A Scary Surgery Tuesday

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Baby Jonah will be facing yet another surgery Tuesday the 22nd. After being born with a major heart deformaty only about four months ago, this tiny boy has not even been able to go home to his missionary parents home with his older brother and sisters. Marty and Val Silverberg have had to face numerous surgeries, near death episodes, nutritional concerns, brain functioning scares, recently a sepsis infection due to numerous blood transfusions and now … tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22nd, little Jonah faces a life threatening surgery as they place a trachiotomy tube which may prove too great a strain on his weak heart.

Dear Praying Family,
Jonah is still not receiving food.
He is on IV drip.
Val has decided to go ahead w/ Tracheotomy surgery.
She wants to be able to take him home.
He cannot breathe on his own. Drs. say it is a mystery why.
He is not able to digest nutrients either.
Trach surgery comes w/ risk of fatal heart attack.
Hoping for surgery this week.
Little Jonah has been thru so much.
Please continue to Pray w/ us for a miraculous recovery.
Also, we all need strength to go on.
We have received much encouragement from some of you, esp those, going thru or having gone thru similiar. Thank you for sharing w/ us your pain and encouraging us.
In spite of reports stating different, we are still w/o any help either at home or at the hospital.
We are grateful for a woman and her daughter who want to come and help from 2 hours away, and are prayerfully working thru the best way to receive their help, which may be available Mondays and Saturday afternoon.
Thank you so very much for your continued prayer support during this long and difficult time.
Jonah will be 12 weeks old on Tuesday.
In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val


Dear Praying Family,
We received a call tonight that Jonah will have the Trach put in tomorrow, which is Tuesday, 3/22/11.
Val is a bit out of sorts as the heart specialist is weary of this trach surgery at this time, and Jonah’s ability to live thru this. Val feels it needs to be done, and I support her decision.
Also found ouit from Josh’s bus driver that tomorrow, Tuesday is a half day for Josh, further pushing things out of sorts. We had many other things on the sched for tomorrow also, we’ll see what the Lord allows.
Thank you again for your prayers.
In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val

I hope you will keep this tiny soul, his family and the surgeons and nurses who care for him in you prayers.

Dear Val & Marty,
I am especially praying for you to have blessed assurance and that your darling little one will be cradled in the loving arms of God as he faces this next big event. I do believe God is sparing the child much of the pain we loved ones fear he is going through. We have such a loving and merciful Father.
Alongside you in the Spirit, Ellen

Spring from Struggling to Singing

Beauty overcomes harshnessTonight at around seven twenty in Central Indiana we are going to mark the change of season from Winter (my least favorite) to Spring (my most favorite). I have been long looking forward to the gloomy gray skies filled with biting winds and bone-chilling cold being replaced by blue skies filled with singing birds, and some renewing rains and sunshine.

I like counting down toward Springtime, because I KNOW my time of struggling will be at an end…soon.

Unlike the seasons of a calendar year our seasons of testing and trials do not usually come with a fixed end date to be marked on our calender of events. In fact, while we are enduring the various pains of such a season of gloominess, it may actually seem as if we will never emerge from it. Yet, God’s Word has various places of encouragement for us in these times. God will never leave us or forsake us. He loves us; seeks only our betterment as His children. God allows us to undergo suffering from time to time so that we might more readily identify what Jesus Christ did to deliver us from our sins.

Spring IS coming; Winter WILL end.

Here is an update from Marty & Val Silverberg who are missionaries in the Bronx. There have been numerous postings on little Baby Jonah who has really had quite a struggle physically all his 4 little months of life. You may find out more about his story by simply searching “Baby Jonah prayer” on this site or just search it on the web.

Dear Praying Family,

There is little change in Jonah’s condition.
Sepsis infection is improving a little.
Another serious situation in which Jonah is not
able to digest nutrients even after surgery and w/ a g tube for feeding.

Your continued prayers are very much appreciated.
Thank you again.

In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val

Please join us in continuing to pray for Jonah’s many physical needs and the Silverberg family as a whole.

God of Power; God of Details

I just received an update from the Silverbergs regarding Baby Jonah’s continued struggle in critical care. They have very specific needs and I am thankful that this update is succinct and specific as to how we can pray for them. As the world focuses on this mornings devastating 8.9 earthquake off Japan and the ensuing Pacific Tsunami (I will be doing another post on that after supper), please also remember the Silverberg family in your prayers.

Dear Praying Family,
” The Lord’s Mercies are New Every Morning”
Thank you so very much for your love, prayers and support.
Jonah had another crisis on Wed
He had a virus and very high fever.
Valerie said he had thew RSV virus, caught from human contact.
The doctors could not control the fever. His heart rate was over 200 beats/ min.
for most of the day. The doctors and nurses worked feverishly over him.
Valerie told me as she watched, she was afraid he was dying, and the Doctors
couldn’t stop it from happening.
Well. Praise to the Lord, he began to come around and do better.
Val spent the night again at the hospital on Wed.
Jonah is not well but doing a little better.
We are still seeking help w/ someone to stay w/ Jonah when Val is not there.
We are also looking for the right person to hire for some nights w/ Jonah.
We are very thankful for the young women who did this to help us for 2 1/2 weeks.
Naomi was a huge blessing. How wonderful for her Family and Church to allow her to come
all the way from upstate NYand stay for that time. She asked for nothing in return. Only to
be a blessing.
It has now been over 2 weeks since she had to leave.
Also, we are praying for someone who can help on a regular basis  w/ our 3 children, form 2-9 PM,
like 5 days a week. Or a part of that time or days. We need some continued regularity  for the
childrens’ sake.
Josh is a handful, so the situation needs to be appropriate, as I will be home some of that time.
When Jonah comes home, we will still need the help.
If we lived by the Church, some folks would help. We live several neighborhoods away, and no one
in the Church has a vehicle. We also live by a different subway line.
Please pray w/ us for the Lord to provide the above mentioned help.
Thank you again, so very much for being there for us to rest our burdens on.
We love you very much,
In Christ’s Love,
Marty for Val
The God who can keep all the powers of the giant waves or quaking of the earth from completely anhilating all life in the Pacific this last fifteen hours is also concerned about the details of who can sit bedside with a tiny baby in the Bronx. There is nothing outside of our Sovereign’s sight and care!