the break widens…

Our friend’s surgery was successful today! Praise God! He did really well. He is so courageous. He had to have the trach under local anesthesia. He barely flinched through the whole case! We learned more about him today as well. It turns out his mama is with him and loves hime very much. He was also a professional football player for Guinea! Happily, he was much more animated today than the first time we met. He was doing his best to communicate with us. Hope seems to have returned to him. This surgery couldn’t have come soon enough. It’s a complete God given miracle we showed up when we did. Based on the size of the tumor and continuing growth, he was just about to the point of suffocation. God is truly good and greatly to be praised! The next couple of weeks, we will hopefully fatten our friend up. Pray for his health to remain stable so he will grow stronger. He is one determined man. 😀

His… Michelle
Philippians1:20

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a tiny break in the clouds…

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I know you remember my friend. I had some good news today. His tumor is benign! Praise God! He is coming to surgery tomorrow for a tracheostomy and feeding tube placement to prepare him to have this monster removed from his face! This will be the first step in a long process for him. I believe he will have at least two or more surgeries to repair the damage this tumor has created. I’m just so happy and excited for him! He’s on his way to looking like a regular man again. God is good!!! Thanks for all your prayers! Please keep praying for this man as he has a very long road in front of him. Pray for him to be strengthened nutritionally so he is in the best state he can be for surgery. Please pray for the tracheostomy to go safely as he is unable to receive general anesthesia for that part of the surgery. It would be too dangerous for him so it has to be done under local. Pray for the surgeons to use wisdom and discretion. Pray for us to be alert for any sign of trouble. Yay! Will update more after we do his surgery tomorrow. 😀

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

what does suffering look like in west Africa?

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The man in the above photo came to my OR today. He was at screening day. He has what Dr Parker believes is a benign tumor that grows out of tooth enamel. But, this tumor is so bad, he did a biopsy to be 100% sure before doing major surgery. Why? The tumor has grown into the base of his skull. This will make surgery very risky for him. I was so honored to be part of this man’s team. He’s a Fula man. He’s just 38 years old. He weighs just 44kg/98lbs. This awful tumor has been growing for 5 years. The sorrow in his one visible eye is indescribable. I can’t even begin to imagine the suffering, to watch your own life slip away slowly and painfully and alone. This man has probably been hiding in shame, rejected by those around him because they think he is cursed. Nobody should suffer like this alone. Please pray fervently for the Lord to heal him, either by our hands or by a miracle. Pray for him to know Jesus. It’s hard to know what a person holds onto when they have lost the ability to speak. May Jesus touch him with His powerful healing hand and have mercy on his soul. Lord give us wisdom to heal this man. I will keep you posted. Thanks for your love, support, and prayers.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20