“Rum-pa-pa-pum.” In a time where songs of The Little Drummer boy filled the atmosphere, it was a different beating- an unusually fast heart beat- that signified to us something was wrong with our young son, and had us upending moving plans to get him immediate care. For several days, doctors looked for the cause while just keeping him on fluids. When a diagnosis finally came, nearly a week after the first symptoms, he was already showing signs of recovering “on his own” (we were seeing evidence of God’s healing in his labs and such). We did opt to take the doctors’ advice in some areas and take some steps medically to prevent further issues. We were in the Good hands of a Good, Good Father, who sees such a bigger picture and had us exactly where we needed to be for this time.
A couple months ago, I (April) ran across the quote by missionary Jim Elliot: “Wherever you are, be all there.” I knew when I read it that I wanted it displayed in my house. Honestly, as a missionaries with our heart pulled to multiple places, we knew it was something we needed reminding of constantly. We can also see the application to other things, like technology, that pull our attention away from that which God has placed in front of us. Additionally, my personality can often be task oriented on what I can do, but God was calling to my heart to just be…to be fully present and engaged with what he brings to me for each season.
To be honest, this extended time stateside, wasn’t what we thought we wanted. Yet, time and time again, we have seen his goodness and faithfulness, and we sit in awe. This month, because of the steps we needed to take to prioritize Pierce’s health, reaching out and “doing” in the community we are placed in has been difficult and limited. This is a time we have been gifted to focus on family. The needs of our kids during the many challenges and transitions in the last year have been very intense at times, and we are thankful for a time to focus on ministering to their needs and the fragrance of our family. We appreciate so many of you who faithfully partner with us, and support us in the many aspects of what it takes to do this work- in every season.
We have had some follow up appointments with Pierce, and things continue to look excellent. The diagnosis the doctors settled on came with many intense issues that are possible/ common during the acute onset and the following weeks. He has undergone a fairly rigorous battery of tests to monitor for any issues, and every test comes back absolutely normal. There continue to be no permanent effects that they can see at all! We are staying the course with prayer and preventative medicine for a few more weeks, but fully expect to be completely released soon! We praise God for all He has done and is doing! We continue to place our trust in Him and His plans for our future.
While our main focus has been family, a few things have been happening with ministry things in Eastern Africa as well. Additional connections and opportunities across various borders in Eastern Africa continue to present themselves, and we are making connections and meeting virtually to learn from others and discern what the next steps are for the ministry expansions God may be preparing in the future. Please pray with us for favor and discernment as we continue to seek His will on our next steps. Your faithful partnership through prayer means so much to us!
About Jonathan & April Noah
Our vision is to Empower, Equip, Exhort, and Encourage the local people and ministries of Eastern Africa. So, as to become self-sustaining in order to further the kingdom of God, our heart is to see people be radically changed by the power of the gospel.