#1 Update on Thomas

21 Sep
We were so excited to receive three letters from Thomas in the mail today! We’ve waited for what seemed like an eternity but we were blessed since we thought we wouldn’t be able to hear from him in three weeks! It’s been just about two weeks since he has left and it just isn’t the same around here without him.
We did have a bit of a scare when we received a surprise phone call two days after he arrived in Big Sandy, Texas. Apparently, he had fallen ill and needed to be taken to the doctor. They could not figure out what exactly he was suffering from: perhaps a virus that someone brought in or “culture shock”. They gave him medication for his symptoms but still, from his letters, he explained that he is still not back to his normal self and sometimes suffers from intense cramps. Because his sickness is taking quite a toll on his body, the training is extremely hard for him. But he is trying his best to not complain and push through by God’s grace and strength.
He seems to miss everyone but especially Dad. He misses his preaching, their special handshake, and our family devotions. It’s hard to believe we still have 7 weeks before he will return but we are thankful that all is well and he is where God wants him to be!
Thank you to all of you who are praying for him!
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3 Responses to “#1 Update on Thomas”

  1. Anonymous September 21, 2007 at 1:11 am #

    Sara,
    Just wanted to say what a blessing it is to me that you keep this beautiful blog. It really helps to keep in touch with our friends.
    Your pictures are truly lovely. Also, your “Waiting” article really spoke to my heart especially at this time in my life. Thank you, dear daughter.
    Love, Mom

  2. The Tomlinson's September 22, 2007 at 1:11 am #

    It’s great to hear from you…what a wonderful surprise! We have been praying fervently for your family and have been getting updates through friends. It’s so nice to know about your blog so I can keep up better!
    We love you and will try to stay in touch better.
    Deanna Tomlinson

  3. Anonymous October 2, 2007 at 10:24 am #

    Sara,
    I just read your post on your brother Thomas. I am sorry to hear that he was ill. We have been praying for him. We met you and your parents briefly at the Philadelphia airport. Our son, David, is also out in Texas in Unit #38. He met and spoke with your brother in the airport when they arrived in Texas. It was such an encouragement to him to talk with him about what they would be facing and the challenges that they would encounter. I am sure that it is even harder than either one thought but how good to have fellowship together. We give thanks for what God is doing in their lives and will continue to pray Thomas as we pray for our David. I enjoyed reading a bit of your blog and thank you for sharing. Your mom sent this link through and I appreciate it.
    Blessings on you,
    Lisa Winston

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