September 2010


The latest from Luigi’s father-in-law …

“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.”
And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city
what great things Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39

Sunday morning our small church building was “filled to the brim” and our hearts were warmed and challenged from God’s Word. We had just had the closing prayer and were listening to the announcements when there was some movement in the rear of the building. I was stunned as I turned to see what was going on and saw Luigi entering the door! Without assistance he walked up to the front and read the above verse as his heart’s desire before God! He thanked the entire church group for having prayed faithfully for him during this time of trial and testing. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the entire church! We couldn’t believe our eyes! Luigi who had come so close to death’s threshold was standing before us praising the Lord for His grace and healing. We clapped our hands in praise to God as he returned to a chair in the back. We had our second closing prayer expressing our overflowing hearts of praise. He had been able to get a 24-hour permit to go home during the weekend. He really wasn’t supposed to be out with people but he couldn’t resist coming to the church service at the end to be with his Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It had been a long ten-week absence from church services which meant so much to him. Simone and Daniele have been ecstatic about the Daddy being back home for a few hours. Simone “helped” by holding his Daddy’s hand when we walked various places.

Luigi made wonderful progress in his rehab program. Amazingly, he is able to do the four flights of stairs at the hospital without assistance! Felicia accompanies him in case of need. His surgery to reinstate the large portion of skull bone that was removed back in June has been postponed so that he can completely finish his rehab at the Lido hospital before transferring back to the Mestre hospital for the final operation. Doctors have not given very much specific information ahead of time as to when that will happen but it will probably be within 1-2 weeks . So please keep that upcoming surgery in your prayers. There has been continued slow improvement in the use of his left arm and hand but that remains as a current prayer request, too.

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Friday I looked at Felicia’s facebook and saw these pictures …

Luigi playing with his kids at the Rehabilitation Center's Beach : )

The Whole Family ... Precious!!

I definitely had tears in my eyes as I looked through her pictures. I’m so thankful for how the Lord has preserved Luigi’s life, and I’m so amazed at his progress! God is so kind! 🙂 And I saw on her facebook yesterday that he got to go home for a 24 hour period! How exciting!

Keeping with the theme of Italy … I got to see these precious kids a few weeks ago …

Me & the Stanisci kids

Pretty in pink

Silly!

Oh boy … my time with them also brought tears to my eyes … I sure do love these kids! 🙂 The Staniscis (along with all the other Grace Church missionaries) were home for a conference with Grace Ministries International. This was the first time I’d seen Cristina and the kids in a year! I’m not sure how many times I said this about the kids: “They grew so much … they’re huge!”  It sure did my heart good to see them. Which reminds me of something I should probably share … part of what was great about seeing Lucio and Cristina was discussing where I was at in my pursuit of going to Italy. I think I’ve already shared that I’ve decided not to pursue going to Italy anytime in the near future. I’m not saying it’ll never, ever occur. But the Lord just hasn’t made it clear that I should be pursuing the mission field, and therefore, I’m not going to. Lucio and Cristina’s counsel and feedback on this matter was encouraging and affirming, for which I was very grateful. The Lord clearly directs His children, and so if He gives me clear direction to go to Italy … I’ll follow it. But today, He’s called me to the Santa Clarita Valley. 🙂

Ummm … I’m hoping ya’ll can see these pics … they weren’t showing up once I posted this. Sorry!