GBS Update: Tuesday 27th April 2010

Well, what can we say? Last Wednesday, we almost lost our precious son, but here we are 5 days later with so many answered prayers for which we praise our Sovereign God. He is still very ill, but the doctors say he is strengthening, and Luke has such a positive and thankful heart for all God’s done for him and in him. The biggest thing Luke was grateful for yesterday was that the doctors decided to hold off the plasma exchange as he has made such marked progress since Wednesday!!

God has surrounded us with an army of pray-ers, and we thank each one of you from our hearts for fighting in prayer with us for our boy. We heard yesterday that a church of 3000 have been praying for Luke in Africa too! So we know there are thousands of you interceding with us for his life for which we praise our Mighty God. We are so grateful for such answers to prayer, but there is much still to pray for, so please bear with us until we see Luke fully healed and restored.

Please pray

1 For the continued strengthening of Luke’s lungs. They tried him with a valve yesterday to use instead of letting down the trache, but his lungs still aren’t strong enough. Please pray for healthy, strong lungs, so that he may actually come to a place of not needing the ventilator. This is usually a long process.

2 For increased movement in his fingers and hands. There has been definite improvement here, but there is a long way to go for full movement.

3 He has a lot of sputum in his throat. It can’t be suctioned off his chest as it lies on top of the trache, and he can’t seem to dislodge it. Please pray for this to loosen.

4 The antibiotics have now stopped. Please pray that he won’t become infected again, which is a constant risk when you are ventilated.

5 Gary has just spoken to his nurse, who said he has had pain in his body overnight. This is ‘good pain’ but has interrupted his sleep. Please pray for this to go, and that he will be able to sleep and rest. Please pray that he wouldn’t relapse in any way.

6 Thank God that he is still able to speak, and has been enjoying banter with the nurses, asking what privileges you get for being the longest serving resident in ICU, which he is now they have transferred somebody else out!!

Only God can bring Luke out of this trial and it to Him we look continually. We see His hand in so many ways, and know that we can trust Him. Luke has been listening to this song over and over in hospital

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves? Their own soul could heal? Our shame was deeper than the sea Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save You alone can lift us from the grave You came down to find us, led us out of death To You alone belongs the highest praise

You, oh Lord, have made a way The great divide You heal For when our hearts were far away Your love went further still Yes, your love goes further still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save You alone can lift us from the grave You came down to find us, led us out of death To You alone belongs the highest praise! Thank you for praying your hearts out with us!

With much love

Gary and Debbie

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