April 2016 Update

“But with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26b.

Many have questioned and wonder why Sherri doesn’t go to China with Rolf…When we first started this ministry back in 2002 the plan was for us to go together and we did for the first 4 years. But our plans were changed when our younger son passed away in December of 2005 and his 5 year old daughter, Brittany and her mom, Debbie came to live with us. We didn’t feel God wanted us to abandon the ministry but it was clear Sherri was needed at home and it also became clear the door was still open for Rolf to be in China.

We have been writing about how God is using Rolf in China to make a difference but what has been happening with Sherri at home. It has been a long, tough journey watching Brittany grow up. We always said they came from a way of life we didn’t understand into a way of life they didn’t understand.

But Brittany was a sweet little girl who learned to love going to plays, music, soccer, she learned how to swim and she loved going to church where she learned about Jesus. She loved her grandpa and her Ronstadt cousins especially her same age cousin Sean. They spent many summers together with us going to HotU our kids camp at church and just hanging out. She was exposed to a totally different way of life and was thriving.

Then…her mom lost her job here and they moved back to the Rockford area where they had lived before. Things started going downhill. Debbie was never able to find a job and they ended up living in a rundown trailer in a bad environment. It has been difficult and heartbreaking to watch and see things Brittany has been exposed to that little girls should never have to see or know. She ended up gaining a lot of weight and living behind her hair, literally wearing her hair over her face.

Fast forward…Today. Brittany is a beautiful young, smart and confident almost 16 year old who has lost over 100 pounds. She loves going to school and learning. In fact she is ahead in school and as she finishes her high school sophomore year she will start taking classes at Sauk Valley Community College this summer. She has made plans for her future, knows what she wants to do and is working hard and determined to get there.

After so many years and tears, ups and downs it is hard to explain the joy we feel in this huge turn around. Many times Sherri was ready to give up because things seemed to get worse and not better. We give God all the glory and are extremely thankful to Him and all of you who have joined us in prayer storming the gates of heaven on Brittany’s behalf and for Sherri encouraging her to persevere. God is good and does answer prayer…in His timing.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21.

With gratitude and in His Love.

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