We received word from the doctor that Sirah’s condition has continued to decline. Here is what he wrote us yesterday:
I am sorry to say that Sirah seems to be getting worse today. She had seemed stable for a few days but I think she may be close to heaven now. Her White Blood Cell Count jumped up to 34,000 and her hemoglobin dropped again to 7.5 gm. She is getting blood this evening. I think she probably has more dead bowel in her abdomen. Short of a miracle I think she may not make it through the weekend. I am very sorry that things turned out so dismally medically. I had prayer with her father and the watchmeri. Sirah is still awake and alert. Thanks for all your prayers. ”
Please pray for Sirah as she prepares to meet the Lord in glory. Pray for Daasilin who has been by her side for the last weeks. She went with Sirah expecting her to have the operation and return in a couple of weeks. She would never have expected this outcome.
Pray for Sirah’s father Elias who is also by her side these last days. Pray the Sirah’s testimony would impact him deeply and cause him to turn to the Lord for salvation.
Pray for Sirah’s mother who is still in Wusuraambya and will likely not see her daughter again this side of heaven.
We are so thankful for the time we’ve had with Sirah and the wonderful testimony she has been of God’s love.
Thanks once again for praying!
Andrew, Cathy, Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh Goud
We just chatted with our Wusuraambya friends, Kena and Willis. Kena shared how they had gone to the house of mourning for Daaren. Daaren’s father Sailas has been sharing freely with others that his son is now happy in the presence of his Lord. He has been chanting songs of joy instead of the traditional mourning songs of despair. This has been a huge testimony to those who have not trusted Christ as their Saviour yet.
We also heard that another young Wusuraambyan man who works another shift at the same company where Daaren worked, almost touched where Daaren touched causing the accident, only hours before. He could have died and gone to a Christless eternity. Thankfully Daaren was ready to meet his Saviour. Please join your Wusuraambyan brothers and sisters in Christ as they pray for this young man, Dan, as well as the other unbelievers, particularly Daaren’s brothers that they would come to Christ through Daaren’s death. God does not waste opportunities to draw people to Himself. He has each of our lives mapped out, and He has our final day marked on His calendar. Let’s make each day count for Him.
Thanks for praying for Sirah and for the surgeons this morning. Here is the surgeon’s own words tonight: “The Lord did indeed help us today with her surgery. Thanks for your prayers and those of your supporters. The spleen was very huge and had some enormous blood vessels supplying it. It took us a while as we carefully had to suture each of these. She did not loose too much blood but since she was low to start with and lost about a unit we gave her two packs of blood. She is stable post operatively and has an acceptable blood count…….”
Isn’t it great when God says “Yes” to our prayers? The surgeon would like Sirah to stay at least a week before beginning her journey home again to ensure that she doesn’t rupture anything so soon after surgery. Please continue to pray for complete healing.
Thanks again for praying. God is listening!
Andrew & Cathy
Because the surface of the airstrip has become very rough due to water erosion, it became necessary to close it on August 5. Drainage ditches are needed along each side of the airstrip as well as addition maintenance. Since the airstrip closed, we have heard that the Wusuraambya people are working hard on the required maintenance. When Andrew goes in Sept. 24 he will fly in to a neighbouring airstrip and hike for about an hour (if the trail is dry) to get to our home. Please pray that people will stay motivated to complete all the necessary repairs so that the airstrip can be reopened soon.
Goud children begin new school year at Numonohi Christian Academy
After nearly two months in the tribe for summer vacation, our children have begun another school year at Numonohi Christian Academy. Josh is now in middle school (grade7) and Dan, Ben and Heidi are in highschool, in grades 9, 10 and 12. Heidi is on the softball team and Ben is on the volleyball team. All four children enjoy interacting with friends. We thank the Lord for dedicated staff who seek to be a godly example to the children. Please pray for Heidi, Ben, Dan and Josh, as well as us as parents, that our love for our Lord would grow stronger each day.
Believers teaching in Romans 12, giving our bodies to God
During these next two weeks the believers in Wusuraambya will be taught from Romans 12 concerning the aspect of giving their bodies to God as living sacrifices for Him to use as He desires. Pray for the believers as they discern what this really means. If we give our hands to God would we continue to use our hands to steal or play cards (gambling) or fight? No, God would not desire to use our hands in that way. If we give our mouths to God, would we say harsh words of hatred towards people who hurt us? No, God would rather use our mouths to speak the words of love contained in the Gospel. Pray that we would not only be teaching these thoughts to the believers but also have practical opportunities to teach our children how to apply these truths in their young lives. Pray too that we as a couple will noticeably apply God’s Word in our day-to-day lives.
Students of INTERFACE come to Wusuraambya
Several times a year groups of young people who wish to “check out” missions, come to the college-level missions program known as “Interface” here in PNG. (Click on this link to find out more: Interface PNG) As part of their program they visit a tribal location. The day they wanted to fly in, the weather was TERRIBLE with clouds right down to the ground! The team never did make it in the first day, and the second day there was only a window of time for them to get in before the clouds set in again. Despite having to slosh through the MUD, they had a wonderful time of fellowship with the Wusuraambya believers.
Heidi and Cathy leave for Australia on September 7 for Heidi’s jaw surgery
It is only a short time now until Cathy and Heidi travel to Australia for Heidi’s jaw surgery. They will fly down on September 7th. Heidi has 4 pre-op appointments with the surgeon beginning on September 9th and the actual operation is scheduled for October 5th. They will stay for two weeks after the surgery for additional appointments before returning to PNG on Oct. 20. Please pray for Heidi as this will not be a pleasant experience, and for all of us as we are separated for 6 weeks.