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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Home

Dear Praying Friends,

Praise the Lord both our boys are home from the hospital.  On Monday Carrick was discharged, and yesterday they released Christian.  Both boys will continue antibiotics and cough medicine as needed, however, they'll both be cared for (spoiled) in the most  loving environment there is.  Both boys are happy, and it's hard to put into words our feelings about having them home again.  Thank you all, so very much, for your faithful loving prayers.  Please continue to pray for full and complete recoveries; as that's what we are trusting the Lord for.  God bless you all.  We love you.

William LeFevre

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Morning in Shumen

Dear Praying Friends,

I have just returned from the hospitals, and both boys continue to fare well.  Christian, our baby, is off his breathing treatments.  And we are awaiting testing to determine the present condition of his infection.  Carrick still has an infection, and some of his present happy-go-lucky state is due to his medicines controlling and partly masking the problem.  Hannah mentioned today, that first thing in the morning, prior to his injections, he's weak and his breathing labored.  However, medicine or no, he is much improved from the evening we brought him in.  And whether it's a couple more days or even a week, we are praising God they are still with us and getting better.  And we are trusting God to deliver them home again, happy and healthy.  

Please continue to pray for Hannah and Sarah, as they are rooming with the boys.  Thank you all again for your gracious outpouring of love, both in your words, and especially your prayers.  We love you all.  God bless you.

William LeFevre

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Good Report

Dear Praying Friends,

A quick update.  Both boys are much improved.  Last night Carrick gave us quite a scare.  His fever was terribly high, he was out of it.  This morning, he was himself again: playful, respectful, but mischievous.  When Hannah would step out of the room, he'd hide himself in the closet.  So very good to see him better than he was.  Christian continues to make progress.  They have ordered another series of tests for Monday, which is good news, in intimates a possible release pending the results.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for praying.  You'll never know what your prayers wrought in our lives, and what you all mean to us.  God bless you all.  We love you.

William LeFevre

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Second Prayer Request

Dear Praying Friends,

First, let me thank you for your prayers on behalf of Christian, our 1 year old.  He continues to improve.  Today they altered his medicine to reflect his condition, as he doesn't need quite the strong dosages he was taking upon arrival.  He continues with nebulizer treatments, but only as needed.  I was able to see him briefly this evening, as I replenished supplies to the room.  (In Bulgaria, the patient is responsible for everything: sheets, towells, food, etc., even so far as to go to the pharmacy for any medicines the nurse might need.)  The doctors said they still anticipate at least 4 or 5 more days in the hospital before he can be discharged.

Secondly, please pray for our 2 year old Carrick, as he has now been hospitalized as well.  He was admitted this evening with a severe case of the flu (presently Bulgaria is experiencing an influenza epidemic), complicated by the onset of bronchitis.  At anyone time there are several 'bugs' running their course through the people we come in contact with.  This particular strain quickly escalates or morphs from run of the mill childhood illness to something more severe.  In 24 hours Carrick went from mild to non-stop coughing, from a low grade fever to 104+ when he was admitted.  They were able to bring his fever down some shortly after arriving, however, Hannah just called to say it has spiked again.  The nurses are trying to determine the best, and quickest way to get his illness under control.

This, of course, is a double strain on Hannah.  Not only does she have two sick little boys, but they are hospitalized in two separate facilities: Carrick in an infectious disease building and Christian in the children's hospital building.  The buildings are part of the same sprawling complex, but a ways apart.  Consequently, her sister Sarah is staying with Christian, while Hannah takes care of the present sicker of the two.  I am busied running errands for both patients and their nurses.

Again, thank you for all your kind words, and especially your prayers.  As my father-in-law is want to say, we are still doing better than we deserve. God is good and merciful and worthy to be praised in every circumstance.  God bless you all.  We love you.

William LeFevre

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Another Update

Dear Praying Friends,

Christian continues to make steady progress. The doctors informed Hannah this morning that the infection was much deeper than they had at first thought, but, the medicine was doing its job. They also cautioned us that, more than likely, he would begin vomiting as the medicine breaks things up. His appetite continues to grow, as does his impatience with being cooped up. Hannah has been allowed a few hours reprieve, for rest and a private shower, as the doctors consented to let her sister Sarah stay with Christian. When she returns, we've been informed, she'll have a private room with it's own separate facilities. Hopefully, they will also permit visitors. Thank you all again for your many words of exhortation and comfort, and especially your prayers. We are blessed indeed, and so thankful to be part of the family of God. We love you
all. God bless you.
William LeFevre

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Updating

Dear Praying Friends,

A quick update on Christian.  At this moment he is still in intensive care.  This morning the shift doctor came around, listened to his breathing, shook his head, and told Hannah Christian would remain there for now.  Last night was difficult, not so much so because of his laryngitis or pneumonia, but because of the port they put in his hand for medicines.  Throughout the day, by irritation and activity, Christian had affected the port to such a degree that when they tried to give him his injections it was extremely painful.  They then had to re-insert the port.  Long story short, and minus many details, they weren't very skilled at it.  We are thankful the night has passed, and joy comes in the morning.  He awoke after getting some sleep, with an appetite.  He didn't eat much, but at least he's hungry and trying to eat.  Keep him and Hannah in your prayers; last night was very trying for Hannah.  

Thank you one and all for remembering us to God.  Your prayers work, availing much.

William LeFevre

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prayer Request

Dear Praying friends,

Some of you know, some of you don't, but our 1 year old, Christian Asher LeFevre, was hospitalized last night.  He was admitted into intensive care with breathing problems.  After blood work last night, and an x-ray this morning, he was diagnosed with a bad case (the Dr.'s words, what all that entails were not sure of as yet) of pneumonia and laryngitis.  The laryngitis has prevented him from taking any food, and any medicines orally.  Currently he has a port in his left hand for injections, and is under going regular breathing treatments.  Please pray he regains his appetite soon, and does not become dehydrated.  Also, keep Hannah in your prayers, that she doesn't get worn out and ill, as she is rooming in with the baby.  Typically a child diagnosed with pneumonia is hospitalized for no less than 5 days.  There is a flu epidemic presently in Bulgaria, and more than half the children hospitalized are there with it.  Please pray the Lord would keep him (and Hannah) from contracting it while his immune system is low.

Presently Hannah is staying at the hospital in Shumen, while I go back and forth from Dabravino.  Carrick, our 2 1/2 year old, is staying with his grandparents, and I return to him nightly.  Christian is such a happy baby, it is distressing for his mother and I to see him in such a pitiful condition.  We trust our God to deliver him, with the help of your prayers.  We love you all.  God bless you.  

William LeFevre

Friday, February 10, 2012

Family Update

Greetings from Bulgaria,


Winter has finally arrived. While cold in December, the weather was relatively mild, with only one or two snow falls I can recall. The last four weeks have been a mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and fierce winds. Late in January we received about 6 inches, with another inch or two following a few days later, with a few more inches falling now and then. The roads are all covered with snow. And while the village has a snow plow it employs, the broken roads don't allow for a clean scrape, leaving them dangerously slick. I have ventured out for a drive two or three times, and while the powdery snow makes for decent traction, it belies the ice beneath. The temperature is supposed to remain below freezing for quite some time. A day or two ago, we hazarded a drive to Romania. While the majority of the roads were relatively clean, the closer we got to the border, the more large snow drifts we encountered. A kilometer or two from the border, we were brought to a dead stop due to an immense wall of snow that had covered the road. We were forced to wait until a snow plow came along and cleared a path. We returned the same day, and the condition of the roads had improved due to local municipalities cleaning efforts. All the missionaries were supposed to get together in Romania this weekend. However, due to the inclement weather the full assembly has been postponed indefinitely. Instead Zach and I, Lord willing, will travel up there instead. Saturday, while cold, is supposed to be clear. Sunday, however, a 'wintry-mix' is supposed to start up again, lasting (according to www.accuweather.com, my preferred source of weather info) for another week or so.


Christian has began toddling. He still prefers crawling, or walking the perimeters of rooms holding on to furniture. He's quite a pill, not nearly as docile as Carrick was at that age. He has learned to show how strong he is, to clap, to say 'Uh-Oh', to blow kisses, and to shake his head yes. He never does any of these on command, however. When you ask him to do something, he just hollers some unintelligible remark. He is independent. Where Carrick liked someone to hold him, while he held his blanky, and drift calmly off to sleep, Christian doesn't. Christian wont hardly go to sleep if he's being held, kicks all the blankies off him, and will allow the slightest distraction to prevent his slumber. Carrick falls fast asleep while Christian is lamenting the confines of his crib. He does, however, like his exer-saucer. You can put him in it, and he will sit for long durations of time sucking his thumb watching everyone go about their business. He is also quite smiley; smiling at anyone and everyone who might be able to take him out of his exer-saucer, then crying if they don't. All in all, he's a very happy baby, and certainly a harbinger of joy.


Carrick is all boy. He likes to run around with a wooden spoon tucked under his arm and shoot bad guys. He loves the snow. Yesterday he played outside for two hours amidst the blizzard. This morning he was up and at 'em, boots in hand, saying, "Outside, outside!" He also has a temper. The other day he wanted Coke. (Apparently his Aunt Rebecca, during her brief stay, would give him Coke in his sippy cup when no one was looking; his grandmother Jane, affectionately referred to as Mimi, does the same thing.) When Hannah said, "No. You can have water." He got mad, and ran around the table, pulling all the plates off, saying "No eat. No eat!" Thankfully his wooden spoon gun was handy. He loves to sing and perform. Every night at family alter, after singing a few hymns, Bro. Matt, affectionately called Papa, asks Carrick what songs he would like to sing. Usually it's "I'm in the Lord's Army", followed by "Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me" followed by "Only a Boy Named David". If they ever teach him "Father Abraham" we'll never get through family alter. He likes to perform. The Bulgarians employ recitation of poems as teaching aids. Every child attending Bulgarian school has to be able to recite certain poems at certain times. The Welch children (those attending Bulgarian school) are constantly practicing and rehearsing their poems. After each rehearsal, Carrick says, "My turn" and then spends a minute babbling something unintelligible, after which he grins and waits for resounding applause, sort of reminds me of my preaching, minus the applause.


Hannah has cabin fever. She has expressed her desire to live in the city, in an apartment. While that may certainly be a necessity at some point, I have no desire to reside in a city for any long duration. She likes the convenience of city life. She likes the thought of being able to get out more than once or twice every two weeks. I tell her she's free to frequent any of the little village stores, but that hardly satiates her. (The village has a bank/post office, a hardware store, and two or three general stores. There is cheap clothing available in the Turkish section, so long as you don't mind track suits, and or jeans with double the standard amount of pockets, and zippers that lead to nowhere.) She has a few things that help her while away the quiet wintry hours (besides the boys and I). She is teaching the oldest two Welch children, twins Luke and Sarah, preparing them for graduation and ACTs. Also, every morning she walks for exercise more than pleasure. At six o'clock every morning she's up, dressed in her warmest clothing, and out the door with her sister, for a three mile traverse of the surrounding neighborhoods. I don't know why she exercises, she can't stand to lose any more weight. I think all the extra clothing makes her feel bigger.


I am well. After having lost forty some pounds, the diet is on hold. I would say it's on hold due to the weather, and that would partially be correct. Mainly it's on hold because of all the good cooks in the house. My Turkish studies are progressing, albeit slowly. I can understand quite a bit, however, I am slow in replying. By the time I have formulated either answer or question, the conversation has moved on. Due to the weather, I haven't been able to get to many other meetings outside the one in this village. Last Sunday, I made it to the meeting in Varna, but we had to cut it short due to the start of a freezing rain. A couple of days ago I made it as far as Provadia, but noted the roads to both our Thursday villages were closed due to snow. I love the Winter weather; I love the snow, and the cold temperatures; I don't much care for being stranded days on end.


Hope everyone is doing well. From Hannah, Carrick & Christian and myself: we love and miss you all. God bless you. Pray for us.


William LeFevre



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January 2012 Prayer Letter

"Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?" Isaiah 53:1

Our praying friends and family in the Lord,

It is our pleasure, by the grace of the Lord Jesus and the power of the gospel, to send you 'good news from a far country,' as THE good news cannot but yield good news. B.R. Lakin once said, "Every bush is ablaze with God, but only those with eyes to see pull off their shoes." If we're not careful, the routine of day-to-day life can keep us distracted from the provision, and ultimately the presence, of God. And God is forever at work, reaching out to saint and sinner alike, wherever they're found, demonstrating His infinite love. That's my prayer then, to have eyes to always behold the handiwork of God, and not only beholding, but partaking of as well. In 2011 the Lord showed us at every turn His interest in and faithfulness towards us by conveying us safely here and providing the necessities for our remaining here. 2012, though newly upon us, has already proven (and that many times over) God's great, magnanimous love for these poor Turks, and the power in prayer His people possess.

Since Bro. Matt Welch's return, I have been attending Bro. Alish's meetings. Alish is a younger national pastor, in his mid thirties, and has been in the work for the last ten years. Alish pastors eleven churches. The newest of these churches is in Avren, the village where Alish's in-laws live. The Lord birthed a church in this village as a result of two teenage girls' fervent prayer and desire. In late 2010 they began to meet in an abandoned house, just the two of them, sing the few songs they knew, and pray God would start a church in their village. The Lord heard, and a little while later, Alish's in-laws opened the doors of their home for a meeting; soon after, revival broke out. Alish's father-in-law, known as the village drunk, was gloriously saved and sobered, and set the town talking. Though Avren has only a small Turkish population, they all heard and were soon making their ways to the meeting.

Ahmet, Alish's brother-in-law, had married a Bulgarian girl, a university graduate. She had been a philosophy major and an avowed athiest. Not long ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. After seeking medical help and finding no relief, Ahmet said there was a place he knew of where she might find help. A few days later, she was the sole Bulgarian in a room crowded with Turks, listening to songs and a sermon about someone she denied existed. Praise God her denial couldn't quench His desire, and she, too, was saved. Soon after, she went back to the doctor for reevaluation. The doctor couldn't understand it, but said the cancer was gone. He added, however, that from all the tests, it looked as though she would never have children. Two weeks ago, the Lord confounded the wise again, and she's now expecting; they're praying for twins.

Alish's father-in-law began praying for his brothers. From all accounts, his brothers were much worse than he was, one of whom was nicknamed "The Captain" because he intimidated everyone he met. He was not only a drunk, but a violent drunk. His wife said she had never known him sober and had never lived without abuse. But God heard the prayers of his people and began to work in the Captain's heart. He was invited to, and attended, of all things, a baby dedication at the church (typically supper is made, hymns are sung, a message is preached, and the baby and family are prayed for). The Captain had never heard anything like it. He went home later and poured out all his liquor. He said he had to go back the next time they had church. A few days later, he was sitting on the floor next to his brother, tears in his eyes, listening to the songs of Zion, opening his heart to God. Though several villages and many kilometers away, he still comes as regularly as he can and has started attending other of our meetings closer by. His wife, who, as a result of his dramatic conversion, became a believer herself, testified, "It's all like a dream; I don't know whether I'm awake or asleep. I feel like I'm floating. My husband's a new man and I'm a new woman." There's still a brother or two who need saving, so keep this family in your prayers. And pray for us; the Lord knows all our needs. Remember, the same God, through his son, the Lord Jesus, who heard and answered all these prayers, hears and answers, and will answer yours. God bless you all. We love you. Happy 2012!

Because of a living Saviour,

The William LeFevre Family