Bienvenue en France! The last three weeks have been a blur to say the least. The day before we left for France Eve was in a tremendous amount of pain.
We were looking up ways to try to get into Paris earlier in the day so that we could get Eve to the doctor in the afternoon rather than really late at night or early the next morning. That night we were so blessed though. While we were sleeping in Tirana (or trying to sleep), so many of you were praying that God would heal Eve, that the flight would be safe and Eve would have the strength to make it, and that God would guide us. We are so thankful for all of your prayers. Eve woke up feeling better than the day before and was able to take the flight without much trouble.
While we were in France we were very well taken care of. We have many reasons to thank God for this trip. Eve’s family was an enormous help and a tremendous blessing. They watched the kids when we needed them to, they housed us and fed us for two weeks, they helped us figure out how to buy a car and get around town, they were great. We are so thankful for their help. Thank you so much to Ilka and Philippe, Sylvia and Tim, and Nath. We love you all.
As for the prognosis, Eve had an acute viral infection- hepatitis. The hospital in France was also a big blessing. The care there was very good. The day we got to France was almost gone when we landed and by the time we got to the Kyle’s house, it was way too late to go out to the hospital. So we didn’t make it until the next day. Eve was feeling a little bit better that day too (Praise God!!!) so we decided not to have her admitted to the hospital. Because we didn’t have to admit her it took longer to get all the tests done, but over the next week we were able to get the tests done that we needed to and we were able to get out of the house a little bit (plus it saved a ton of money). We were able to go look at cars, do a little sight seeing, get some yummy French food, and most importantly, get Eve out of the house. We are so thankful to God that Eve was feeling good enough to get out!
As for hepatitis, apparently you can get it from the water. Today, Eve’s health is very improved and she is excited to be feeling this much better. We are so thankful for all of your prayers, emails, and encouragement. We are so thankful to have a support team like all of you. God has been so good to us. If anything, we are a testimony to God’s goodness to undeserving people. We are so thankful (tis the season!).
We are back in Tirana! Praise God! We are here, we are safe, and we are tired! But God is with us and we are looking forward to serving Him here in Tirana again. Thank you so much to Anna Key and the Searls family. They made the long trip much more bearable. Thank you for all of your gifts of love! We owe you both so much.
Anyways, this will hopefully be the last blog like this for a long time. We love you all and look forward to reporting to you again next Sunday night.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11, NASB)