DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS
Pray for Miriam, an elderly widow who had brain surgery Monday. Pray that she will be continue to trust in Christ for all her needs and that he will be her confidence and encouragement as she lives out her remaining days in His power and joy.
Please keep praying for Elsa and Corey who are becoming discouraged over their mounting health issues. Pray that their great love for the Lord will sustain them.
Please pray for Lisa and Steve. They lost their son to suicide three weeks ago and are dazed in the agony and despair of it. Pray for God to reach them with hope, love, and compassion in Christ.
Please pray for Damon who has undiagnosed heart issues. He will be seeing a battery of specialists and cardiologist to try to determine the problem. Pray that he and his family will turn to Jesus to be their hope and strength as they deal with this issue.
Praise Report! Cheri, Derick’s mom let us know that Derrick has been approved for a Clinical Trial. This is great news and an encouragement for both Cheri and Derrick because in Cheri’s words this treatment “increases his chance for survival”. He will need to travel to San Francisco within the month to begin the testing.
Please continue to pray for:
Derick to cope with the challenges of fighting brain cancer in God’s strength and peace.
Derick’s son and mom to be in good health and to be comforted by Christ’s presence.
The Grant family to have all that they need.
Corey and Elsa who are still battling many health issues and are becoming discouraged.
Ben, the autistic young adult who is suffering from stomach issues that are exacerbating his behavioral issues. Pray too for his mom to have strength and peace.
APRIL 12, 2018 UPDATE FROM THE ABERNATHY FAMILY: Some of you follow Hope for Addie on Facebook. You may have already read this most recent post regarding her condition. It’s worth reading again and again. Praise God for this family’s ability to trust in God in the midst of this incredibly difficult journey. Please continue to support them in prayer.
These past few weeks have been a blur. It’s been almost impossible to write this post with so many things constantly changing. It’s hard to believe it’s come to this.
We found out the results of Addie’s scans a few weeks ago and again we were crushed by the results. The cancer has spread even further. The molecular study treatment we had been doing had no effect on the cancer. Addie’s cancer continues to be extremely aggressive and rapidly spreading. Our amazing Oncologist cried with us as we talked about what the future might look like and the short amount of time we likely have left.
As far as treatment options, there is really nothing left to try. Though the treatment options are gone the truth that Addie’s life is in God’s hands has never changed since the beginning.
Our little Addie has been so incredibly strong, and up until now had miraculously showed no sign of pain. Unfortunately the pain has come. Watching your child in pain is one of the most debilitating situations a parent can face. Its so many emotions at once, you feel numb, overwhelmed, sad, angry and helpless. As the pain arrived we realized there might not be much time left so we decided to head to the Oregon Coast to fulfill one of Addie’s bucket list wishes, and spent some time at the beach as well as visit a wild animal safari park. By the time we returned Addie’s pain was out of control and we were back in the hospital working with the doctors trying to find the balance of pain and quality of life. It’s a series of decisions, as a parent, you hope you never have to make.
It’s undeniable that God has been with us through this situation. Tiny hospital rooms full of tears and broken-hearted people somehow create a support and strength during a situation that is so grim. Your prayers have continued to strengthen and support us through this difficult time. Please continue to pray for Addie’s peace and comfort. Once again she has been leading the way and preparing our hearts by telling us she is ready to go to heaven. It doesn’t make sense how a five year old is so certain or understands these things but in such a difficult time there is an awe inspiring peace when you see that your child is at peace with going to see Jesus. We are literally watching the “faith of a child” play out before our eyes. We are hoping to go home and will likely begin hospice care for whatever time we have remaining with Addie.
Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.