Archive for September, 2008

We’ve moved!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

So it’s official- we’re really doing this whole “moving to Africa” thing!  We finished packing up our place in Surrey and have put all our stuff in storage.  Currently we are living in abbotsford in my dad’s basement until the 18th when we are flying out!  Our move went really smoothly- cause we had lots of amazing helpers!  And the place is cleaned and I’m turning the keys back over to my landlord today.  Praise God that it went so well- everything fit in our storage locker!   We are still taking care of the myriad of details with the trip- but we’re getting there! 

If you need to contact us for any reason- please feel free to e-mail and we’ll give you our address or phone number!  Although- for all of you who received our missions letter- the address while we are away is on the bottom (that’s where all our mail is sent)

shanny.brink@gmail.com

My refuge,my place of safety

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

SO I started to get a bit “worried” and anxious about our trip to Africa.  What trials might we encounter?  What diseases might we be infected with?  What if…?  What if….?  But then God did something wonderful the other day.  He reminded me of why I love Him so much.  It’s my favourite thing about Him: He takes even the broken pieces of our lives, weaves them with His grace, and makes a beautiful story.  (Ginny Owens said that- the blind Christian singer).  Looking back over my life- EVEN WHEN my hope was lost, disasters struck, the ground I was walking on fell from underneath me.  When the earth shook, the sky fell, and everything I knew changed- God did something amazing in my life.  During the valleys, the deserts, the storms and trials not once did they overcome me.  God brought peace and healing.  He was my safety, my security.  So why would I be afraid of what’s to come? Because EVEN IF there are trials and sorrows, losses, and struggles, yet I MUST Praise Him because He will do something beautiful from them.  We are not to be afraid of disease, sickness, death, suffering, loss or despair because God will carry us.  You’ve got to hear this song by Ginny Owens “If you want me to.”  What a testimony!

Psalm 91 was an incredible reminder again today “This is what I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.  For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease….if you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home…”

Remind me- friends and family- in struggles and trials of How this wonderful, beautiful God we serve will rescue us in trials, and provide us with His love and safety during life’s losses.

What a beautiful thing about You God!  Take every broken piece of our life and make it something valuable! “Just because You love me, the way that You do, I will go through the fire- if you want me to!” (Ginny Owens song)

Update Letter

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

We recently e-mailed out a 1-page update letter, about how preparations for our trip are going, and about Shannon’s knee surgery. I thought I’d post it online here for any of you would didn’t get the e-mail. So, here it is. If you’d like to get the e-mails, though, please let us know!

Surgery

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

So my first surgery is over!  (And I can’t sleep – hence the 5:40 entry).  It was yesterday at 3 pm which meant a lot of waiting, killing time, and hunger!  I had a major coffee withdrawal headache prior to the surgery!  But the centre was super nice and the staff great….the waiting room had huge leather chairs, pictures on the wall (looked more like an insurance office or something versus a surgical centre).  The nurse took me upstairs away from J around 3:30 where I had lots of questions asked, changed etc…then the surgeon popped in and wrote on the appropriate leg (good thing).  Another surgeon came in and left, then another nurse, then the anesthetist.  Finally they came to get me…how weird- walking into the surgical room and hearing “At last…..” (the song) “my looooove has, come along….my lonely days are over”  Interesting choice of music.  There was a flurry of activitiy- IV being poked into me, the other arm being strapped down and then “you’ll start to feel a bit drowsy.” I definitely felt loopy (would be a better word).  And then before long I was waking up in the recovery room.  Although “waking up” doesn’t really describe me for the rest of the evening. 

I was loopy and out of it for the next number of hours- as the nurse chatted away with me, as she got me dressed, when Jason came in, and when they loaded me in the car. So drowsy it was irritating- just couldn’t get my bearings.  Then at home I was like “forget it- I’m going to bed.”  Only slept for an hour and then I was not really able to sleep so got up, watched a bit of 24 (DVDs we got) and then back to bed at 9:30 only now to be awake since 3:30.

Had my first self-injection last night of anti-coag- went surprisingly well.  I can actually use crutches (way better than the injury last time where Jason had to carry my leg around for the first number of days) and had no nausea PRAISE GOD! 

However- my shin has this odd looking bruise and i have no sensation there (if you touch that area I can’t feel it!)  I have some good pain drugs and such, my husband around, my mom coming today and lots of movies.  I should be fine!

Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers!  All is well (so far) and I’m just glad to be done!!!

Shannon