I haven’t been faithful to put up the latest on what’s been going on with Luigi. So to give a little recap of the last few weeks … he’s been in a rehabilitation facility, and it wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that he had the surgery to reattach the piece of skull they’d had to remove due to swelling, etc. From what I understand, there continues to be some swelling, but so far so good since reattaching the bone. He continues to struggle with using his left arm. But why don’t I just let this last update speak for itself. 🙂
October 18, 2010 – Report #18
I am so grateful to report Luigi is back home again! Actually, he came home Friday, October 8th after approximately 3½ months in the hospital. I apologize for the delay in getting this good news out. Actually, I thought it would be very meaningful to all of us for Luigi to be able to report personally to everyone who is receiving these email updates directly from us or indirectly (since these updates have been forwarded by so many of you to church prayer chains, other groups of praying friends, mission-wide prayer bulletins, missionary constituencies, etc.). With his trying to get back into a routine of daily living, it was understandably necessary to be patient till he could dedicate some time to writing the following letter which I will translate from Italian.
A VERY BIG SPECIAL THANK YOU again to each one who prayed for Luigi (and all of us affected by his fall), or who wrote to encourage us or who gave to help meet Luigi and Felicia’s financial needs! May God recompense many times over for your demonstrated love!Frank (and Kathy) King
Biblical Ministries Worldwide – Italy
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Faith,
This is Luigi who is writing you! I thank the Lord that I am back home after my last operation on my skull. It was so wonderful to be able to embrace my wife Felicia and little sons Simone and Daniele. It wasn’t easy to anticipate that operation knowing that there could be complications. Trusting God gave me peace. It was so good to pray with my wife and know that you and many others were praying for a good outcome from the surgery. Dr. Ganzerla (editor’s note: the lady doctor who brought home-made jam and visited Luigi and Felicia at the Lido hospital) who together with other medical staff had previously taken care of me in intensive care and who had specifically said that my case and recovery was not only to the merit of doctors and surgeons but also to God) asked for her work schedule to be changed so she could be present to help during the entire operation. It was beautiful to see the personal concern, compassion and dedication of Dr. Ganzerla. Before my being dismissed from the hospital she came to say good bye and again it was an opportunity to talk to her about God. God willing, I hope to follow up with Dr. Ganzerla and ask you to pray for her. Please pray also for Doctors Lazzari and Insolia as well as the medical and nursing staff. I have spoken with many of those who assisted me in intensive care, and they have been impacted in the hospital by what they often saw and/or heard of my family members and church family praying and testifying of faith and hope in God even when there were few encouraging signs from the doctors’ evaluations of my physical condition.
Before my last operation, I had a 21 year-old roommate called Alex who was admitted to the hospital for a tumor cyst between the two hemispheres of the brain. I talked with his mother about the Lord who coincidently has a store near an evangelical church, and I also witnessed to his sister. I also hope to go soon to visit them.
Right now I feel well physically even though I have a constant muscular discomfort in my back and very significant hindrance yet in my left hand that really slows me down even in the simplest activities, although this is insignificant when I consider what could have happened! Thank you for also remembering to pray for this matter. As far as my brain is concerned, there are no major problems except to see if a little accumulation of brain fluids on the right side is being uniformly redistributed. I don’t have quite the sharpness and clearness of mind as before (editor’s note – this affects reflex and depth perception). That together with the left hand problem does not permit to drive the car yet.
I am convinced, however, that God will continue His work of healing in me, be it physically or mentally. I am encouraged with the many opportunities this has given me to testify of that which the Lord has done for me to relatives, friends, and acquaintances in general. I want to continue to bring Him glory in my life.
I want to thank you again for the concern and love that you have shown me, for your perseverance in prayer, and the generosity of each one’s heart who gave towards our needs!
Please pray for Marco, a friend that I met in the rehabilitation hospital who is still there with problems, but with whom I was able to establish a good friendship. We continue to talk about God and he knows I am praying for his healing. It would be such a wonderful “fruit” from all my hospital experiences if he would accept Christ in his heart.
With much love and acknowledgement,
In His love
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Thanks to all who have gone on this journey with me. I appreciate your prayers so much! I’ve been so blessed and encouraged throughout all of this … from seeing God’s power and kindness to seeing the body of Christ respond in love and prayer … it’s all just been so amazing! THANKS! 🙂