missionaries serving with Campus Crusade for Christ and FamilyLife

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday afternoon update

Hi All-

Thank you for your prayers. Zoey's fever is lingering around 100 without Tylenol today. We are trying to let the fever do it's work.

She slept on & off through the night in an upright position. That seemed to help reduce her cough. We decided to skip the China ER experience and hold out for the more western medical clinic nearby. However, we learned this morning that it would be very expensive and the pediatrician would not be in the office before 1 pm. We were just praying HE would direct our steps & give us wisdom.

God brought an American- Physicians Asst. to our table this morning at breakfast. Yep, REALLY!! She was here helping another adoptive family & we starting talking. She was able to offer help to us!!! We are just in awe of how God works. We were able to get meds for Zoey today. We have kept her in the hotel room- resting & drinking lots of fluids. She is napping on & off. We are so grateful for your continued prayers as we trust HIM again & again.

"Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31 

Did anyone read the Jesus Calling for today?

He is ministering to us at every turn. He is tending to US as we tend to our girls! Mama and Mercy went out for a bit shopping. We found matching dresses for the girls. Mercy even let us take pictures. She glowed. She told us she felt pretty. Oh, our hearts just melted. What a joy to see HIM work in her life. What a privilege to love them both so much. We cannot begin to put into words how HE is answering our prayers that we would adore them and love them well. Our hearts might pop. We already love them both so much. 

  Thank you for praying for our sickie girl!

Beautiful girls!! 

We also bought Mercy a Bible. We knew of a couple of Christian shopkeepers in a particular area. We were able to find some materials last time we were here. Some of them have been shut down. We were able to find one. We bought Mercy her first Bible- English/Mandarin on each page. We told her that this was the most important gift we could ever give her. The shopkeeper agreed & got teared up. She gave Mercy a special cross bracelet as a gift. It was tender. Mercy doesn't really understand yet, but she definitely understood that this was a very special moment. We are praying HE would give her an incredible testimony of HIS power in her life. We are praying many would come to know HIM because of her life. 

We will close out the blog for today with our favorite photo from breakfast this morning! Baba is so good at being silly & building connections. Isn't GOD amazing?!?!?!  Thank you for continuing to pray for us..... most of all ...that GOD WOULD BE GLORIFIED as we put all of our hope & trust in HIM!!! 

Praying for US Consulate appointment first thing tomorrow AM. It's the culmination of many details, a TON of paperwork, clear medical exams and much hard work. Praying for no glitches and much celebration. Praying for our Zoey girl to be much improved. 

With love & gratitude for all the ways you have stood with our family- 
Art, Jen, Mercy & Zoey 

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 
John 16:33 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Art and Jen, I just found your blog today. I went way back and read through to current. My heart is so full! Several time I got all teary, remembering the emotions we experienced on the day we met our girls, and the adjustments of the first several weeks with them. I am praying fervently for the four of you over the next few days, and even more as you arrive home and begin the process of coming together as a family. Today I'm praying specifically for Zoey's health, and for overwhelming peace for Mercy. And for strength for both of you. I know you must be exhausted on every level. I wish I could bring you a meal when you get home! Sigh. Much love to your family. Emily Bertholic