One of the things that we have learned on this journey is the power of prayer. Early on we asked you to pray for wisdom as we selected Brinkley's medical team. We asked for prayers that he would not need a pacemaker following his first OHS. We asked for prayers to sustain us as we dealt with being relocated. We asked for prayer over and over again and God has been faithful. That's why I am coming to you again and asking for prayer. This time, however, the prayers are not for us. The Lord has been gracious to us and I want to beg you to ask the same for some other families.
In some ways these requests seem to be bringing us full circle in our journey so far. When we asked you to pray for wisdom in forming Brinkley's team we did not know what was ahead of us and could not have imagined where we were headed. God has abundantly blessed us with INCREDIBLE doctors that have often gone above and beyond for Brinkley. In the process we learned that many of them (not surprisingly) share our faith. During one of our PICU stays at GHS Dr. Bryan Eriksen was the resident assigned to Brinkley. Dr Eriksen took a particular interest in Brinkley and he studied Brinkley's chronic respiratory issues even after our transfer to MUSC. He has continued to check on Brinkley and offer thoughts about the respiratory issues. Brinkley was under his care in the PICU a second time and Dr Eriksen came in and prayed over Brinkley with us (and Reese). He has been a tremendous help and encouragement to us. We have aslo had the pleasure of being treated by his sweet wife Sara Beth when Brinkley was admitted on the floor at GHS.
Both Dr Eriksens are currently serving as medical missionaries in Kenya. They are being pushed and stretched in their faith and their medical training. I have no doubt that they are blessing their patients there the same way they have blessed us. I ask you to pray for them as they are serving as senior medical team members there. Unlike here, they do not have a team of seasoned doctors to refer to and ask for help. You can follow their story here.
Next I would ask you to pray for my dear friend Beth. She and her husband, Ian, moved to Germany a little over a year ago to serve as missionaries. They have been working very hard to learn the language and be able to communicate effectively with those around them. Beth is currently expecting their 4th child and has run into some complications. I know all too well how scary that can be. I can't imagine how the language barrier escalates the anxiety involved. The two families that generally assist them with translations are both away and were not able to go to the last few Dr visits with them. Please pray for them that the Lord would continue to protect Beth and baby Chadwick. Also pray for their anxiety and the communication barriers.
Finally, we have several friends that are currently having struggles with their marriages. This has become a common theme around us over the last couple of years. So many of our friends have separated and/or divorced for various reasons. Marriages are under attack and we need to stand together for our friends and our own marriages. No one is immune to family problems and no ones marriage is perfect. It's our responsibility to stand together and fight for our families.
Thank you for your faithful prayers for our family. We have seen the power of prayer in our lives and beg you to join us in standing in the gap for these precious families.
*Please add our friend Charlotte to that as well. She is dealing with some issues with her foot and needs to find a treatment that works. She is trying a new treatment today.