Aracely's Miraculous Recovery
A happy new year has come and gone. We are now beginning our 5th year here in Peru. It will be a bittersweet year as we transition out of our church and back into support raising mindset, but we know God is faithful and will make this time as profitable as any other. We wanted to share with you a miraculous story this month. Many of you will be familiar with it as we gave a play-by-play over our Facebook page, but it is too important not to share in our letter.
We had begun to plan our celebration of the Lord's Supper when we received a phone call from a sister in the church. Her daughter, Aracely, was very sick, and she needed our help. They had already been to the hospital and the hospital sent them away with one pill and nothing else. Once her symptoms were listed to Patrick, he knew immediately that Aracely's life was in danger. Aracely had a completely white tongue, hard time thinking, extreme fatigue, tachycardia, and a glucose level of 420. After the hospital sent her away in this condition, she got worse, and her mom called Patrick for help. She didn't know what to do when the hospital told her that her daughter would be just fine, but she was getting worse. We immediately called one of our nurse friends, here in Lima, who confirmed our fears, Aracely was close to a coma.
Up to this point, the family was concerned, but did not know how seriously to take it. Patrick then called the mom and dad, and made it very clear that their daughter's life was in danger if they did not act now. They immediately called a family member, who was with their daughter and had her taken to another hospital. This hospital acted immediately and Aracely was admitted. This was all very sudden for the family, so we began a prayer chain and asked for prayer over our Facebook page.
Through God's guiding hand and the prayer of the prayer warriors, this young lady has made a full recovery. Aracely spent six days in the ICU battling for her life, but was released two days after her ICU time with a full recovery. Not only that, the church reached out to the community and we reached out to our prayer warriors on our ministry facebook page. The church and Aracely's family put together a chicken dinner fundraiser. With the community and your help, we have been able to help Aracely's family cover all their medical expenses. This could have been a tragedy, but instead God has used it to spread His name among the community. It has increased the testimony of the church, and the families involved. The community knows now more than ever that church seeks to aid the people, not take from them. Thank you all for making this possible.
Now that our church family is restored, we have begun anew in planning for the Lord's Supper. It is amazing the ways that God brings His family back together through hard times. We want to use this time to recognize and remember the Lord as a large family. Please pray for our Lord's Supper, as it is being planned as a big event for us. This year it will be a homecoming dinner and the Lord's Supper wrapped up into one service.
On a personal note, we have been sick this month with a stomach flu. Somehow, it has ended up being a blessing. Because of being so sick, we could not attend a Sunday or a Wednesday service for one week. For those two services, the church banded together and had two flawless services! Brothers and sisters, who had previously never done anything in the church, stepped up to fill roles that we had left. And they were so excited to do so. It was such a blessing to us to see the people take pride in their church and service to God. We are continuing to try and have more step up and fill in our place, so by the end of this year, we have completely phased out, leaving the church running smoothly without us. Please keep praying for them as they have a long road ahead of them.
Teresa is also starting a new medication for her POTS. It does seem to be helping, but it also takes the body a long time to grow accustomed to it. She has had some very bad moments, but we pray as she adjusts, those moments will become less. Please continue to prayer for her. We also ask for continued prayer for our plan for furlough. Packing up everything you own for a year is never easy, especially when you have no one to trust to care for it all.
Please feel free to contact us via email or through out Facebook page at “Pruetts in Peru”. We have lots of photos there to see. Most importantly, we are ever so thankful for your support. We can not do what God has asked us to do without you. Thank you!!