A lot has happened since our last blog update at the start of the new year . . . Andy had to travel to the U.S. for a second spinal injection in early February. This time he did not get the relief that he felt for a couple of months after the first one. His pain worsened very quickly, and we as a family returned to Indiana the end of February so Andy could be near the medical resources he needed to deal with this condition. After a month of unsuccessful physical therapy, Andy is now scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday, April 11 to remove the part of the disc that is pressing into the nerve. This should relieve the pain he has in his leg and foot. We are praying that his back pain is stemming from this leg pain and that this procedue will be all he needs even though this surgery does not tend to ease backpain.
Meanwhile, we, together with FUM, made the decision that we will take a leave of absence from FUM since Andy is going to need ongoing access to medical facilities for some time to come. Since we do not have a clear timeline this leave is indefinite, and we will seek other employment. FUM will continue to provide our insurance and salary through May to allow us a transition period. Lisa is planning to return to Belize to pack up our house and take care of all the remaining details there as soon as Andy has recovered enough from his surgery.
Thank you to all of you who have been supportive of us and our ministry at Friends Boys School. We anticipated serving there for many years, but we know that God is leading us back to Indiana for now.