We wanted to send out an update to say thank you for praying for us, and thank you for sharing your stories.
Today is the day we had planned to leave for Rwanda. In our last update, we shared that Krystal’s diagnosis of preeclampsia has delayed our departure until after baby is born in early November. Our prayer was for health for mom and baby, and purpose for this time. God is answering our prayers.
We met with a specialist, a perinatologist, in Seattle on Wednesday. In conjunction with Krystal’s appointment with our doctor in Port Townsend on Monday, here is what we know. It could have been a false positive test, or it could have been caught very early. It could continue to be really mild. The specialist is very optimistic, because there have been no big changes in the past three weeks, that Krystal will make it to term.
We believe that God has kept this from progressing. Please continue to pray for our health. Krystal wants to go full-term and deliver naturally. We’d love for our GP to deliver baby, but she will only do so if she is on call at the hospital at the time. Will you pray for that for us?
A month ago, we thought that God wanted us in Rwanda for the end of the year. Now, we see his hand in keeping us here.
Our field leader in Rwanda, Tim Brubaker, reminded us recently, “When you get here it is going to be less about what you know and more about who you are that makes a difference.” Character is the foundation upon which all knowledge and skill must rest. I wouldn’t say that we are without character, but God is using this time to deepen and broaden who we are to encompass all that he wants to do in us and with us, here and in Rwanda. Krystal, always “doing,” is learning to “be” and rest in God, enjoy Grace, and dig deep with God. I, Nick, will be using some of his time helping his mom downsize in preparation for a move to a smaller home. I will also finish my read through the Bible, and I will explore several spiritual disciplines specifically devoting more time to intercessory prayer. Already, I have felt God moving my heart for several people I know in great need. God wants us to raise up people to pray for the work in Rwanda, of whom we should be the first.
We invited a few of our relatives to come to Alpha, out of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Chimacum, WA. Alpha is a “10 week course that explores faith from a fresh perspective.” Our prayer is that this course will open up spiritual conversation throughout the week, too, and that our family will find rest and peace through a personal relationship with Jesus. The first night was good. Pray with us that they come back next week.
It takes just over $600 per year to train a student in the Pastoral Training School (PTS). The students pay $65 per year in fees. We want the students to contribute, but since they are mostly poor rural pastors, we cannot charge them more than this. The PTS has always been greatly sponsored by missionaries involved in the program. As we begin to pass the baton of leadership over to some highly competent and godly Rwandan teachers and administrators, we realize that they will need a new source of support. Would you like to be involved? You can send a pastor through four years of school for $50/month! Click here.
Finally, pray that we get the right flight. You might imagine that flying with a newborn and preschooler will be different than with just a preschooler. Pray that baby is healthy to fly, and that we get the perfect seats together.
Nick and Krystal
Grace and Baby Girl Pirolo #2