Sunday, June 22, 2008

We Need Prayer

Dear Family and Friends,

I feel I need to send out an e-mail and ask everyone to pray for our family. We have just received some horrible news about my mother-in-law, Louise McDonald. She has been diagnosed with a meningioma. Some of you may know that Sam went back to the States June 10 to be with her because she had just had a younger brother pass away, then her twin brother was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and then a close cousin was killed in a car wreck when an eighteen wheeler hit them. His wife, Cathy, and daughter, Lee Lee, were in the car also. Cathy is doing fine physically, but Lee Lee had two punctured lungs. So please pray for them. Anyway, while Sam is home his mom started experiencing some unusual symptoms, so he took her to the doctor and they admitted her to the hospital to run some tests. That is when they found the meningioma. To read more about this type of tumor you can go to http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meningioma/DS00901. She will visit a neurologist June 30. Hopefully then they will be able to tell her what course of action she will need to take. Until then, Sam will stay in the States to be with her.

It seems like our family has been beaten up by Satan since coming to Africa last June. All the legal issues Sam was having to deal with, Amber Elizabeth’s allergic reaction to something that made her eyes swell almost shut, my broken wrist, Sam’s two black eyes from playing basketball, some mysterious rash Molly Grace had all over her body, Sarah Rose’s ringworms, Molly Grace’s swollen lymph nodes, Sarah Rose’s croupy cough, all the other sicknesses the girls have gone through, my gall bladder problems, Molly Grace’s chipped tooth, and my ear stopping up and not being able to hear for almost three weeks. But, we are still turning our eyes to Christ. He has us here for a reason and Satan does not like it.

Here are some specific prayer requests that I have:

1. I want to ask that you pray for Mrs. Louise; that this meningioma will be benign. Pray that the doctors will have wisdom as to what the proper treatment should be. Pray that she will be comforted through all this. I praise God for the wonderful church family we have at Faith. There are many people there who will be looking out for her once Sam comes back to Malawi. Thank you God.

2. Please pray for Sam as he is going through all this too. He wants to be there for his mother and he wants to be here with his family. He is torn. Right now though, he is where he should be – with his mother.

3. Please pray that when Sam and Molly Grace return to Malawi that they would have a safe trip with no problems. Pray that immigration, customs, etc. Would go smoothly.

4. Please pray that Amber Elizabeth, Sarah Rose, and I will be safe here in Malawi and not miss Sam and Molly Grace too much. We do miss them.

5. Please pray for our family that we will stay healthy and safe. Please pray that Satan would not continue to torment our family. Pray that we would be able to stay focused on God and know that he has a purpose for all this.

I have to say too that there have been some wonderful things happen here this past year. We have met some wonderful people from all over the world. I was able to teach students from eighteen different countries and learn a little bit about their culture. I wouldn't have had that experience if we were in Mississippi. I have seen a little Muslim girl grow closer to God. Maybe she will take what she has learned home to her family. The girls have made some really good friends; also from all over the world. Amber Elizabeth has been able to reunite with old friends. Sam has been able to preach in rural villages and spread the gospel. Molly Grace has really excelled in school; thanks Mrs. Goncalves.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you all for your prayerful support. We love you all so much and could not be here without you praying for us.

We love you dearly,
LeAnne (for all 5 of us)

P.S. On a different note, please pray for Zimbabwe. They are having a run-off election June 27. Things are getting really violent there now. We have some good friends who have had to flee because of the violence. I taught a little boy from there this past year. His name is Dylan Pyman and he is the sweetest and cutest boy ever. My heart breaks for his family. Here is a picture of him the next to the last day of school. They were able to wear traditional clothes from their home country. His mom made this shirt. I told him that I was going to send this to our friends and have them pray for Zimbabwe, so please, for this family and many many others, pray; especially June 27. To read more about Zimbabwe, you can visit www.bbc.com.

Isn’t he cute?

This is really true.

Won’t you pray?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

We are FINISHED!

As of 10:00 am our time (those of you in MS, 3:00 am your time), we are finished with school. We don't return until August 25. Today was Field Day where the classes compete against each other in various athletic events. The reception (K4) and kindergarten classes did their own thing, the 1st through 3rd grade classes did their own thing, and the 4th through 9th did their own thing.

The events for 4th through 9th were long-distancing running (either one or two kilometers; I'm not sure what that is in miles) and I had three of my students run two kilometers. On a side note, this was our first event, so needless to say, they were very tired after this event. Then there were sprints. I even did these with the students. I will pay for it tomorrow. There was an agility course, a football match (soccer game), relay races, long-jump, and high-jump. I attempted to do the high-jump. Not so good. I don't think my feet even left the ground. The kids loved seeing a teacher join them though and it was fun for me.

I have attached a few pictures of them in the long-jump. Their faces tell how serious they were about it.

This is Amber Elizabeth. She was not in my class, but she was in my group for Field Day.
This is Gio Agra. He is from the Philippines. Look how serious he looks.
This is Fatima Diab. Her dad owns the local 7-11. She is from Lebanon.
This is Omar James. He is from England.
This is Nicole Kwengwere. She is from Malawi.
This is Gi Weon Yang. He is from South Korea. He is an amazing origami maker.
This is Aletha Saccur. She is from Malawi. This was Amber Elizabeth's best friend in kindergarten when we were here before.
This is Nina Ayuninjam. She is from Cameroon.
And, this is Chris Mwafulira. He is from Malawi. He actually jumped the longest.


















This is just a little insight into our lives here in Malawi. Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Love in Him,
LeAnne (for all 5 of us)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Please Pray

I would like all who read our blog to pray for several things.

1. For safe travels for Sam and Molly Grace. They got on a plane today at 2:45 p.m. (Malawi time) headed for Brookhaven, MS. There have been some deaths and other bad news in Sam's family this last month, so he is going home to comfort his mother.

2. For Sam as he is the comforter to his mother. He also needs comfort himself because he has lost loved ones too.

3. Pray for Mrs. Louise as she has gone through all this without her family. Thank God for our church “family.” I know they have been there for her.

4. Molly Grace went with Sam because on her birthday (May 27) she fell riding a scooter and hit her mouth on the pavement and chipped one of her front permanent teeth. So we are hoping they will be able to have it fixed while in the States.

5. For my mom, Brinda. It will be hard for her to be able to see Sam and Molly Grace, but not the rest of us.

6. Please pray for Amber Elizabeth, Sarah Rose, and me as we are still here in Malawi. I don’t finish school until Friday, so it was impossible for me to fly back with Sam and Molly Grace. Pray for our safety and especially for the girls that they won’t miss their daddy too much (and I won’t miss my hubby too much).

7. Right now especially pray for Sarah Rose. She has had a runny nose for a couple of days, but tonight she started running a fever and she really feels awful. Her temperature was 102.5 when I put her to bed, so I am hoping the Tylenol will help it to go down and she can get a good night sleep and wake up feeling better tomorrow morning.

8. For me and the end of school. This is such a busy time with Awards Day, Open House, Field Day, etc. I have been so busy the last couple of weeks and have not gotten much sleep.

Thank you all who pray for us (and I know there are many). There is no way we could do this without all the prayer we have behind us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

We love you,
LeAnne (for all 5 of us)
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