For those of you who don’t know, we now live outside of Casa. I am able to come to Casa to help with the boys. When I’m not there, Jim and Kathleen do a great job taking care of the boys.

On Mike’s journal, he mentioned a family of brothers where one of them is ill. All of these siblings were together here in Vencedores until they went home a couple years ago.  The eldest has Fanconi’s Anemia.  Earlier this year, the two younger brothers returned to Vencedores.  The oldest brother was hospitalized. He is not doing well at all.  I came to Casa early this morning to talk with the boys and have some prayer time with them, especially for the brothers. Jim joined me.

I said, “I wanted to come and talk to you about our Hope.  All of us have fond memories of the older brother, and Candy reminded me about how ‘cute’ he was when he smiled.  He had the biggest grin. When he smiled, his eyes almost disappeared, and he looked Asian, like me.  We miss him very much and we know you do too.  When someone we know has a disease like this, we always want to know why.   I don’t know why some have diseases and others don’t, but I do know what God says.

“All of us will have difficulties in our lives.  Nobody will go through life without problems or illnesses.  We live in a sin-filled world and while we live here, we will be affected.  Remember Job.  God allowed him to be afflicted with sores.  ‘”Skin for skin!” satan replied.  “A man will give all he has for his own life.  But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”’  Are we any different?  We question God for our suffering and sometimes we blame Him.  Job’s wife said to him, ‘Are you still holding on to your integrity?  Curse God and die!’  What did Job say?  ‘You are talking like a foolish woman.  Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’  We are not going to have perfect lives, but we do have a perfect Lord.  We will have difficulties in our lives and when we do, we do know that He will be there for us, walking with us and many times carrying us.

“The most we can do for those we know who are going through difficulties is to pray.  Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, and He revealed the will of God.  ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…’  We pray that God will heal us or our loved ones and we know that His will be done.  If not here on earth, it will be done in heaven.  That is a promise that He has given us and a promise that will be fulfilled.  We need to believe Him.

“When Lazarus was ill and died, his sister Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’  What is God’s will?  Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.  I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?’  Do I know if the brother believes?  No, but God knows and if he believes in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he will live.  This, I do know.

“God loves us so much, and He desires for us to be with Him.  Nothing or nobody can separate us from His love.  ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?’  We are loved by the Lord.  He loves us so much, He died for us and He gives us life.  Eternal life.  Yet, we are not alone.  We do not wait to be with Him, He is with us.  He lives within us.  ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things have passed away.’

“One day, there will be no more cancer, no more Fanconi’s disease, no more Alzheimer’s, no more high blood pressure, no more diabetes.  The old order has passed away.  Jesus said, ‘I am making everything new!’  We are blessed.  We are loved.  We are forgiven.  We are His. How can we not love Him?”

Afterward we gathered around the two brothers and prayed over them.  From his prognosis, it doesn’t seem as though the older brother has much time left. Please join us in praying for him, his two brothers, and the rest of his family and friends. This is a difficult time.

We received a new boy today.  I haven’t met him yet, but, God willing, I’ll see him tomorrow.  Thank You, Lord!

All His,

Lee and Candy

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