I recently had the privilege of getting a spinal cord stimulator implanted in my spine.
It has been one of the best medical opportunities offered to me this past year…and now at 8 weeks post surgery I couldn’t be more thankful for it.
Nerve pain is horrible, and something that I had no idea about until experiencing it myself day and night. At first it was really hard to manage, but was at least still manageable. But over the last 10 months there literally was no type of therapy, medication or basic surgery that could touch it. It was so exhausting both physically and mentally. You don’t want to let yourself be physically controlled by pain, but practically you actually often don’t have a choice.
This past year has been challenging in many different ways. We may not always be able to control our circumstances, but we CAN control our emotions and actions. I have been encouraged by so many others who are going through incredibly difficult life situations, yet they don’t allow circumstances to shake their beliefs and therefore they don’t lose hope.
It is so easy to forget that our lives are a gift from God, and even when we feel pain and discouragement we are privileged just to be alive.
I am so thankful for the grace God showed me by letting me get this surgery done. It is definitely a success in reducing the nerve pain enough to regain a quality of life. My prayer is that it will continue to work well even in the years God still gives me here.
I am thrilled that I was able to start physio last week, and look forward to continuing to recover!
My fancy remote 😉
How exciting it will be to fly back to Zambia again soon!
Take a moment to read my January Update Letter to hear more.
“It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.” Psalm 18
Thank you for continuing to be faithful in prayer, and trusting God together with me for full healing to happen in my body. It has been a long and challenging journey thus far, but I have not lost hope in our miracle working God.
The amount of medical tests, and re-tests that I have had done since July last year has been overwhelming, but I am thankful for each one that has brought clarity into this situation.
The exact time it entered my body is unknown (likely up to a year ago), but a specific bacteria invaded my body. Since its beginning, it has done a powerful job of multiplying itself within my tissues and harming a number of systems within my body.
As a result I have developed thyroiditis, neuropathy and myopathy, which has led to spinal osteoarthrosis, facet joint sclerosis and herniated discs.
I am currently on a good 5 day/week therapy plan where we are doing everything possible to reduce pain and inflammation and aim for regeneration and healing of the mechanical damage that has already been done in my spine and pelvis. Please pray that this month will bring miraculously quick improvements in healing and strength….the last seven months of pain and sickness have really exhausted me, but I continue to find joy in keeping my eyes on Him and am starting to see the light at the end of this tunnel.
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27
Interesting things happening in my life lately – click on this link to view my newest update.
Words cannot express the deep joy, peace and sense of support I hold in my heart to be sent out as a Career Missionary by my Salem Church family.
It is an honour and a privilege to be sent by a church that has such depth and is so full of champions in the faith. I will only ever be as strong as the prayer warriors behind me.
I also thank God for the great unity between myself as I am serving in Africa, and the church in Waldheim.
What is the unity between us? We are all ambassadors of the same King, with the same desire to ‘become a proclaiming people’ no matter what situation we may find ourselves in.
Thank you Pastor Darrell for your mature spirit led leadership that always seeks to fulfill Salem Church’s vision statement of ‘seeking to be a church where everyone proclaims the gospel at every opportunity.’ I count it a privilege to be a proclaiming person for Jesus in Africa under your commissioning and guidance.
Prayers of sending
Thank you Chris, Priscilla and Vanessa for your beautiful words of encouragement
Where am I now?
Pretoria, South Africa!
I will remain in Pretoria for the next few weeks to take part in a number of important planning meetings with some very wise leaders, as well as receive personal guidance from them at the same time.
I thank God for these rich opportunities!
I am already looking forward to then travelling back up to
Tabitha Skills Development in Zambia!
How amazing it is to share the news that the 40-foot shipping container was successfully packed (all in just 2 hours!) and will soon be on a boat to Africa!
This project that once was just a dream, has now become a complete reality.
What have I learnt from this? Never underestimate the ideas God puts in your mind and heart, no matter how impossible they may seem!
Shirley Turner, you are a champion to have initiated all of this, and your faith in God has proven to be unmovable!
I’ve now been back in Canada for a few weeks, and what a warm welcome I have received from so many people…I am so grateful for friends and family!
I will be around until March 17th and am looking forward to connecting with you all.
That date may seem far, but I know it will come so fast…
I will be sharing from my past year in Zambia and South Africa in Salem Church, Waldheim on January 11th…see you there!
A Zambian greeting from one of my favourites 🙂