First, Marty's Mom has been ill for a little over a month, now. We very nearly lost her. Since then, it has become apparent that she needs to live in with us or with Marty's brother. The plan, right now, is to share Nana, a few months at our home and a few months with our brother and sister in law. I have struggled with this more than anything else God has ever asked of me. There have been tears, frustration, stretching like never before. All along, God brings Isaiah 58 to mind, where He speaks about the true fast. Part of that is being available to our family when they need us. Marty's Mom needs us here. She needs to live in a home where she can see healthy relationships and learn about loving Jesus. My heart longs to go to Bulgaria, but God requires more of me. He is teaching me about being compassionate, kind and loving,
Second, I had a phone call, today, with our pediatrician. We have been praying and have only shared with a few people that Klemi has a heart condition. The news from our pediatrician was not great. Another bump in the road. If what her report from the Cardiologist in Bulgaria says is true, we're looking at a heart surgery, shortly after her arrival here in the USA. Please, pray that the hole in her heart is not beyond repair and that the pulmonary hypertension it's causing is reversible. Really, just join us in praying that the Healer of broken hearts will mend her little heart, before she ever steps foot on American soil. Klemi will need to be followed by a heart surgeon for quite some time after her repair.
I type this and I think, "Why God?" It's not for us to question, though. God asked, we responded and maybe that's all He was looking for? Willing hearts. Were we, are we willing to walk away from our cushy American lives and GO wherever He calls? You bet we are. Is this the end of the road to Bulgaria? We don't believe it is. We simply believe the journey just got a little more difficult and a lot more interesting. Either way, we'll walk this road as long as Jesus is walking with us. We have found more often than not, that this is where He meets us, on the road less traveled.
For now, we're going to put our fundraising on hold. The funds that have already been given will be going to another missionary, adoptive family. If you've made a donation and you'd rather us not forward that on to them, please, send me a message and we'll get your money back to you. Thank you, friends, for your prayers and your support. We'll keep sharing our journey here and hopefully, one day soon, we'll be back on the road to Bulgaria, with 5 beautiful healthy kids in tow.
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