Quick Update on Haiti and Susana

Hurricane Tomas is bearing down hard on the far western areas of Haiti.  There are hurricane force winds that are wreaking havoc in areas of Les Cayes and west.  There have been some deaths so far as well as a lot of flooding and destruction.  Even though Port au Prince and the rest of the inland areas probably won’t get hit by the center of the hurricane, they are still forecasted to get hit with a lot of the outer bands which are expected to bring tons of rain.  They are talking about 5 to 10 inches in most places, and even up to 15 inches in the mountains.  This will cause a serious problem with flooding and mudslides in addition to wiping out all the tent cities.  Please pray for Haiti.  The worst is yet to come.  We have a small team from Colorado there right now who are stuck.  We tried to get them out a day before they were scheduled to leave in order to avoid getting stuck, but their flight was cancelled and now they are stuck in Port au Prince.  They are staying at a hotel that has major water leaking through the roof as I write this.  Please pray for their safety and also that they may be used by God to testify of His goodness even in the midst of such uncertainty.

Susana is getting better and better by the day.  Her mouth sores are gone.  Her white blood cell counts are coming up like crazy.  Her energy is coming back.  Last night, in addition to walking a few laps around the hospital floor which she usually does with many tears, she also wanted to ride the tricycle around the floor.  She probably ended up riding about 6 laps.  She was having fun.  It was wonderful to see her smile.  We haven’t seen her smile in a few weeks.  So, we praise the Lord for His hand that is upon her.  She most likely will be getting discharged by the end of next week, and we were told that our main doctor wants to keep her outpatient for 7 to 10 days just to make sure that she is healing well.  So, we will still be here in Durham for a few more weeks, but thankfully we will be out of the hospital in about a week.

We are blessed to have a few friends from Delaware that will be passing by this way on their way to Asheville.  They will come here on Monday and stay with Susana for a few hours so that Maria and I can have another date!  Woohoo!!!  I’m really looking forward to that.

Personally, I’m pressing into the Lord as much as I can.  It has been challenging not being in my normal surroundings and rarely getting time to be completely alone, but I realize that there is no excuse for not seeking the Lord wholeheartedly wherever I am.  So, while Isabela is on one side of the hotel room doing her school work, I am on the other side of the room on my knees praying.  And while Susana is watching “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” for the hundredth time while in her hospital room, I am on the tiny bed reading 2Peter over and over.  This sometimes is a challenge because I’m trying to understand some challenging texts and meditate on God truths, but in the background I hear “Its raining sunshine…all over mankind” (song from the movie), hence the need for me to read the same thing over and over.  But, this is where we are at right now and I don’t want to lose sight of keeping my focus on the Lord, so I do whatever I have to do.

I am fascinated by the first chapter of 2Peter and I have been reading it every day for a week, especially verse 3 and 4 which talks about the sufficiency of Christ.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

So, there you have it.  Everything that I need for this life to bring glory to God has been given to me.  There is nothing that I lack from Him.  He has provided it all.  Amazing!!!  I just have to remember that throughout my day.  Why is it so easy to forget such amazing truth?  Oh yeah…that’s right,  the world…the flesh…and the devil.  I wish they would all just disappear!  Oh yeah that’s right, they will soon.  Can’t wait!!

4 thoughts on “Quick Update on Haiti and Susana

  1. Cody,
    I haven’t seen the movie, but those few words from the song, “It’s raining sunshine…all over mankind” just think of that as God raining down on you and your family… spreading his love and healing to you and your daughter. Continuing to lift your family up in prayer and praying for those in Haiti. May God continue to bless you!

  2. Nov. 6 — just checked your site for update on Susana so I could update our Sunday School class prayer list at Ogletown. Had already prayed earlier this morning and what wonderful news. I was just reading Psalm 150 and the very last verse says, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” And I do praise Him for the great news. Rest assured our Sunday School class will continue to pray. I will read your full report in class tomorrow morning. Couple weeks ago I printed out and distributed to our class your wonderful message “Would you bet on 50/50 Odds?”
    As James says, we are “fervently praying”.
    God’s richest blessings on your family.

  3. Cody & Maria,

    I have just found your website — this is Marji, mom of Naomi. We are back at Mission after a complication and delay; had another round of chemo. If the CT scan shows her lungs are clear, we will begin transplant on Dec 7.

    I have been praying for you all, and just read your blog. We are facing a similar journey, and I fear and cling to your words at the same time. Praying God’s mercy for Susana and all of you; thankful that the sores are gone.

    God bless you all,
    Marji (and Naomi)

  4. hi there. just wanted to pop in and say that i am encouraged by your heart for the Lord and the poor in Haiti. and i’m so sorry you have had to struggle through your daughter’s illness. what a hard, hard and exhausting thing.

    saying a prayer for you guys right now.

    we are here in thailand, at an orphanage.
    and are originally from north carolina (didn’t you say you were in durham right now?).

    blessings from here,


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