For those who are new, please read the background of this Missionary Family in the Bronx, NY by clicking on related links at the end of the post. For absolutely everyone I hope that you are blessed by upholding this entire family in prayer as well as having additional thanksgiving that your family is not going through this same trial. However, there are others who have gone through similar trials that may be all around us; everyday. We all are “living stones” and testify to the work being done by the Kingdom of God in the lives of people.
As you look at these latest updates you will notice more specifics for the need of prayer in the Silverburg family. Please, Please send a word of encouragement as a comment at the end of the post. It really helps them to know that we are walking beside them through the trial through prayer. Your words may be JUST what they need to hear.
“A man has joy in an apt answer,And how delightful is a timely word!” –Proverbs 15:23 (NASB)
Here are a series of updates for Baby Jonah and the Silverberg Family… Thank you for remembering them in prayer. Even when we don’t immediately hear how God is working, we can know that our prayers will be interpreted for us by the Holy Spirit even when our groanings are too deep for words.Â I LOVE that verse of Scripture /
“26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. “Â —Â Â Â Romans 8:26-27
Dear Praying Family,Thank you again for your love and prayers. Jonah remains critical, but we believe he is improving.Please pray for new problems of Kidney failure and liver function problems, with the possibility of liver damage. The Doctors have told us that in order to keep Jonah alive, they have had to possibly compromise these vital organs. Jonah is much smaller now, the swelling is way down. His whole face is purple and blue from bruising, from tissue damage due to the swelling. His hands and arms are also purple and blue from bruising from the swelling and the many linesin and out of him. All in all, we believe he is improving.We don’t know when he will be moved downstairs. It could be any day, or it could be a while yet. We are not looking forward to the chaos this will cause our family, yet it is a necessary step in his recovery and in his eventual going home w/ his family. We are hoping not to have to pay too much for round the clock sitting for Jonah. We are hoping and praying that the many people who have offered to help us during this crisis can somehow pull together as a team at that time, to help provide someone to sit at Jonah’s bed, so our other children can still continue to function here w/ their Dad and w/ their Mom as much as possible.Everything has been very hard, but we are trusting the Lord and taking it one day at a time. Jonah is 29 days old today. Please pray for our new problem w/ Josh’s schoolbus, which was rerouted about 3 weeks ago, w/ Josh having to be up and out one and a half hours earlier, which our little autistic child could not adjust to. So I have been driving him, an hour round trip for me. We are doing much fighting w/ the bureaucracy. We did not need this additional trouble at this time.In Christ’s Love,Marty for ValAlso please pray for me regarding snow shoveling today and tomorrow1/27Dear Praying Family,Jonah remains about the same. His kidneys have improved a little. They tried to take him off the ventilator yesterday, but he could not breathe on his own, so they put him back on. He has a fluid buildup around his lungs, and the Doctors were supposed to make another hole in him and drain the fluid but it hasn’t happened yet.Today we are snowed in. Kids are home and Val cannot make it to the hospital.The hospital is short staffed and no one answered when Val called.I did a huge amount of shoveling. I also helped our neighbor shovel her entire 40 foot sidewalk. I’m not supposed to do any of this type of work, but when you see an elderly lady trying to shovel, what are you supposed to do. Lot’s of long toss shoveling and carrying shovels full to make piles.No where to put all this snow. Arms, hips, shoulders and spine hurting badly. It is also very dangerous driving today, many sidestreets impassable and lots of cars blocking the streets, no where to park. Our street was plowed once, PTL, but it’s still very bad, and our car is very plowed in. Please pray for me. Later I will shovel the many stairs so our dogs can get out, then go back out and shovel some more in front. I will not even attempt to get our car shoveled out today, so we don’t know how Joshy will get to school tomorrow. I’ll try to walk Shakinah and Josiah to their bus in the morning, about 2/3 of a mile each way. I walk it every afternoon. The walk is good for me, but very painful.We have attached anew picture of Jonah.Thank you for your continued love and prayers for Jonah and our family.In Christ’s love,Marty for Val1/28Dear Praying Family,Jonah will have the ventilator removed again around 1:30 PM.Please pray that he can breathe on his own and not have to go back on the ventilator.I also want to thank all who prayed for me re: snow shoveling. As you know, due to many serious medical conditions, I should not do this. If my current physician found out what I was doing, he would discontinue treatment. I am not too bad, PTL. Huge amounts of pain, but expected much worse from 6 hours of shoveling yesterday, including the neighbors walk and a stuck car. Practically had my car out, but got plowed in again w/ 3 feet of ice. Did 2 hours w/ pick axe and shovel today, almost have car out again.Thanks for praying for us all.Val took the bus to the hospital, as cabs are becoming too expensive and she is doing a little better. Josh had to take the 6:35 bus today. We pray he doesn’t get too sick.I walked Josiah and Shakinah to bus, and am going to get them now. So glad to be able to walk. Not to be taken for granted.We Love you All Dearly,In Christ’s Love,Marty for Val