Monday, June 30, 2008
Pray for Joshua Ortiz - UPDATED...AGAIN!
UPDATE 7/01/08 8AM GOD HEARD OUR PRAYERS! THE SURGERY WAS SUCCESSFUL1 I DO NOT HAVE ANY DETAILS BUT JOSHUA SURVIVED THE SURGERY AND CAME OUT OF ANESTHESIA. THE DOCTORS STILL THINK THAT THIS ONLY EXTENDED HIS LIFE FOR A FEW MONTHS BUT AT LEAST THIS WILL GIVE HIM TIME TO PREPARE HIMSELF FOR DEATH. THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILL LIKELY BE FULL OF INCREASED SUFFERING, YET GOD HAS A REASON FOR NOT TAKING JOSH HOME YET. IT LOOKS LIKE I WILL BE GOING OUT THERE SOMETIME AROUND JULY 14-18. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO THIS TRIP PLEASE SEND CHECKS TO:
1ST EV FREE CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES
1356 S. ALBANY ST.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90015
(PLEASE ATTACH A NOTE DESIGNATING THIS MONEY FOR "JOHN FREIBERG'S TRIP TO TEXAS")
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT! PLEASE CONTINUE TO LIFT UP OUR YOUNGER BROTHER IN CHRIST AND HIS FAMILY!
UPDATE: 6/30/08 6PM JOSHUA WENT INTO CONVULSIONS AND WAS RUSHED INTO EMERGENCY SURGERY. THERE IS A SLIM CHANCE THAT HE WILL SURVIVE THE SURGERY. PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR JOSH AND HIS GRANDMOTHER AND BROTHER ALEX. I WILL BE GOING OUT WHEN I RETURN FROM BOLIVIA. PLEASE PRAY THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO TALK TO JOSH ONE MORE TIME.
If you are a regular reader, you have prayed for Joshua Ortiz before. If not, you can get caught up here and here. Last fall, Josh, his brother Alex, and his grandmother moved to Houston, Texas to live with their uncle. Things seemed to be going well and I have been able to keep in touch with them, although admittedly not as well as I should have.
Yesterday I found out that Joshua has a malignant brain tumor and was given six months to live. Obviously we are all deeply saddened by this news. We believe that God can and does miracles and that total healing is a possibility. However, outside of a miracle death seems inevitable. Please pray that Joshua, who professes Christ, truly knows Jesus as Lord and Savior and that God will pour out His grace on Joshua. Pray that his faith is strengthened and that he will pass into glory in a way that will make much of God.
I would like to go visit Josh and our head pastor wants me to as well. As I am already on support and have been raising funds for our missions trips to Bolivia (July 3-12) and New York (July 26-August 3) we do not know where the money for this trip is going to come from. Sorry to be asking for money all the time but for those of you who believe in our mission to the inner city, this is a very tangible way to enable it.
Primarily though we value your prayers. Please be lifting up this situation to our Lord who loves to hear and answer the prayers of His children.
by His grace,
for His glory.