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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