I recently made a two-week solo trip to the US to visit and support my family as my Mom is treated for multiple myloma cancer. We enjoyed many sweet moments together, including this Sunday morning hymn sing.

Circling the Wagons

Joshua Steele · April 26, 2024

Mom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer in 2020, and since that time our lives have been different. There are days when things seem normal, and there are battles that are dark and scary. Mom is a courageous fighter, and Dad, along with our siblings and their spouses, have worked tirelessly to support her.

Now, Mom is facing new challenges with her health that represent a much steeper decline than we have previously seen. Treatments that once seemed promising are no longer effective. There is an urgency now that we have not felt before. We are circling the wagons, as it were, to support her in every way we can.

God’s healing hand is not shortened, and He knows the number of Mom’s days. Still, given all that has transpired, we believe that now is the time to gather. We pray that God will give her years more of life, but if days or weeks are what we have, we want to spend them well. Together with our Mom. Together as a family.

At time of writing, Kelsie and I and our children are still in Ukraine, but we are packing our bags to take the whole family to Texas for about six weeks. On Monday, we depart Ukraine, and by Wednesday we will be in Fort Worth.

Please pray for Mom. Pray for the peace that passes understanding and for healing. God is able to work miracles, but regardless of His answer, we trust Him and we are so grateful for the years He has given with Mom.

How You Can Pray

  • Pray that God would heal Mom and give her more years of life with us. I’m praying for 15. It worked for Hezekiah! 😁🙏
  • Pray for our family as we travel by van across four countries just to reach our departure airport. (Ukraine → Poland → Slovakia → Austria) We fly out of Vienna on Wednesday morning.
  • Pray for our children as they adjust to a new culture and new experiences, not to mention fighting jet lag.
  • Praise God for the many generous saints who have already stepped up to help our family with logistics like housing and a vehicle. We are so grateful for the body of Christ!
  • Praise God for our friend Matej in Slovakia who has offered to park our blue van free for the entire time we are in the States!

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