Hey y'all. It's been a little while since we've posted, and thanks to a few people who have let us know it's time to get back in gear, here we are again...
Spring Break went really well in South Carolina. Despite the cold, rainy weather, we were able to really enjoy our time there. Mom, being sick, was looking quite frail when we arrived, but I decided to try out some new recipes, and she got her appetite back and gained much needed weight. She had two doctor appointments in Charleston, and both of them went well, and she was not admitted to the hospital, which was a great answer to prayer.
Brandon got right to work after the jet lag wore off. He tackled my parents' bedroom, which was in the middle of renovations that had begun before Mom got sick and just haven't seemed to be able to be finished with all that has been going on. Brandon painted and laid the hardwood floors, and this was a HUGE help to both of them.
Dad was able to catch up on work and sleep while we were home. He had not been able to attend to either for a little while, so he felt a lot better after he was able to take care of business and his own health.
Mom continued to improve over the 10 days I was there. It was good to see it happen, and I was able to come back to California a little more secure about her immediate health. We had some good conversations while we were there, and came to find out that she has put her trust in Jesus as her Savior and Lord of her life. This is an answer to a long line of prayers over the last 10 years. Please pray for growth in her new faith and for healing from Jehovah Rapha, the Great Physician, the Lord that Heals. Though her immediate health has improved, she is still very ill and needs God to intervene.
Brandon made it back to LA in time to help team preach at the Saturday Night Redefined service, and we spent 5 whole days apart! This was by far the longest time we've spent apart since we've been married, and it was definitely hard to do, but we endured. When I arrived back in LA at the airport in Burbank, he greeted me with a flower and a kiss.
We have started the new semester, and Brandon is taking some Fuller-esc courses: Pastoral Care and Abuse, Urban Mission, and Theology of Hip-Hop Culture. I have taken some distance learning courses along with my other two core courses in order to free my time up in case I need to go back to assist again during and after my dad's hip replacement that is supposed to happen in April. Currently, I'm up to my eyeballs in leadership classes and loving it, as well as taking a Church and Mission class and a Biblical Foundations for Missions class...
Please pray for us as we have some big decisions to process and make in the upcoming months. We are confident that God is working and is going to take care of our every need, as well as lead us step by step into His perfect will for our lives and His Kingdom.
Thank you for all your prayers and support.