Thankfully everything went very smoothly with Rachel’s surgery and we were able to leave for Uganda on schedule (although Jesse had to do all the heavy lifting himself!). About 10 days into our time in Uganda, Rachel’s brother called to say that her father Russell, had a massive stroke and we needed to come back. Miraculously, and with thanks to many people, we were able to get flights for the next day, and after 37 hours of travel, we reached the hospital just in time to help make some medical decisions.
Russell passed away peacefully on July 10th with all his children, two of his grandchildren, many of his siblings, and his mother at his side. His funeral service was held that Saturday at Russell’s church, Calvary Episcopal Church in Golden, Colorado.
While we are deeply saddened and still in shock, we are also grateful for the many blessings along the way: being able to get on a flight so quickly, Evelyn being so cooperative with travel and hospital visits, and all the extra time we had with Russell this year since he visited us in Uganda and we visited the US.
Currently we are planning to spend a couple weeks in Colorado to help settle Russell’s things, and then return to Uganda.
Please pray for Rachel’s brother, sister, and other family members as we process this loss, manage the logistics, and start the long process of healing. Please also pray for continued good health for us and especially for Evelyn as we prepare to take the long journey once more.
Thank you again for following along with us!