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.