We’ve been through a bit of a whirlwind these past couple of months. In August, our oldest son, Oliver, was admitted to the hospital for a kidney stone that was stuck and caused his kidney to swell. He was well cared for and thankfully, his pain only lasted one day. Though his hospital stay was about four days. Since then, he’s had follow-up appointments with a urologist, and his latest one showed that his kidney has returned to normal. He has another follow-up in six months.

On holiday

On holiday

Through the summer and into the fall, Jana has focused on creating a book for the Eastern Europe Area. Last spring, staff in our office took time to write psalms of praise and thankfulness to the Lord. An idea flowed from that to have them compiled into a nice book. Then, once the idea was put to Jana, she was inspired to paint some of the psalms as an act of praise as well. The book has come together nicely and is in it’s final stages. Currently, it is only being printed as a piece for the office to enjoy, but Jana is looking into ways to have more copies printed for staff to use as gifts.

Last spring, we told you about an app that Thad was programming for Windows users. His goal was to have it completed in time for the World Youth Days in Poland over the summer. We heard many great stories from the event and want to share some of them with you. If you have access to an internet browser, you can follow this link to watch a video about the week in Poland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kin0JBUbz8M

School began well for both Oliver and Simon. While Oliver is enjoying his year in second grade, Simon is struggling with the typical adjustment of being away from home. Please pray for Simon, particularly for his understanding of Hungarian, as that would likely help him feel more at ease in school. Even with not liking it, he still goes willingly and doesn’t fuss too much.

Simon’s new shoes that will support and correct his step

Simon’s new shoes that will support and correct his step

The same urologist that Oliver has seen is also treating Simon for another minor problem. Simon will have an out-patient procedure done on October 3rd, but it will require him to have full anesthesia. Please be praying for him, particularly that he would not be afraid and that his recovery will be quick and smooth. In addition, he’s been complaining of having leg pain for several months. His orthopedic doctor prescribed special shoes (see photo) to help support and correct his feet, but he also wants Simon do so some training or therapy. We’ve had a difficult time figuring the therapy part out, as navigating a medical system in Hungarian is tedious and slow. Pray we could find a viable solution to help him soon.

Thad is tasked with helping secure the email accounts of our staff in Eastern Europe. There are quite a few details and challenges, but as the new year in the office begins, this is a welcome project! We pray that your Fall season is starting off well.

Dining out on a nice August day

Dining out on a nice August day

Simon at his hungarian preschool

Simon at his hungarian preschool

Thad finishing the Budapest Half Marathon!

Thad finishing the Budapest Half Marathon!