Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sonya's Hope

     When Randy and I traveled to Ukraine last year, we were blessed with a surprise in new friendship with Christina Rudenko. She and her family are a very dear part of Eli Project our ministry partner in Brovary Ukraine. Christina's daughter Sonya is a special little girl who has been living with terrible hip pain for several years and is in need of surgery that cannot be done in Ukraine. After a lot of travel and visits with doctors, her hope is a surgery that costs $48,000 euro . They have been told by a German foundation that they will consider a possibility of providing a partial amount, but only after at least 50% has been collected.

      As the mom of five with special needs and knowing the challenges, I cannot imagine the added efforts of visiting doctor after doctor trying to find someone who will even bring help. I am asking you to consider reading about this precious little girl and her plight.

      I praise God that she was born to these parents who have trusted faithfully in the midst of much. Thank God Sonya was not orphaned! The Rudenko's represent HOPE to many in Ukraine.  Can we help them?  Can we blow their sock's off with Jesus love?  Can't wait to see what God will do!
Click on this link to read ALL about sweet Sonya and to see the documentation on costs. And by all means SHARE on FB if you can!! 


Lucia and Cephas story by KSDK's Mike Bush

Lucia and Cephas video -KSDK tv January 12, 2014

Cephas's Awesome Video's

 Next week we travel to St. Louis for his pre-op appointment with anesthesiology and his last visit with the doctor before the big surgery.  He understands his legs are coming off.  I'm not sure he can fully grasp what that will be like but I don't think any of us could completely prepare for a double amputation.

I decided to take some video for our own recording and memories and wanted to share with you all too.

Cephas crawling and going upstairs

Cephas going downstairs

It's sort of hard not to notice how sweet he is!  God has been so good to build up trust in his little heart and to give him such a joy for life. 

Lucia speaks!

 So many of you have asked how Lucia is doing so I thought I would take a little video and have her tell you herself!

Lucia speaking about how she is doing

If you couldn't make out what she said, she was letting you know she is doing great and working hard to sit up in her wheelchair for longer periods of time each day.  :)

She is very ready to be out of her brace.  The days are long in the brace.  She is keeping a good attitude as you can see but I know she longs to move on to other things.

Just some tidbits of information for those who might be curious:

- Typically when children or adults undergo a surgery of this magnitude they can begin a more rigorous schedule with therapy.  Because of malnourishment and being non-weight bearing for many years, her bones are very soft.  Her therapists are only able to work on helping her stretch her neck, move her arms and stretch her feet.  They want to be sure that her bones attach well to the hardware.
Lucia with her physical therapist, Tonya (WE LOVE HER!)
-She is in her brace except for tiny breaks from time to time.  Even when she bathes she is in a special brace made for bathing.  This means that snuggling together is pretty impossible.  Her greatest yearning right now is to snuggle with mom on the couch.  That's top priority when she becomes brace free!

-Lucia cannot come higher than a 30 degree angle until her brace comes off May 10th.  She has some fairly grandiose ideas of what that day holds.  While we are excited for all the future holds for her and have great expectations, we know May 10th begins a new journey of learning to sit up straight and holding her head up for extended periods of time.  Pray for peace and grace as she waits.

- She is scheduled for an appointment with orthopedics July 3rd to address her hips.  They are out of socket and on one side has no socket.  Pray we have wisdom in making decisions on how to help her be able to sit straight and onto her hips comfortably.

-Lucia has dreams to walk.  It's her hope to stand up.  The doctors don't think that is likely but haven't really told her that.  We know our God is a God of miracles - nothing is impossible with him.  Pray we are ever strengthened in faith and that Lucia will trust God, seeing him as good in everyway no matter what the future holds.

-We are so eager for beautiful weather outside.  Last week we had an extra nice day and she spent most of the afternoon on the covered front porch.  I thought I heard her so I went to the window to listen and she was singing!  She spent a good deal of time belting her heart out.  These are the simple pleasures that bring such joy to her and those who watch her.  

Thank you so much for praying for her!