Continue to pray for Matthew’s arm and hand nerve pain

Took a walk with Daniel the other day for a Daddy date
The view this afternoon from Matthew’s hospital room, looking out at the bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the far background

Matthew was able to take a walk outside today, for the first time in a month. It was a month ago today that he had his motorcycle accident. Today I happened to look at pictures from back then, and it made me thankful for how far Matthew has come. Thank you all for praying for him and for us.

The nerve pain can still be very intense. Parts of the day it is manageable, but usually by the afternoon and evening, he is in a lot of pain. Please pray for him. Pray also for the doctors that they will know the best medications and other regiments to help reduce his nerve pain. And pray for strength for him when there is nothing he can do but endure the pain.

Today Pam had fun shopping at Target in Pleasant Hill, CA, getting clothes that he can more easily dress in one-handed and low-fat treats for Matthew, as well as some supplies he and I will need when they leave. Tomorrow they fly back to Croatia at 2:30 in the afternoon. Pray for them and Matthew as they say their goodbyes.

A special shout out to Kim Sharp for buying clothes for Matthew and ordering lots of vitamins for his health and healing, as well as her great nutritional advice and counsel

Daniel and Ariela have been very patient and well behaved, spending hours and hours at the hospital. Pray for them as they fly back to Croatia (a 10 1/2 hour flight from SF to Amsterdam, a layover, another 2 hour flight to Zagreb, Croatia, then a 2 hour drive to Slavonski Brod, and then adjusting back to the 9 hour time difference. Pray for them and Pam as she packs up our rental house to come back to the States for our home assignment.

Please continue to pray for housing for us in KC, where we will need a place, preferably near Blue Springs, MO, for six of us to live for 12-18 months, at a price we can afford since we will need to keep paying most of the rent for the house back in Croatia.

Matthew’s surgery is scheduled for Thursday for removing the dead skin and muscle from the area that did not take on his skin graft.

Thank you for praying,

Todd

1 Comment

  1. Jen Fowler says:

    Hey hey hey. Matt’s got a new way to update the masses. Yup. That’s cool.

    I am praying for this delicate tightrope walk you are walking. Don’t look miles ahead to ponder the next few steps. Just be still and know that God. Is. Loves. And. Handles everything in His time. Be tough and brave & don’t let this reduce you. Try to let this grow you.

    Ya gonna do great things I already know! Ok. God does.

    Remember this one? It’s from all the people who really know you. Posted here by a random stranger. I am going to play the part of someone who has faith in what I did not & cannot see.

    Sidewalk Prophets
    Three in the morning,
    And I’m still awake,
    So I picked up a pen and a page,
    And I started writing,
    Just what I’d say,
    If we were face to face,
    I’d tell you just what you mean to me,
    I’d tell you these simple truths,
    Be strong in the Lord and,
    Never give up hope,
    You’re going to do great things,
    I already know,
    God’s got His hand on you so,
    Don’t live life in fear,
    Forgive and forget,
    But don’t forget why you’re here,
    Take your time and pray,
    These are the words I would say,
    Last time we spoke,
    You said you were hurting,
    And I felt your pain in my heart,
    I want to tell you,
    That I keep on praying,
    Love will find you where you are,
    I know cause I’ve already been there,
    So please hear these simple truths,
    Be strong in the Lord and,
    Never give up hope,
    You’re going to do great things,
    I already know,
    God’s got His hand on you so,
    Don’t live life in fear,
    Forgive and forget,
    But don’t forget why you’re here,
    Take your time and pray,
    These are the words I would say,
    From one simple life to another,
    I will say,
    Come find peace in the Father,
    Be strong in the Lord and,
    Never give up hope,
    You’re going to do great things,
    I already know,
    God’s got His hand on you so,
    Don’t live life in fear,
    Forgive and forget,
    But don’t forget why you’re here,
    Take your time and pray,
    Thank God for each day,
    His love will find a way,
    These are the words I would say ..

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