He gives and takes away….

by mendibpng

David Emil, age 8

Our hearts filled with sadness when we heard this morning that David Emil died. In the past few weeks, we prayed for God to heal him. He is the first son born to Emil and Alexia. Emil is one of our translation advisors, and is the Papua New Guinean leader of our project.

Emil took his son to the hospital in Aitape when the lymph nodes on his neck were swollen. The first diagnosis was tuberculosis; however, Emil thought yesterday that David had some kind of other sickness, which he called “infoma.” (We wondered if it was “lymphoma.”) He was working on a plan to get David to Madang to a specialist, but the only way to get there would be by boat, leaving Wednesday at the earliest. Ben made phone calls and sent e-mails to try to figure out how to help them do this. However, this morning, we learned that the trip would not be necessary, as David went to be with Jesus.

When Ben talked to Emil on the phone, he told him that we would pray that they would experience God’s presence in their lives during this time of trouble and that they would somehow know his peace. Emil responded by saying something like “yes, I was really worried for David, but he had so much pain, he really needed to rest. He is resting now.”

Today, when I told my children about their friend David dying, it was hard to comprehend. They kept asking why the doctors in Aitape couldn’t help him, and why he couldn’t get to Madang for more help. It reminded me of how much we take for granted with our medical services–even we missionaries have the option of a medevac to Cairns if we need it.

I decided to rest while the twins napped this afternoon, and while I prayed, the song Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman came to mind. I hope I will have the chance to play it for Emil and Alexia when we get to the village next week. My prayer for them is that they will be able to say “blessed be your name” in the midst of this tragic loss.

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name
Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name
Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

 
You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name
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2 Comments to “He gives and takes away….”

  1. Thank you Mandy for this sensitive update. We got Beth’s e-mail last night that he had died. We’ve been praying for David in his illness, and we will continue to pray for Emil and Alexia and his sisters, that they will experience God’s presence and His grace in comprehending David’s death. He was such a beautiful boy with a “million dollar smile”. I’m sure he’s being welcomed in heaven now with great joy.
    Much love, Dad

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