We were sad today to hear that one of Nisha’s friends, Naomi, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour just over a month ago, lost her fight to survive today, and has gone to be with Jesus. The above picture is the best we have of her with her mum Laura, and shows us with her last year at the independence day party on September 15th.
Just a few months ago everything in this little family’s lives was normal until Naomi had a fall and lost her ability to walk, at first doctors thought it could be an ear infection, but further investigations revealed a brain tumour at the base of her skull. They have been trying treatment including surgery the past few weeks but to no avail and she passed away this afternoon (morning, Mexico time).
They are a particularly special family for us as Laura helped looked after Nisha quite a bit when we first arrived in Mexico, when we were settling in and looking for a house. Nisha loves Naomi and would play with her and help Laura look after her quite a bit during these times (Naomi only turned one in January). Nisha has also been praying for “Naomi’s poorly head” most nights too and when we said Jesus was looking after her now, she said “I want to see Jesus too”. Death is quite a difficult subject for a three year old and we would appreciate your prayers as Nisha gets her head around what has happened. Naomi and her mum have a very special place in our hearts.
We are enjoying being back in the UK amongst family and friends, but days like today accentuate the conflict we feel of wanting to be both in the UK and in Mexico at the same time. Of course the pain we feel is insignificant compared with what Laura, Jorge and the extended family must feel at this time, and we wish we could be there to give what support we can to them and to put our arms around them, but we also know that prayer is more valuable than anything we could physically do. At a time like this, it is the most important and most powerful gift we can offer to this lost and grieving family. Please join us in prayer for them.
Thank you to those of you who have been in touch. We are trying to rest and keep our speaking engagements to a minimum. Anya will be dedicated this Sunday at Upton Vale, our home church – so we are looking forward to that and to seeing lots of friends there too.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and prayers – we hope to see many of you as we travel around the UK.