Original prayer request: One of our workers' pastor and his family are going through a difficult time because their five month old girl was recently diagnosed with a serious blood disease. This Friday, the baby, baby Lin, will recieve and MRI to see if she has a bone infection or not. If ther bone is not infected, she will be released next week, but if it is she will have to remain in the hospital for another six weeks. The family is worried about baby Lin and the medical costs are significant. Please pray for total healing for the baby, peace for the family, and provision for all medical costs.
Update #1: The MRI showed that the baby Lin's bone is inflamed, and unfortunately she was diagnosed with a bone infection. She will have to stay in the hospital for at least 5 more weeks. Her disease has the potential to be very serious, but it could also get better. The doctor said within these 5 weeks it will be good news if her inflammation can be controlled and not spread. However, if the infection is recurrent and repeats, it could cause bone cancer and the doctor would have to amputate baby Lin's arm.
Mrs. Qiang(below)'s mother-in-law recently tried to buy a house, but her money was stolen by some fraudulent businessmen. She then fell ill, and is now in poor health. When our workers visited her, she accepted the Gospel. However, she said that she had been to church three times before but could not understand the pastor's sermon.
Please pray for healing and clarity of the Gospel for Mrs. Qiang. God is capable of anything!
Mrs. Qiao (below) became a believer last month! Pray that she would continue to build her life upon Jesus and become a blessing to others.
Mrs. Li (below)'s child had been suffering from diarrhea for a long time, but she recovered from her illness after our workers prayed for her. Now Mrs. Li frequently brings her child to church. Thanks be to God! Pray that this family would truly accept Jesus soon.
This is a recent prayer request from one of our workers in China:
"On February 9th, we visited Qiong's family, who lives more than 60 kilometers away from us. Although the family graduated from the Baby Shower Program a long time ago, their situation has always kept us worried. Qiong's mother is more than seventy years old, and she's been sick for almost three months. She hasn't eaten for more than a week. May God heal her or grant rest to her soul! Qiong herself is also sick. She has tuberculosis and looks very thin. Qiong isn't aware of how she can pass on the disease to her family, so she continues to have meals together with them. This makes us very worried! Her family is the only family in the village that has come to Christ, but evil forces are still tormenting them. Qiong and her mother are not only sick, but are also very poor. May God remedy their broken lives and poverty!"
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Tian has faced many hardships in her life. When Tian's brother was a teenager, he went to Shenzhen for work, but when he returned he was diagnoased with a mental disorder. The family had no choice but to send him to a mental hospital. The tradgedies did not stop there. A year and a half later, Tian had a panic attack when she was fertilizing the soil on her family's farm. She was 16 years old at that time, and since then she has been experiencing hallucinations.
Medication helped clear Tian's mind, and despite her condition, she got married. She didn't obtain a marriage certificate, but she received a bride price from her husband. Eventually Tian became pregnant. Her husband took her to the hospital for a check-up, and the doctors recommended that she stop taking psychiatric medicine. As a result, Tian began to lose her mind again. Even worse, when her husband learned that the baby was a girl, he "returned" Tian to her family, therefore annulling the marriage. When our field workers visited Tian, they saw one of her uncles. He has had polio since he was very young, and can only walk using his two hands. They asked him if his family had engaged in some superstitious rituals, but he said no. However, every family in this particular village is superstitious.
Tian's daughter is almost two months old, and she now has no father. Our field workers gave Tian a blanket and a card as baby shower gifts, but her and her family still desperately need prayer. Please pray for healing and support for Tian as she struggles to raise her daughter and battles this mental disorder. Also pray for deliverance for her and her family from any superstitious strongholds they may be under.