Oh, where to start. First, thanks to all who have prayed and helped during our recent transitions. First, in the early hours of August 4th we welcomed our beautiful daughter, Sofia Grace, into the world. Josiah and Lydia love their new little sister and often clamor to hold her. At almost 2 months old she is quite alert and loves to smile at those around her. For a couple of weeks in July and August we were able to have a nice visit from Jeneson’s Dad. It was great to see him again and the kids had a blast playing with their Appachan.
On August 15th Sandy and the kids said goodbye to Jeneson as he started the New Orleans part of our adventure. Jeneson developed a friendship with one of the members on his Haiti trip who was gracious enough to let Jeneson stay with him for the first couple of weeks of class. While Jeneson was down South starting classes and searching for our family of 5 to live, Sandy was still north taking care of the three kids and packing of the condo for the move. A special thanks to everybody who provided a meal, watched the kids, and helped pack and load the moving truck. Jeneson flew back up to Chicago from New Orleans on September 3rd and we drove down as a family on the 5th.
What a whirlwind month and a half it has been! We are now settled in our new apartment in Slidell, Louisiana. The kids have been enjoying the apartment complex pool, finding all the local parks, and going to story time at the local library. Josiah was excited to learn that they have Awana down here and started attending during our second week here. Jeneson is studying hard and learning and enormous amount of information about tropical medicine at Tulane. Sandy is getting to know her way around Slidell and finding the local Walmart, Target, grocery stores and other essential places. We have found a nice local church to attend and are starting to get plugged in with men’s and women’s ministries.
Things are continuing to progress in Sierra Leone. The hospital construction is continuing and there is now a functional well on the hospital grounds. A few other wells have been completed at some local schools along with more anticipated in the future. The Worrell’s are very close to getting the OK to go to Sierra Leone and continue the well drilling, supervise the hospital construction and facilitate some public health initiatives. Our friend, Dan, just returned from digging wells and is praying about going back the beginning of next year. Currently we have about 50-60% of the monthly pledges needed. Our ability to go depends on people prayerfully pledging to support us on a monthly basis.
Thanks to all who have lifted us up in prayer these last few months, they were certainly needed and definitely felt. We are still in need of prayers. Please continue to pray for us as we get settled in Louisiana and try to make connections. We know that God has brought us down here and are open to how He will use us down here. Pray for Jeneson as he attends classes and studies hard. Pray for our future; we know that we will be down in New Orleans at least until December, but we are open to the idea of being down here for another semester so that Jeneson can complete his Masters in Public Health, but we also want to be in Sierra Leone as soon as possible. Pray that God will raise up more people to pledge to support us. Pray for the people of Sierra Leone and the work already taking place there. As always, we would love to receive calls or e-mails from you about how we can pray for you and how God is working in your lives.
Jeneson, Sandy, Josiah, Lydia, and Sofia Abraham
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.