Saturday, October 16, 2010

José López surgery - (Sequel #7)

Sequel #7 - (not so positive, but still positive) to July/August 2010 Update - José López, Román and Elías--10-16-10

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

How fortunate José (Yes, that is José...STANDING now, and only 4 little bandages!) is to have brothers and sisters from 2 villages who are willing to sacrifice to take such good care of him as he recovers from his surgery. How sad it is that while he has been staying with Ramón and his family in the village of Loma Alta, someone back in his own village of Carlos a la Torre broke into his humble little house and stole absolutely everything of value that he owned (except his bed); his CD/radio/cassette player, his oscillating fan, his point-and-shoot 35mm camera and a 10-meter bundle of electric cable. They took an extra Bible he had left at home, too, but that was found discarded along the path leading from his house to town. José knows what it means to “suffer loss,” and this is certainly not his first experience.

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Román is one of the key Huichol mother-tongue-translators working on the Huichol Old Testament translation project. He lives with his family in the remote mountain village of La Quemada, the village to which Pastor Manuel of the previous “Sequel #6” hiked for the Bible-teaching session. The unbelieving villagers who are enslaved to their traditional religion and the worship of some 150 gods are constantly looking for ways to aggravate and persecute their Christian neighbors. Román sent his 7-year-old son, Elías (Elijah) to bring back home the family burro that had been tethered to a tree outside the village. One of the unbelievers purposely spooked the burro that took off running with his rope wrapped around Elías’s leg, dragging Elías behind. Fortunately, Elías has no broken bones, but the severe rope burns made him unable to walk. When UIM pilot, David Wolf, was able to return to the village to bring Pastor Manuel back to Tepic, he also delivered a supply of *sterile bandages and antibiotic ointment for treatment. Román reported yesterday via his solar satellite Internet connection that our prayers for Elías are being answered and he is now able to walk again. Seven-year-old Elías knows at his young age, the true meaning of suffering persecution.

*BTW, I bet my friends, Margaret and Yvonne, among many willing tools in the Master’s hands who have a vital part in this work, never dreamed that the huge supply of sterile bandages and assorted ointments they loaded into their suitcases and left with me when they came for a visit to Tepic 2 years ago would find so many important applications. The medical supplies have now been instrumental in keeping infection from a severe burn (mine), José’s repulsive surgical wounds (MANY bandage changes) and now Elías's rope burns.


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