Dear Pastor and Church Family:
I know “Snail mail” takes so long, especially from here so we wanted to see if you could please make sure that your folks at church get this sincere note of thanks? We know there have been many praying for us all during this time of recovery and we want to personally thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your prayers on our behalf. It is a blessing when we hear from our family and friends especially during a time like this. I think that has been one of the hardest things to cope with is not being able to physically touch our loved ones back in America, only phone calls and emails. Praise the Lord, We have each other here but still miss family and friends we love so much and wish to have them near when we need them the most.
UPDATE ON RECOVERY:
My ribs are feeling better day by day but still have to keep it wrapped tight so it heals back together correctly since they cant cast it or anything like that. I just have to take it easy, if not, they wont heal back right and that will cause problems later. There is still some inflammation in the abdomen area which I guess will go back to normal in time. The doctor doesn’t seem to be too concerned about that right now. The pain is getting less each day that passes and I am taking less pain pills also so that’s good. I am walking slowly on my own and can get out of bed by myself now, I actually just roll out! . . . It is not possible to sit straight up yet from laying down flat. The cuts are all beginning to heal and the bruises are fading. It does not seem like it has been two weeks but Sunday it will be! Time is flying! Joes face is looking better also, the swollen areas are back to normal since the stitches have been taken out, he is just having lots of pain in his back, neck and knee. Looking forward to spending a few days with our chiropractor in Valdosta, Ga. in May. Can hardly believe Corey will graduate this year! We will be flying back on May 5th for him to walk with his class at Heritage Christian Academy on the 17th then return back here to Africa with the team for the school project on the 26th. Corey & Joe both have been working with the other men at the training center trying to continue getting it all ready for the men on the team to be able to sleep there. The ladies of course will be in our home again this year. We pray it will all be ready.
Lu’, our neighbor across the street is here now at our house cleaning, she wont even let me fold my own clothes. She keeps telling me not to over do it or I will mess up the healing process. She is wonderful! They all have been great to us since the accident. There are three ladies who come on a regular basis (Lu’,Tete & Djane) and check in on the house to keep it in order (washing, cleaning, cooking, etc . . .). God bless them all! The help has been very much needed and we are blessed beyond measure! They will not accept money to be paid for their labor, they do it because of their love for us and do not expect anything in return. This has built such a bond between us ladies here, pray that we will be able to reach them with the Gospel as we draw closer to them. It has proven to be true that they trust us very much.
Please keep us all in your prayers as we continue to recover day by day. We love you all!
Love and Prayers,
Joe, Lisa and Corey