Missionary work is not all made up of big stories. It’s a lot of little stories, everyday stories. But no matter the size of the story, one thing is always clear: we serve a BIG God.
On Thursday morning, I woke up…it was a normal day. Elias and I went for our morning walk. I did the dishes. And I prayed that my time that day would be HIS time. About mid-morning I received a phone call from one of the expat nurses in Sentani. Our good friend, Ryan had an infection in his leg that was not responding to oral antibiotics and so he needed to get out to a bigger city to get an IV. Nathan was already out flying, so I had no way to get ahold of him but he was due back in Nabire about 45 minutes later. I knew he would turn around right away to get Ryan.
Meanwhile, the nurse was speaking to Steve, one of the Sentani pilots about how to get the drugs Ryan needed to Nabire. He happened to be scheduled to come to Nabire that day to deliver some airplane parts and so he could easily bring the medicine along with him. He also got ahold of Nathan on the radio before he returned to Nabire, so that Nathan could turn around mid-air to get Ryan rather than returning to Nabire first.
We happened to have a nurse (Mindy, our future teammate…yay!) visiting Nabire for a few weeks, so she could put in the IV and care for Ryan’s wound.
Within 20 minutes of the decision that Ryan needed to get out of his village, Nathan’s airplane was landing there to pick-him up; Steve was loading his airplane with the necessary medicines and Mindy was setting up my family room as a make-shift clinic.
An hour later, Ryan arrived and not long after that so did his medicine.
Less than 24 hours after Ryan arrived, it was decided that he needed to go to Sentani for further medical care. And, after seeing a doctor in Sentani, it became clear that he most likely needs surgery to removed the affected tissue.
Last night, as Elias was going to bed he said, “I nervous about Ryan’s owie. We pray gether, Mommy?” Sweet boy. Will you pray too? Ryan has a long road ahead of him, but we’ve already seen God arrange so many details for Ryan’s care, I have no doubt that He will continue to do the same as they move forward.
**UPDATE: Ryan is out of the hospital now. The super strong dose of anitbiotics worked and he should be returning home soon!