An update from this part of the world is far past due; and we appreciate everyone who has faithfully continued praying and supporting us during this season, even in our lack of communication.
TRUST is the word the Lord has given me for this season. Trust even if you don’t know, and may never know, all the details involved. With my parents going to the US for six months I felt tremendously blessed to have had the opportunity to serve alongside Saloma Hershberger from March through the middle of June. She jumped in running alongside me and my crazy busy days, as we reassess and try to gracefully downsize and refocus our time and energy, in many areas of the ministry, due to considerable less team members here on the ground now.
At the end of April, Daniel Yoder (AKA Uncle Daniel) came to help out and kept blowing us off our feet with his amazing gift in wood craftsmanship.
Right after Saloma left, when we thought things would begin to slow down, some heart wrenching events played into the scene, that caused our life’s to feel like they almost spun out of control.
And since God always desire to draw us closer to Him, grow us in is His strength, and to a deeper understanding of His sovereignty; when we felt like we had more than we could handle and process, He allowed me to become deathly sick. While Uncle Daniel held down the fort in Krinkrin, Chris, being one of the most amazing brothers God could ever give a girl, took me to the hospital, carried me when there was no wheelchair, made me eat and take my meds on time, wiped my many tears of my out-of-control emotions, encouraged me to not quit, and countless more.
We greatly appreciate and praise God for everyone that participated in praying for Chris and I; because by His grace, He directed us to a Doctor that was able to help and has been very good to Chris and I. This past week when I went back for a checkup and fill my precautions the Doctor restated that it will still be at least a few months yet before I can expect to fully recover.
Chris’ health has also been on a downward slope as well with many of the same symptoms I’ve had six months ago; and the Doctor advised Chris and any other family members who have similar symptoms to also get tested. Chris did get tested and he also has the same bacterial infection, but thankfully he is able to treat it quick enough that it never got life threatening for him.
God also sent us a ray of sunshine and a rainbow to carry us through the rain and storms. He worked it out for my sister Mary to come for a couple weeks during July. God knew that Chris and I both needed some big sister encouragement. During my recovery I’ve had a lot of time to think, pray, and reflect back over the past eight and a half years here in Krinkrin. As I reflect back I feel encouraged beyond words with the respect that has grown between us and the younger generation, and even a handful of the older ones. And with this growing respect it is beginning to validate what we, and others such as Pastor Earl and Damaris from Verbo Ministries based out of Bilwi, have been pouring into them for so many years. When we look at the day to day it can be discouraging and you wonder if you are really making a difference. But if we can pause and take time to look at the big picture it really is beautiful and super encouraging.
I’m also excited that, after almost three years, the family will all be together again, for a week, at the beginning of October, as we gather to celebrate the marriage of my sister Katie and Daniel Haumesser.
We serve a wonderful and loving God; and the beauty in walking in His footsteps is beyond words. Sincerely your sister in Christ, Eva
Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, And He will direct your paths.
Isaiah 55:8-9″For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.