Just an update on the knee… Evan and I have been staying in Australia for the past two weeks. After getting an MRI the Dr. found that I did not have to have surgery as it turned out it wasn’t a torn ACL, it was that my kneecap twisted out which badly bruised the bone. That is why I was in so much pain. So I have been going to physical therapy twice a week and the Dr. has released us to go back July 9th. My knee has slowly been getting stronger and stronger and it has been nice to get a little time in Australia to relax and heal. Thank you everyone for your prayers!
Well as I sit here contemplating whether or not to buy airline tickets to a flight we may or may not get on to Australia, because we need a visa in hand, I am reminded just how hard it is to live in a 3rd world country. No one prepares you for this, and to say I’m having “growing pains” about what to do, who to call, where my credit card is, what paperwork to fill out, what city to get it done in… etc. is an understatement. It all started with a simple walk to photograph a family on Center. I walked out of the Director’s Office (where my office is) and BOOM! slipped on the gravel road with all of 40lbs of equipment on my back. I felt a twisting/popping and knew instantly something was not right. I was going to shake it off, but the pain worsened and I thought it best to visit the Clinic. As the Dr. was examining me she decided that it was a torn ACL, which shattered my world! I have had knee problems all through growing up and have already had knee surgery on one knee…now the other one?! And of course they couldn’t do anything about it here, because we just have a small clinic on Center, no, I would have to go all the way to Cairns, Australia to get it checked out. After a week the Dr saw it again and decided it could be a partial tear, but there is no way to know without an MRI. So begins the process of applying for a medical visa.
So we turned in our application and waited patiently for the Dr. to give a note and appointment time on our behalf. We get an appointment, Monday June 16th…but thats in a week and a half! So we rush to get all of the paperwork turned in so that we can drive 2-3 hours to go get a chest Xray (the final stage of the paperwork). We got it turned in on Wednesday and still hadn’t heard anything. I call the Clinic in Goroka who will do the chest Xray and they say that their Dr is leaving for 2 weeks starting Monday, so Friday is the ONLY day we can get it done. So we’re waiting, and waiting, and we finally get the approval at 2:30pm on FRIDAY and by then its too late. TOO LATE! So now we have to drive 4 hours and spend the night in Lae to get this chest xray, which we HOPE will get approved by Friday so that we can fly out and be at the Dr. appointment on MONDAY. I tell ya, my faith is being tested!
Pray for Evan as he is overwhelmed with all that he has to do without having a partner to help him with it here. Pray for the visa application to be approved in record time so that we can make our flights out to Cairns, and just for getting around on crutches and all of the logistics! Pray for wisdom as to what to do, AND lastly for the pain to subside and the Dr.’s in Cairns to figure out whats wrong (and not have to have surgery!)
June 13, 2014
After a frustrating week of going down to Lae to get our medical visas, and the internet not working for 2 days (which is what we needed in order to get our visas finished), God used some ANGELS. We finally have them in hand and will be going to Lae again on Sunday to fly out and catch our flight to Australia. Monday is the Drs appointment. THANK YOU for your prayers. I don’t think we could get through this without them!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela
As we have been working with the youth for the last couple of months we have come to know an awesome kid named Lenny. Lenny is a senior at Ukarumpa International Highschool and is looking to graduate soon. Lenny is striving to go to a community college in America. In this country very few kids get to finish 8th grade, let alone graduate and go to college! Let alone college overseas. Lenny is a smart kid who has been able to learn how to work at our aviation department here at Ukarumpa. He has a dream for the future of his country, unlike many of the youth here in PNG. Lenny’s desire is to attend the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa in Aviation Maintenance and return to Papua New Guinea to serve his country as an Aircraft Engineer. He has also said that he wants to come back and work for SIL as a missionary. How crazy is that! Well as soon as we heard Lenny’s story we had to pass it on. Lenny can’t do this alone…he needs help! With the help of our friends the Folkers and the Eddys he is getting the chance to go to America for school, but he doesn’t have all of the funds that he needs! Help Lenny get a quality education so that he can come back and serve his country. Thanks guys!
Here is a letter from our good friends on Lenny’s behalf: