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Dwell in the "I Don't Know"

how to tolerate unknowns with patience and great hope

"There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can't bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth..."

-John 16:12-13

I got a letter and a care package from a close friend about a month ago. You'll laugh at me for this, but sometimes, when I get a really good letter, I highlight it and tape it to my wall. I actually wish I could do this in conversations, too, because every once in a while someone says something, and I know I'm going to need to sit with it. 

Here's what I highlighted this time...

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Thank you so much for praying for our family!

Cody has been doing some hydraulic work on a backhoe, troubleshooting some work golf carts, repairing several tools that were damaged in a recent fire and helping a few people with vehicle maintenance.

This team works so hard to serve and care for missionaries who have given their lives to advance the gospel and it's a blessing to be a part of it for this season. Pray for us to do a good job serving with them and to be a blessing to them.

Beka's doing some Bible teaching and discipleship out of her living room when she can. Pray for each of the ladies she's working with to grow in their walk with the Lord. Abi has been asking really good questions about death and how God comes to live inside of us. Pray for him to respond to the Gospel and trust in Jesus as his savior. 

Benaiah is doing very well - thank you so much for continuing to pray for him through his hydrocephalus diagnosis and treatment. We are encouraged with his progress. The doctors at the helmet clinic were really pleased with his numbers and determined that he would not need a helmet! YAY! 

Benaiah's next brain MRI is December 19. It's been a six-month wait from his last scan, but we're getting close! We are praying for improvement in his brain swelling, that he will be able to continue without surgery, and that he will be able to wean from the medicine he takes twice a day to control the swelling. We are praising God that he did NOT have a tethered spinal cord, that his vision was not damaged, and that his symptoms are under control. 

Beka has recovered really well - she is on a beta blocker for her arrhythmia and, at this point, she's been able to return to everything she was able to do before: even running and sports! This has been such a gift!! 

Our family went through a round of ear and sinus infections this month, and it took pretty strong antibiotics to get over them. Before we knew for sure what was wrong, Benaiah had stopped eating again (like he did early on with his brain swelling) and we were consulting with neurology. It was a huge relief that his appetite came back after we ramped up the antibiotics and it wasn't related to his brain! Thank you, Lord.

After we recovered, a few of our family and friends worked together to watch kiddos and give us two nights away for our 9th anniversary. What. A. Gift. It was such a helpful and encouraging break to rest, process, laugh, and spend time together.  

If things are looking good with Benaiah, we're hopeful to start paperwork in January for our return to Papua New Guinea. Pray for Cody as he refreshes on flight procedures and for our family as we prepare for the transition. Pray for us to hold our plans lightly, to grow in patience, contentment and trust, to grow deeper in love with the Lord and to be useful to Him right where we He has us, every step of the way.

Thank you for loving us, supporting us, praying for us, and keeping up with us.
Cody, Beka, Abishai + Benaiah


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