This is what my life has looked like for the past week or so.  Last Friday I mis-stepped off our stairs and sprained my ankle/ruptured a blood vessel.  It’s been hard staying off of it because responsibilities don’t just stop when I’m not able to get around well.  The girls have been so great though-they faithfully iced and massaged my foot for the first 48 hours, and have been applying cream to it to keep the inflammation down.  As of now the inflammation is mostly gone, the bruises are only in a few places and there is still stiffness and some pain, but it’s manageable.

The last week we’ve been busy dealing with a lot of discipline issues here at the orphanage.  Without getting into details, I will just say that the staff is beaten down and broken.  We’re praying for wisdom and unity in our decisions, and to be able to get to the root of the problems, not just be dealing with the manifestation of the problem.

Our last big group left today.  It’s now time for us to evaluate how the season went, and what we want next year’s goals to be.

Theo is now liking school.  This is a big improvement over the last couple of weeks.

Our house is in what will hopefully be the final stages of repair before the fun work begins!  I’ve been picking out paint colors for the interior and I’m pretty excited about it.  I’ll definitely post pictures when it’s finished.

Thanks for keeping us in your prayers!  My Grandpa Jim is out of surgery (he had a triple bypass) and is waking up today.  Please pray for no complications from his surgery, and for a swift recovery.



About mjstearns

We are Mark, Jenni, Tate and Theo Stearns. We currently live in Beaverton, Oregon, but are planning to move to Nicaragua within the next six months. We'll be serving as missionaries to Verbo Church, a non denominational church with several Nicaraguan locations. Specifically we'll be working at Casa Bernabe, an orphanage run by the church, assisting in vocational training and transition programs for the older boys.
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1 Response to Injured!

  1. Getha Tidrick says:

    Gosh, Jenni, I seem to be a long way out of the loop. Vicki told me yesterday about the ankle. I am so sorry you have to go through this. Glad to hear that Theo is liking school better now. I have been praying for the orphanage and for all of you. Glad to hear that the house is coming along well. Do we have appliances yet? I guess I’ll find out soon, right. Keep icing that ankle and elevate it as high as comfortable several times a day. at least above your heart. It will help to drain that blood out of the foot. That’s what the doctor told me to do when I had a bad sprain. God bless you all. Hugs, Nana

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