Monday, November 28, 2005

Urgent Prayer Request

I had a call from my dad earlier today, to let me know that my sister is in hospital, and they have discovered a tumour, and internal bleeding, in her brain. This news comes, as I suppose it often does, without any advance notice...

Rachel is 27. She is married to Colin, and they have two children - Jamie (just turned two) and Rosie (about four weeks old).

I've just spoken to dad again. It's hard to know what to write, as my information is second-hand and hampered by the difficulties of cross-global communication. Apparently she has been accepted for operation, and is due to be moved to the appropriate hospital. The size/shape of the tumour would suggest it is most likely benign (though these things don't come with any guarantees), and the medics are being confident that they can do something about both the tumour and the bleeding...

It is frustrating to be on the other side of the world, even though all we can do is pray and that isn't location-limited.

Please pray that we would experience God's peace reigning in heart and mind: for Rachel; for Colin, Jamie and Rosie; for my/Rachel's parents, our brother, me and my family, Colin's parents...
...And please fight for full healing for my sister Rachel. Thank you!


  1. Anonymous10:44 am

    We're praying too.... it's huddle tonight so I will fill in Jane, Nick, Chris etc... our thoughts are with you and family.

  2. Anonymous11:46 am

    Hi Andrew and Jo, have been going up the wall all day since hearing the initial news this am so it was great to get an update via your site (and really strange to hear about what's happening a few hundred yards away, via Australia!) Have since spoken to David and understand that surgery is going ahead. We send you a big hug from us, this is a nightmare for you being so far away and we feel for you. Be assured everyone here will be rallying round and we hope you have people to lean on over there; I'm sure you will. We'll see you soon, with much love from Brett and Janet xx

  3. we're definitely praying -

    the saxtons

  4. Anonymous3:05 pm

    Terrible news Andrew. I hope that everything goes well.