January 13, 2021 Update

Happy New Year from the Garza’s!

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

“Hope” is commonly used to mean a wish, but in the Bible, it is the confident expectation of what God has promised, despite feelings and circumstances life may bring. It’s like a dark tunnel that you continue to walk through, knowing that you will reach the end of it. Hope gives us a glimpse of light to continue in this dark tunnel of life.

It reminds me back when I found out I was pregnant with Sam.  Seven days after I found out I was pregnant, I started to bleed, and I ended up in the emergency room.  I secretly hoped that my baby was still inside of me. I was sent to do a urine test, plus the doctor ordered a specialized sonogram (it was early in the pregnancy to use a regular sonogram). I was dreading the worst, but I was also praying that God’s will be done. However, I admit I was desperately hoping that my baby was still alive. During the sonogram, I asked the technician what she saw. She wasn’t supposed to tell me anything, but seeing my anxiety-ridden face, she told me the baby’s heart was still beating. The baby was alive, and I was so relieved! But I was not given good news by the emergency OBGYN. He told me I could lose my child at any time throughout this pregnancy. I hoped in God that despite my fears and circumstances that this would not happen. I was so worried that I sometimes did not want to get out of bed.  Each week that the baby lived, I thanked the Lord and was grateful for this baby. I hoped that God’s gift would live one more week, one more month, until 9 months had passed.  Samuel represents God’s faithfulness and hope proven to us in a very practical way!

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

I hope and wait for your time when you too experience the Lord and Savior in a real and tangible way!

I wanted to give you an update on Samuel and Nathan. Nathan is learning social skills and learning different ways of asking how to be a friend and make a friend. It’s been a challenge, but he’s trying so hard. Even with the COVID restrictions, Nathan has been able to interact with his friends and cousins. They have been such a blessing in this stage of improving his social interactions, and we thank God for the community of believers we have found here in Santiago.

Time making cookies with the Clay cousins!!

Samuel is also learning so much! He’s gone from saying less than 5 words to saying 12 in English and 5 in Spanish. It’s been a struggle, but he is progressing little by little. We are thankful that Samuel makes himself be understood, but we hope that his therapy will give him the words to express verbally what is in his little heart.

Thus far, our year has begun with more stringent curfew restrictions (5pm to 5am Monday through Friday, and 12pm to 5am on the weekends, with 3-hour travel allowance after curfew is set). That has made it a challenge to meet our children’s medical needs, plus scheduling time to get groceries or supplies during the week, and even more so in the weekend. Pray that the Lord will help us to manage out time well each day, and that He will continue to guide us through the pandemic.

Thank you for the support and love shown to us through your gifts and prayers. You have made it possible for us to be able to continue with supporting Nathan and Samuel’s individual needs. I pray that you prayerfully consider to spiritually and financially support Nathan and Samuel. Would you be part of our “light in the tunnel” that we need to continue walking through this journey?

Thanks again for joining us and loving us! We appreciate you all!

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