I praise God for His ongoing work in Inhambane! I'm thankful for all of my Mozambican and missionary co-workers from Maputo who are taking trips to visit the house and the churches in Inhambane while I'm on medical leave.
Pastor Daniel and his wife Luisa, along with a missionary family from Guinea Bissau, Tchedna (taking the selfie here) and Marcilene Siga, visited Inhambane this month.
"A patient person will eat ripe fruit." African proverb
I've just visited the One Mission Society offices in Indiana to meet with Melvin Kelly, the leader for our Mozambique team. I was also blessed to see Bruce and Mabel Callender, who started the OMS work in Mozambique just over 20 years ago.
Bruce, Melvin, and Mabel at the OMS offices.
Melvin and I had a good meeting about my health progress and my return to Mozambique, Lord willing at the end of this year. I thank God for my missionary team in Mozambique, who have been faithfully praying for me and checking in on my house and my ministry in Inhambane.
The doctor that has been working on my neck discovered an issue related to my jaw and my C1/C2 vertebra, which are hitting each other. This has caused problems with the vertebra and with muscle tension in the head.
I've started wearing a mandibular orthopedic re-positioning appliance on my lower teeth that will move my jaw into the correct position within the next several months.
After so many doctor visits, researching, and testing, I am so thankful for both of these discoveries about my neck and jaw. I am hopeful and trusting in God.
Throughout this time, this verse has been on my heart,
"Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him."
I appreciate all the prayer and support in this time.
I've been continuing to work on a solution for my chronic headaches/migraines. A head and spinal care doctor discovered a childhood injury to the top vertebra of my spinal column, the C1 or Atlas, that has caused altered blood and oxygen flow to and from the brain, which is a possible root cause of my headaches since childhood.
Although I've had frequent headaches since I was young, they had worsened until the point of becoming chronic within the past 18 months, possibly due to stress, food sensitivities, etc... that have exacerbated the existing neck issue.
I'm currently working with the doctor on treatment for the injured area of my neck. If this is the root cause of my head pain, I should see some results by the beginning of July.
I've also been praying about my own need for teammates in the ministry where God has led me to serve in Quissico, Inhambane.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."
As I continue treat my migraine problem, I've been grateful to receive much prayer in this time, from both near and far.
Being prayed for at my Uncle and Aunt's church nearby.
"Graces unexercised are as sweet perfumes slumbering in the cups of the flowers; the wisdom of the great Husbandman overrules diverse and opposite causes to produce the one desired result, and makes both affliction and consolation draw forth the grateful odours of faith, love, patience, hope, resignation, joy, and the other fair flowers of the garden. May we know by sweet experience what this means."
Before leaving Mozambique at the end of last year, I asked Carlos Njango, from the Palavra Viva church in the Maputo province, if he would be able to finish the last discipleship Bible studies for those in Inhambane who wanted to be baptized.
Carlos, above in green, doing a wonderful job teaching the church group in Cala, Inhambane!
My dear Brazilian colleagues, Paulo and Fernanda, here with Pr. Daniel, committed to checking on my house in Quissico while visiting the church groups in Inhambane for the Bible studies about once a month.
For those who completed the first part of the discipleship Bible study and wanted to be baptized, Carlos and Paulo baptized them.
The group that was baptized in Inhambane!
While the baptisms were going on, Fernanda was baking many layers of cakes for the first ever wedding for the church in Inhambane! While I was there, a couple had been preparing for marriage. Carlos and his wife Tina became the counselors for this couple.
On the wedding day, Carlos and Tina can been seen here standing on each side of the couple receiving gifts from the church group, (which is a somber and important occasion in Mozambique).
Thank you for praying. My medical test results uncovered a problem, that among other things, results in migraines, but I praise God that it is treatable. It is my hope that this is what is causing my chronic migraines and that if I am able to resolve the problem, that the migraines will also cease. However, this means that I will need to stay in the US for another several months. This is unexpected and it is difficult for me to be away from Mozambique. But I am reminded that this is true for all of us in whatever season we're in, "The day is His, and the night also is His." Psalm 74:16
While I'm missing my sisters and brothers in Mozambique, it's been very good to see my sister and brother here.
My sister's husband and children (in their giant Mozambique shirts)
With my brother and his family.
I appreciate prayer as I go forward with this medical treatment here in the US, that it would go according to God's will, and that I would be able to return to Mozambique in God's time. Thank you!