My Far Away Girlie is heavy on my heart today.
When I send my kids away with my blessing, one of the things I purpose not to do is allow myself to worry. I truly know that though they may not be “safe,” they are never out of His Care.
It has felt different this time, sending Rachel to Uganda. Not different in that I miss her more, or I miss her less, but maybe a bit of unsettledness over some issues over which no one has any control (Ebola, malaria, typhoid, yellow fever). These have nagged at the back of my mind at times. She did the immunizations that were recommended, and she is careful. But —
Today my girlie is ill. She called a couple of hours ago as she walked to her host home in Uganda. She is running a fever, has an upper respiratory infection and a raging intestinal and upper G.I. disturbance. No, she hasn’t eaten anything she shouldn’t. No, she hasn’t been exposed to anything that she knows of.
However, yesterday, she walked a slum from one end to the other in her internship with Compassion, International. And until this week when they went into their host homes, the team has hardly slept at the same place for more than three days in a month. Who knows what she picked up, and where? She was cheerful, optimistic, but very, very exhausted. And sick.
Could you please pray for our girl? She belongs to Jesus, and He will never leave her, never forsake her, but we feel a need for the prayers of God’s people.