Urgent Prayer RequestThe three-year-old daughter of one of our coworkers in Rwanda is in the hospital with brain trauma. A heavy metal box fell on Selah’s head while their family was relocating from one house to another. She has two skull fractures and spinal fluid leaking from her ear (which could lead to meningitis). Since her injury, she is no longer on a ventilator, but is on pain medication. On Sunday, she was stabilized enough to evacuate her to a specialized facility in South Africa. Our prayer for her is that there is no long term injury to her eye and her brain, that the spinal fluid leak heals without surgery, and that apparent nerve damage to her face would heal. Follow her story here: http://prayerwall.worldventure.com/lance-and-tiffany-ferguson/
Her story reminds us first, that kids get injured, no matter where in the world you live. Second, in Rwanda, there are some resources, but we will need people praying to God on our behalf, seeking his protection. Finally, we are thankful to have a sending organization that knows how to mobilize prayers and provides medical evacuation for emergencies.
I successfully completed the Bolder Boulder, a 10K run in Boulder, CO. I was fighting illness the week before, but was able to run about 5.5 mph, or an 11 minute mile. Special thanks to my running partner, Rick Herzer, who kept me training these last 5 months. His other friend, Nick, who recently moved to Colorado Springs from Washington, also ran the race.
Grace has gone from “cruising” to actually walking up to 20 steps at a time. She is thriving on her two nap a day schedule and sleeping through the night. She continues to be a joy to us. She points at things and says, “Oooo.” She stares at people in public. She loves playing chase and tickling. And our favorite, she dances anytime music plays, especially “Elmo’s Got the Moves.” Check out her moves at the BolderBoulder. Grace has the moves!
Lessons on the Road
Both Krystal and I feel quite confident and competent in many ways. She is a skilled nurse and nurse leader at her hospital. She has been an A student at Denver Seminary. I like to think that I do well at teaching, preaching and discipling. I was an A- student at seminary. And I am a great barista at Starbucks. While life was hard at times, in many ways we were in our sweet spot in Denver; we had opportunities to practice the gifts God gave us.
Over the next three years, we are going through a “construction zone.” First, we are leaving Denver for Port Townsend, WA. Second, Krystal is looking for a nursing job in Labor and Delivery, a newer field of nursing for her. Third, I’m trying to transfer to a Washington Starbucks, but don’t have anything secure yet. Fourth, partnership development requires skills and abilities we don’t really have. Fifth, we are leaving Washington in November 2014 for Rwanda where we will spend a significant amount of our energy learning to speak and live in a new way.
All this to say, the path ahead will be really bumpy and hard at times, but it leads to the place God wants us. Please pray for us along the way.
Going Away Party
In case you didn’t hear, we are having a get-together to say good-bye to Denver. All are invited. Open house format. Meat and fixings are provided. Bring a side to share and your own drink of choice.
Saturday, June 8 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Blomberg House 7850 S Race St Centennial, CO 80122
If you haven’t rsvp’ed elsewhere, please reply to this email if you plan to come.
We are at the 6-month mark with WorldVenture for PD and the goal is to be between 15-25%. If you have pledged to give monthly, or you would like to join our monthly support team, please take a moment to sign up right now: https://www.worldventure.com/donate. If you want to commit, but can’t begin giving right away, select the payment option “mail a check.” (You can adjust this later.) If you can begin giving right away, that money goes toward our outgoing expenses.
Our many thanks to those who have given and those who continue to give: finances, prayers, help, and encouragement. We have been blessed beyond what we expected as we shared our story and listened to each of yours.
Nick and Krystal