11 August 2012

Praying for a miracle - Yumanli update

I went to the hospital with Joy last night to encourage her family.  Here is the update that Joy wrote:

God has answered your prayers!  Please let that encourage you to continue to pray....Yumanli is doing alittle better but is not "out of the woods" yet.
This morning I learned that Yumanli was taken into surgery late last night and the medical team removed all the burned tissue, cleaned her  and re-dressed all the severely burned areas...and she lived through it!  What a painful procedure that is even in our home countries with pain medication, but to endure it without anything for pain is unthinkable!  Another positive sign today is the slight reduction in swelling.  And today she was conscious more and told her dad that she was hungry.  He was able to give her several cups of milk to drink.  Another thing she asks each time she wakes is: "Has school started?"  Bless her heart, she doesn't want to miss school.  (David corrected me today as to academic placement last year: She was First in her class of 59!)
I was able to go by at the 7 p.m. visiting time and Yumanli is in a very nice, clean Recovery Room, alone and hooked up to IV's and monitors...and the room is air-conditioned!  I must say, I was very surprised to see this, and I think God used some well placed people to obtain this room for her.  I wanted to let Yumanli know that Beki and I were there, but she was sleeping so soundly I didn't want to disturb that.  So we left to go outside with Pastor and David to talk.  I told them that I was encouraged with her progress and that was reassuring to them.  Pastor said to me, "David told me that you asked many people to pray....thank you so much!" and I assured him that many of his Christian brothers and sisters were continuing to pray for Yumanli and for the family.  I also told him to let me know when he needed help with expenses....this is going to be an on-going expense for them for some time.  Thank you to those of you who have offered to help with their financial burden!  We've already decided to begin buying much of the supplies they will need at the Parmaceutical Depot where we buy our meds and supplies for the clinic, and I think that will cut the cost significantly.  Out here a patient's family has to provide ALL the supplies...even the gloves the staff use.
I asked Pastor how his wife was doing out in their village and if he was able to keep her updated.  He replied that he tries to call her several times a day...and she asks him, "Can she see?  Does she hear you?  Can she eat?  Will she live?"  He tries to reassure her.
As I talked to David today, he said that this event has shown them that they must be even more serious about living for Jesus and sharing the gospel with the lost!  He said that no matter what happens with Yumanli, God will have the victory and Satan will lose!  He said that we need to get more serious about our prayer lives and that he and his father are praying that this will be the catalyst for a revival among the Christians in their area and cause others to come to Jesus.  I was so blessed by their boldness and committment.  And I was able to share with them the verses that God gave me this morning when I was reading my next Psalm:                          "...stand in awe of Him, all you offspring of Israel!  For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.... The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD!  May your hearts live forever!" Psm 22: 24-26   

Thank you for praying and please continue.  We'll keep you updated...
Trusting God,

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