Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Update

Dear Praying Friends, As you know, we are on Stateside Assignment in the USA for medical treatment for Cam. The doctors believe that she has an inflammatory disease that if not properly treated, could develop into an even more severe auto immune disease. She is taking a variety of medicines, some of which help to mask her symptoms and help her to be mobile and have less pain, but which also have other side effects. The doctor at Johns Hopkins is now telling us that the treatment isn’t working as well as she had hoped and that Cam really isn't getting better. Therefore, we need to start looking at new treatment options. For now, she is upping her current medications again, and if that doesn't work, she'll start doing injections of a different and much more tricky kind of medicine. Given what’s going on, the IMB has extended our medical leave until early May. Before that date arrives, we will all need to evaluate where we are at and whether we go back to Brazil sometime soon or will need to look at transitioning back to the USA on a more permanent basis. We have had the blessing of staying with Jeff’s parents in Delaware for the last several months, but the missionary house provided by our church in South Carolina opens up in March, so we'll be moving there (and to warmer weather!) at that point. We continue to homeschool the boys, who are growing rapidly (Blake is already as tall as his dad, and Parker is well on his way to catching his mom). They are both learning a lot about perseverance as they take ice skating lessons and enjoy learning to play the ukulele. We firmly believe that God is in control of everything that is happening and that He is working His perfect timing for Cam’s complete healing and for our family as a whole. We are so grateful for all of the prayers and support we have received from so many. We are especially grateful for the blessing of a community that believes in us and in the importance of missions. Your generous gifts to the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering have enabled us and our colleagues to serve on the field in Brazil and are now making it possible for us to get the medical care that our family needs during this season of our life. As we pray about our current situation and our future, what we hear is that we need to wait and be patient, so that's what we're trying to do! Please pray with us for Cam’s complete healing and for God’s perfect will for us to be accomplished in His perfect timing. With grateful hears for your prayers and your partnership with us, Jeff, Cam, Blake and Parker Dunson