Luke has completed his first week on Work Crew at TimberWolf Lake. There were lots of positives. Luke loves it here. He loves being able to serve. Most of all, he loves meeting new people and hanging out with his team. The entire camp team has embraced him, and everyone has been quick to pray and offer encouragement. In addition, over 70 High School kids put their faith in Jesus Christ during the week, and Luke got to be a part of that. That was the best part.
Not surprisingly, there were also lots of challenges. Luke's health is in slow decline. He has struggled with dizziness, nausea, stomach pain, and overall fatigue. He has missed a lot of work, and at times he wondered if he would be better off simply going back home. We are impressed with his courage and his resolve. Even though his contribution looks different from other Work Crew kids, he is determined to make that contribution nonetheless. On the plus side, Luke has felt a LOT better the past few days, and we've been thankful to see him starting to find a better daily rhythm.
Yesterday, when Luke was feeling very discouraged, he received three pieces of mail, all with the same message. These friends urged Luke to "cherish each day" on Work Crew, and reminded Luke that he was an "inspiration and a light" to so many. Luke was visibly transformed by the kind and encouraging words found in these letters. Please keep sending notes to Luke, and please keep praying for Luke and for our family. It means a lot.
Our prayer remains the same. We can't stop, WON'T stop praying for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu
(for Sam, Jay, & Luke)