Thursday, December 15, 2011


As we come to the beginning of a new year, we will be marking two years since Shiloh was diagnosed with diabetes.  How encouraging it is as we visit our churches to hear people say, "I've been praying for Shiloh.  How is he doing?"

One of my biggest prayer requests before we left Uganda was to find a doctor that would be good to us.  I desired someone who would not be critical of our schedule or demeaning of our care for our son.  This prayer was answered far above my dreams.  The endocrinologist and dietician that God led us to have been very supportive of us and have gone out of their way to help us.  They stock us up with samples anytime we are able to make an appointment, and they are always ready to answer any questions I have through phone calls or emails.  Thank the Lord!

A new kink has been thrown in Shiloh's life this past month.  Testing results have revealed that he is gluten sensitive.  Removing all gluten from his diet put Shiloh in tears for a week.  However, the doctor has left us with the hope that by removing gluten and giving him supplements for repairing the damage done from eating gluten,  his body may be able to repair itself and may even be able to recover from diabetes.  We have never stopped praying for healing, and perhaps this will be the way it is brought about.  If this is not part of God's plan, then we accept that, too. But we do ask that you not stop praying for him, as you do for our whole family. 
Merry Christmas, Shiloh.  
We love you and pray that God blesses you with a long, healthy life.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


One of the many blessings we get to enjoy while on furlough is seeing so many different Christmas decorations.  I need to remember to take pictures of some Ugandan decorations when we return to the field.  Decent Christmas trees weren't even sold in the stores until about 5 years ago.  Before that, the few that could be found would rival Charlie Brown's.  As for decorations, anything goes - balloons, cassette tape "string", toilet paper - you get the idea.

Thus said, our children have had a full immersion into American Christmas trees.  We visited the Ronald Reagan Museum where they had a different Christmas tree to represent each 10 year segment of American history.  On Thursday we were in a town where businesses, churches, individuals, etc. put up decorated trees in the town park, making a beautiful site at night.  Everywhere we look, houses, streets, and businesses are decorated with lights, blowups, trees, and greetings.  We have had the privilege of going to a church's Christmas concert and a Christmas party.  And despite all of the talk about America not being able to freely express their holiday wishes, it warms our hearts to still hear people in the stores, restaurants, and banks say,

"And have a merry Christmas!"