These past months have been busy, yet wonderful. We have seen God work, bless, strengthen, encourage, and glorified! First of all, we'd like to thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. People's prayers are precious to us. Prayer is valuable because prayer works. Kind words are appreciated and well accepted, but prayer is coveted.
September concluded with a week long revival meeting at Redeemer Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN. We saw God really bless that week. The spirit of the people grew sweeter through the duration of the week, their fire for the Lord seemed rekindled, and their commitment to God seemed strengthened. Each night everyone was faithful in inviting more people to come, and as a result we saw more people attending as the week progressed. During the week, people shared with me how the Lord was working specifically in their lives. The week following the meeting there was a renewed zeal in simple church attendance too. Seeing God do a work is exciting! On top of this special work, the people were such a blessing to our family. Each person made our family feel welcome, and we enjoyed fellowship with each one of them. Getting to know Pastor Williams was also a blessing. We enjoyed our time greatly at RBC! The hardest part of the meeting was leaving. While we may not be there every week, we will always remember our week there. As with every work of God, Satan will seek to discourage and destroy, please pray for these special people to remember the work of revival that took place in their hearts, and to constantly live in it.
The week following the meeting we headed back down south to our home and home church. Our church has been gracious in providing housing for us. We had a small army greeting us with readiness to help us settle in, and a meal already made for us! The help was such a blessing. It's great to be in a place where people love and take care of you, which is certainly more than I deserve. The trip itself was uneventful -which was shocking, but welcomed. We didn't even have any "close ones" on the road!
Since the move, we have taken time to help at the church with music, graphic design, outreach, and a little bit of everything else. Then in the past couple weeks, we discovered my wife has Placenta Previa. She and the baby are both healthy. This just means that Valentino, Jr. will need to be delivered a little early via C-section. Now there are some concerns as well. Too much cervical change could cause the placenta to bleed, and within minutes could bleed out, killing the baby. The major prayer is then that there is no early labor, bleeding, or any sort of cervical change. The ideal time to deliver with this condition is around thirty-seven weeks. This will give his kidneys enough time to develop, and gain a little weight. He has already received steroids to boost lung development. If early labor begins, it will be an emergency C-section if the doctors can't stop the labor. If this is the case, it will mean the NICU for a little while. Other concerns affect my wife, which includes hemorrhaging, blood transfusion, and a few other things that are less likely.
Right now Kate is supposed to just take things easy until this baby comes. I have then been staying close by, serving at our church until the baby comes. If any emergency arises I can be there for my wife and son. In the meantime, I have been able to work locally to sustain our family. Right now we are just praying and waiting. We appreciate all those who have been praying for us, and ask you to please continue. Your prayers are a blessing! While we may not know everyone that is praying for us, we thank God for the prayers that go up for us.
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