there is now an option that doesn't cause such horrific side effects. We hope and pray this will be what works for your dad.

Kristin Ferguson said...

Praying Karin. How exciting for Jeff and the girls to be used by God in this way. It is my dream for our family to do a missions trip together someday. Very cool!

Smilen Champ said...

Hi My name is Jenna
Your kids are beautiful princesses, handsome prince’s, cute blessings, special earthly angels, and precious gifts and miracles. I am praying for Jeff Jillian and Molly while they are in Haiti. I will praying for you dad his bladder issues, and his cancer issues.
I was born with a rare life threatening disease, developmental delays, and 14 other medical conditions.

Here is a new poem I wrote, it’s called it takes courage:
It Takes courage to love
Like a dove
It takes courage to fight,
It takes courage to do what’s right
It takes courage to stay strong,
When things go wrong
It takes courage to write a song
It takes courage to live
It takes courage to give
It takes courage to fight this beast
It takes courage to be brave
It takes courage to smile and wave
It takes courage to keep positive
Keep on fighting!
It takes courage to win!