Rejoice, be patient, be constant … lay me down

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10-30-14

Thank you so much for your continual prayers for Ella Joy! She had a spinal tap, vincristine chemotherapy push, and blood counts taken today. Unfortunately, her ANC has gone down since last week. In fact, her ANC has been slowly going down the past couple of weeks now. Also, the numbers in her blood test has shown even more increased risk for liver damage. Please continue praying for Ella Joy, that God would protect her little body and all the chemotherapy would not have damaging effects to her liver. We still have more than a year to go with the chemotherapy that she gets every single day in addition to her monthly clinic visits. I wanted to give a special thanks to Marissa who helped watch Asaph this week! I want to thank her for dedicating her life in making a difference in the lives of children with cancer, one of whom is Ella Joy! Please also pray for me to be able to find help with Asaph each month as the flu season rules at Luries means siblings like Asaph are not allowed in the hospital! From what I understand Luries is going to be especially strict this season, and we are so thankful for all of Ella Joy’s uncles and aunties who are sacrificing their time and energy to help out with watching with Asaph! Ella Joy is usually energetic and jumping and running around with her friends. However, once this week, Ella Joy told me that her bones hurt and she fell to the ground and could not stand. We understand that one of the side effects of her chemotherapy is osteoporosis. Please pray that God would protect her bones and that He would strengthen her when she is weak. Please pray for our next clinic visit on December 1st Monday. We usually go to clinic on Thursdays, but because of the holidays, the next two clinic visits will be on a Monday. Eugene Peterson once said, “The life of faith is a daily exploration of the constant and countless ways in which God’s grace and love are experienced.” Please pray that as we strive to live in pursuit of God, that we would continue to journey with Him and experience His faithful grace, love and mercy. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:12. In the midst of chemotherapy and hospital visits, Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Ingram, Myrin, Redman, and Tomlin got the lyrics right for the song Lay Me Down. I would like to end this post with Ella Joy having a praise jam with appa.

Never, never, never, never, give up

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We are incredibly blessed to have such strong armies of prayer warriors! Thank you for praying for Ella Joy’s chemotherapy treatment today! I want to thank Eddie for driving us downtown this week as well as for my sister Sandy (visiting from Mongolia where she serves as a missionary) who helped watch Asaph at Luries. Ella Joy’s ANC has lowered. They do not know why, but please continue praying that God would continue to protect her body and that her ANC would rise! Furthermore, I was reminded that the tests for metabolism of 6mp chemotherapy have shown that Ella Joy is in high risk for liver damage and hepatitis. Please keep praying that He would supernaturally guard her liver against any damage, and that the chemotherapy would not have harmful effects on her liver. Ella Joy had her spinal tap and vincristine push of chemotherapy. After her spinal tap, she felt nauseous and she threw up about 3 times. They usually give her Zofran during the spinal tap, but a new nurse was there and did not give it to her like they usually did, so that might have been the reason that Ella Joy was throwing up. The 2 doses of fentanyl can cause side effects of nausea. The next time Ella Joy is scheduled to go back to Luries is on October 30th Thursday. We cannot thank you enough for praying for Ella Joy and for all your encouragement. We realize this is a long road ahead of us, but it encourages us to know that we have friends who never give up on praying for Ella Joy and our family! “Never, never, never, never, give up.” – Winston Churchill. God never gives up on us, and we never want to give up our hope in Christ alone!

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.” – 2 Corinthians 4:1