Monday, May 5, 2008

Urgent Prayer Needed

I thought it was appropriate to send out this brief note this afternoon. We received word about 2 1/2-3 hours ago that one of our missionary families needs our prayers. The Throop family is ministering in a remote part of Papua New Guinea. Sometime today, Mr. Craig Throop developed severe abdominal pain which he can hardly tolerate. He is unable to keep any liquids down. They were trying to get a plane in to their area so that they could evacuate him out to a hospital.

I'm sure their stress level is very high. Complicating the matter is that their oldest children with them are teenage girls, and their youngest child is severely impaired due to Down Syndrome. While it is difficult for him to understand, one thing the child does understand is anxiety. You can imagine that the anxiety level of all concerned is quite high.

The Throops also have five children ranging in age from older teens to young adults, all of whom live in California. I'm sure they feel very far away from PNG right now.

Please keep all of them in your prayers, asking the Lord to make/have made medical evacuation possible, for an accurate diagnosis and relief from pain, and for peace for all concerned. Thank you so much for praying with us.

1 comment:

onemoretribe said...

Greetings from a missionary in PNG. I found this website while trying to learn a bit more about the Throops. I met Craig and Amy in the hospital today. I was in town with a few other missionaries when we heard there was someone in trouble. So we left right away for the hospital to see if there was anything we could do. It could only have been the Lord working in this situation, as one member of our group was a nurse who had just arrived in this region of PNG the previous day. I don't know his current condition but I can tell you that he is being looked after and prayed for by the missionary community here in PNG. I left to go buy some lunch for Amy, and bought sheets, towels, soap, washcloths and a few other things for them, as well as snacks and drinks for Amy. She is with him tonight, and my family has offered to pick her up in the morning and bring her back to our house to clean up, eat, and relax a bit, while myself or another missionary sits with Craig.
In the mean time, it may be a long night for both of them, so keep praying.
We prayed together before leaving them, asking for the Lord's healing, and for strength through the night, but most of all, we prayed that ultimately God would be glorified through this.
Tim- a misso in PNG