We got word this week of a pretty serious situation that we’d like to ask your prayers for.
Last year when we arrived, Brian’s right-hand man was a man named Fernando. His wife, Lenny, worked in the kitchen. Their daughter Jocabed was a first year Bible school student and their other daughter, Sarai, was 7 years old. We absolutely loved this family. Fernando was an amazing helper to Brian, working overtime, making sure Brian had all the help he needed. If Brian was gone, he was someone I knew I could ask for help if I needed it. He watched our house the two weeks Brian was gone in Iquitos, making sure everything was okay while I was home alone. Sarai followed Brian around incessantly. Jocabed was probably the sweetest girl we’ve ever met. We loved this family.
Unfortunately, due to some family issues back in their hometown of Tarapoto, they needed to leave in December. We ached to see them go and still talk about them at least once a week – we miss them greatly!
Jocabed was to return in April for classes, but she never showed up. We heard conflicting reports as to why and honestly, I’m not sure why she wasn’t able to come back. But then, we heard this week that she really is gravely ill, although this is something that just came on.
We’re not 100% clear on the timeline, but sometime within the last week or two, she woke up one day not remembering anything. She doesn’t know who she is, who her family is, where she is – she can’t remember anything about her past. She’s incredibly confused. The doctors don’t know what’s causing this and want to send her to a different city for head scans and more treatment.
Please pray for Jocabed and the entire family! She’s young and everything we can think of that would be causing this does not sound good. This family is so close to our hearts; we hurt knowing they’re going through this.
We will keep you updated as we hear things. Thanks for your prayers!