what does suffering look like in west Africa?


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



Today, I learned about a tiny little nation called Comoros. It is an African nation, a little island off the coast of Mozambique. The largest religion of this nation is Islam. They have a population of almost 700,000 people. Sixty-seven percent of the population is unreached, meaning they have never even heard the Gospel. And that bugs me. It bugs me because it makes me question my life, my goals, my mission. It makes me wonder if I could go into a place like this and shine the light of the Gospel and be brave enough to withstand persecution? I have no idea. I have no idea what it is to be persecuted or suffer for Christ. Sure, people have scoffed at my belief and I think even refuse to associate with me for my belief, but that is hardly suffering, living in a great free nation like the US. Which makes me wonder,  would I trust God enough to be as open with His Gospel in a place like Comoros? I don’t think so. That is incredibly sad. And I have no idea what to do with that?

Ten things I am thanking God for today”

201. Jeanna’s grampa made it through surgery
202. Linda is going to have the best treatment plan
203. I feel good today
204. I want to pray more for others
205. Galen seems really happy right now
206. the new bracelet Vicki made for me as a gift
207. the strength You are providing today
208. making it completely through the day outside the black hole with only a small slip into it
209. Your light is getting brighter
210. Comoros

His… Michelle