Monday, July 26, 2010

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Dengue Fever

At times during our lives certain events happen which leave us scratching our head and wondering whether Romans 8:28 is valid, or whether it has expired.

A month ago our family drove 5 hours to Seattle Washington with every intent to board the airplane that would take us to New York, and then on to Guyana.  But after standing in an unbelievably long line, we encountered complications with the baby's paper ticket.  We tried to reason with the agent, and even offered to pay for an extra ticket so we wouldn't miss our flight.  But to no avail... 

Almost in tears we walked back to the car, and retraced the long journey home.  How come this happened? 

Here's just one reason...

A week ago our bible worker called me from Lethem, and told me the bad news.  He had contracted Dengue Fever.  Dengue Fever is spread by day feeding mosquitoes, and since the rains have been falling incessantly in Lethem, the mosquito populations have been thriving.  The illness includes strong fevers and body aching.  There is no cure for Dengue, and like a bad flu virus, it just has to be endured.  Certain strains of the disease are extremely deadly.

As I was listening to Jacob tell about his "woes" all of a sudden it struck me.  Two weeks prior we would have traveled straight from Georgetown to Lethem.  With the road to Shea washed out, we would have been stuck at the mission house Lethem, and almost certainly, most of us would be sick at this moment with Dengue.

But God in his mercy allowed two things to happen.  First he delayed our arrival in Guyana by two weeks, and then he sent such a deluge of rains that the only road from Georgetown to Lethem washed out, preventing traffic from passing.  So we've had to say here in Georgetown for an extra two weeks. 

God truly sees the end from the beginning, and occasionally he allows us to encounter trials and hardship if it will bring honor and glory to His name.  But at other times, in  mercy, He throws road blocks into our path so that we can continue to move forward in good health and with grateful hearts.

Please pray for our Amerindian bible worker (Jacob) that he would make a rapid recovery because he's been sick for over a week and he's still not fully recovered.

God bless,

James, Joy, Jenna, Julianna

James & Joy Ash
121 Durban Backlands
Georgetown, Guyana
874 South McDonald SW
McDonald, TN 37353
1 (423) 473-1841 or 1 (423) 473-1842

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