Kasalehlie! I know some of you have been waiting to hear an update of our summer so here it is!
We started out the summer with a visit from Tom and Corey Pennington from Huntsville, AL who came for a missions trip. We had a great time with them here. They were such a blessing to our family and to the ministry here. We certainly hope they can return for a future visit!
July 16-21 was youth camp and the week went really well, in spite of having no water for bathing due to no rain the whole week! If you ever thought camps in the US are "roughing it", you should camp out here! No electricity, no running water, very primitive bathrooms and sleeping arrangements! A true camp experience!
We just finished out our week of VBS! It was another great week! We started out the week with low attendance as there were some childrens activities going on at other churches in the area but towards the end of the week we were averaging around 60 per day. Photos and videos of the week are being posted on our new church Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ABCPohnpei.
At the beginning of the summer, I started to get an irritating cough that just wouldn't go away. I had no other symptoms - felt great actually, just an annoying cough. It continued to get worse, in spite of going through several rounds of antibiotics, and being tested for just about everything! Then I started having some severe pain in my left side around the rib cage which became so severe they decided to admit me at the hospital. They were afraid my spleen had ruptured. Thankfully, this didn't turn out to be the case but the pain continued so they kept me for 4 days on IV meds for pain and to treat the cough. They determine I had pertussis, but were not sure what the pain was from. They've since ran some x-rays on my ribs and spine and found that the rib right in the area where the pain is, is slightly pulled loose, probably from the coughing and my spine is very crooked! Fortunately, as the cough is getting better, the pain is getting less and less and we're praying it will go away completely. Of course, we're wishing we had a chiropractor here on island! Thank you to those of you who prayed for me through this! It made the summer a little bit difficult for me but I'm happy to be seeing the end in site now!