Barrie and Cherri hoped, though, that by returning to Singapore, they could fulfill ministry commitments that ran into April and then wind up their affairs and relocate to the USA in May. Then less than three weeks later Cherri’s mum was in hospital and major decisions needed to be made. So they quickly headed back to San Diego.
Cherri’s mum has now moved to a nursing home not too far away from her dad for long term care. Cherri’s dad goes twice a day to spend time with her. Both of Cherri’s parents are grieving the loss of togetherness as they face the new realities. However, they are looking to the Lord for His grace to see them through their closing years. Despite all her mum has been through and continues to endure, she shared with them that Christians around the world are suffering things far worse than she, so she will not complain. Pray for those directly involved in the care of Cherri’s mum, that they would be gentle, caring, and watchful. Also pray for wisdom for the orthopaedic doctor who will be examining her on March 10th — that he will see if there is anything that can be done with Cherri’s mum’s unusable (yet painful) right arm.
Barrie and Cherri are so thankful for friends from their home church who have helped them to understand government and medical bureaucracy and gently offered advice, a shoulder to cry on and encouragement as they’ve struggled to accept what’s happening. Barrie and Cherri can’t thank God enough for the hundreds of people all around the world who have sustained them through prayer. One day when they felt that they were truly at the end of their rope, a missionary friend in Taiwan sent them these verses from 2 Chron. 20:12b,15b “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. … This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged … for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’
Once all the financial issues and legalities are settled and they are able to get a routine established visiting Cherri’s mum and looking out for her dad, Barrie will return to Singapore to finalise things there. Barrie and Cherri are asking the Lord to enable them to continue ministry overseas while basing out of San Diego. They are not sure how this will work at this point but will move in that direction unless God directs them differently.
Pray for Barrie and Cherri as they transition out of Singapore (selling their things, closing accounts, saying goodbyes) and pray for replacements for their role there and for their time setting up in San Diego.