A Word From Steve Jones
January 15th, 2018
Urgent Prayer Request!
-> -> -> Please pray for Andrew Rozalowsky, husband of Suzanne, Fellowship International’s Administrative Assistant, who is currently battling acute leukemia. Andrew was initially diagnosed in December 2011 and after receiving chemotherapy the cancer went into remission.
This Fall, Andrew and Suzanne learned that the cancer was once again active. Andrew has undergone several rounds of chemo with little, if any, response.
Andrew wrote earlier this week (Tuesday, December 17) on Facebook: “So I may be eligible for the Ottawa clinical trial for a stem cell transplant. It wouldn't proceed until the end of January so they need to keep me alive until then. I'm on oral chemo and a steroid at the moment. If that isn't helping to control/bring down my blast cell count by Friday we're going to go another route with some different chemo and higher dose of steroids. Two ways of putting it both from my doctors mouth: we're in no man's land and we're outside of evidence based medicine at this point…
“Suzanne just left; we were reflecting on the hope of resurrection, the hope that all those whose trust is in Christ have. Does sickness, disease, and loss suck? Absolutely. But Christ has redeemed us from sin and its consequences so that we (again, those who trust Christ) have a true hope built on a firm foundation. That is the only reason I can be at peace right now. That is the only reason my soul is at rest. The nurses and doctors have seen it and it has started many conversations, even today. To Christ be the glory.”
Please pray for this young family—that the chemo Andrew is receiving will work to improve the situation, that Andrew will be accepted into the stem cell transplant clinical trial in Ottawa, for continued peace and encouragement as they wait on the Lord, for Suzanne as she cares for their young children (Jacob, 4 and Daniel, 8 mths) and supports Andrew during this difficult time.
Thank you to those who have already partnered with FAIR in providing relief to those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. To date, we have received $131,007. FAIR is working in conjunction with Emmanuel International as well as ABWE. Both of these organizations have a long history in the country and have network systems in place to assess how best to provide relief to those impacted by the typhoon.
We are currently working in areas in and around Tacloban City hit hardest by the typhoon. Initially, funds were used for emergency relief through the provision of food, drinking water, medicine, tarps/tents, blankets and hygiene kits.
The next phase is focusing on rebuilding: clearing away debris, repairing/rebuilding homes and providing wells for safe drinking water. In addition, churches in 10 communities have also received funds to assist them in rebuilding homes and churches.
Because of the extent of damage and the impact this has had on the general population, the final stage of assistance will come in the form of rehabilitation: providing skills training, the establishment of Micro Financing opportunities and back yard gardening which will assure greater food security.
Thank you for your partnership in the Philippines through FAIR.
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