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style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#E5DFEC'>Psalm 62:1 <br> My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#E5DFEC'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'>Psaumes 62:1<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'>Oui, c'est en Dieu que mon me se confie; De lui vient mon salut.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><span lang=ES-TRAD style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#E5DFEC; mso-ansi-language:ES-TRAD'>Salmos 62:1  Slo en Dios halla descanso mi alma, de l viene mi salvacin .<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC; mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Salmo 62:1<br> Somente em Deus, minha alma, espera silenciosa; dele vem a minha salvao. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><span lang=RU style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#E5DFEC;mso-ansi-language: RU'>A0;>< 61:2&nbsp; </span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";color:#E5DFEC'><br> </span><span lang=RU style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#E5DFEC;mso-ansi-language:RU'>">;L:> 2 >35 CA?>:08205BAO 4CH0 <>O: >B 53> A?0A5=85 <>Q.</span><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#E5DFEC;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'>&nbsp;<b><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'>Email addresses:</span><span style='color:#92CDDC'><o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:white'>Jenny Wraight:</span></b><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:white'><br> </span><b><u><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:white'><a href="mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net"><span style='color:white'>jenny.wraight@yfci.net</span></a></span></u></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#92CDDC'>Gail Williams:</span></b><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#92CDDC'><br> <a href="mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org" title="mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org&#10;blocked::mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org&#10;mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org&#10;blocked::mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org&#10;mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org&#10;blocked::mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org&#10;mailto:gail.williams@yfci.org&#10;blocked::mailto:ga"><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#92CDDC'>gail.williams@yfci.org</span></b></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:white'>Linda Stershic:<br> </span></b><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:white'><a href="mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net" title="mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net&#10;blocked::mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net&#10;mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net&#10;blocked::mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net&#10;mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net&#10;blocked::mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net&#10;mailto:linda.stershic@yfci.net&#10;blocked::ma"><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:white'>linda.stershic@yfci.net</span></b></a></span> </p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;text-align:center'><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#92CDDC'>Kristi Bicknese:<br> <a href="mailto:kquigs76@yahoo.com"><span style='color:#92CDDC'>kquigs76@yahoo.com</span></a> <o:p></o:p></span></b></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'>Our translators:<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:white'>Franais:</span></strong><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:white'><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Sara Klopfenstien</span></strong><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'><a href="mailto:manusaraklop@worldonline.fr"><span style='color:white; font-weight:normal'>manusaraklop@worldonline.fr</span></a> </span></strong></span><strong><span style='color:#92CDDC'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'>Espaol</span></strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'><br> </span><strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#92CDDC'>Madeline Boller</span></strong><span style='font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'><br> <a href="mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com" title="mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com&#10;blocked::mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com&#10;mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com&#10;blocked::mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com&#10;mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com&#10;blocked::mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com&#10;mailto:madyboller@yahoo.com&#10;blocked::mailto:madyboller@yahoo"><strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC'>madyboller@yahoo.com</span></strong></a></span></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:white'>Portugus</span></strong><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:white'><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Eliane Werner</span></strong><u><br> </u></span></b><strong><u><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";color:white;mso-ansi-language:FR'><a href="mailto:nanewerner1@gmail.com"><span style='color:white;font-weight: normal'>nanewerner1@gmail.com</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></u></strong></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC; mso-ansi-language:FR'> CAA:89</span></strong><b><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#92CDDC; mso-ansi-language:FR'><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Banu </span></strong><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'><a href="mailto:manasyfc@gmail.com"><span style='color:#92CDDC;font-weight: normal'>manasyfc@gmail.com</span></a> <o:p></o:p></span></strong></span></b></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:yellow'>Do you have prayer request? email:</span></strong></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:yellow; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Est-ce que vous avez un sujet de prire? Adresse e-mail:</span></strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:white'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=ES-VE style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; color:yellow;mso-ansi-language:ES-VE'>Tienes una peticin de oracin? </span></strong><strong><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; color:yellow;mso-ansi-language:FR'>Email:</span></strong><span lang=FR style='color:yellow;mso-ansi-language:FR'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:yellow; mso-ansi-language:FR'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:yellow;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Voc tem um pedido de orao?</span></strong><strong><span lang=PT-BR style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-ansi-language: PT-BR'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:yellow;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>E-mail:</span></strong><span lang=FR style='mso-ansi-language:FR'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span lang=FR style='color:yellow;mso-ansi-language:FR'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><u><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:yellow;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR;font-weight:normal'><a href="mailto:gail.williams@yfci.net"><b><span style='color:yellow'>gail.williams@yfci.net</span></b></a></span></u></strong><strong><u><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:PT-BR;font-weight:normal'><o:p></o:p></span></u></strong></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:silver'>To subcribe to Hands Across the Sea, email:</span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; color:silver;mso-ansi-language:FR'>Pour vous abonner Hands Across the Seas, Adresse e-mail :</span></strong><span style='color:white'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='color:white'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; color:silver;mso-ansi-language:FR'>Para registrarte en Hands Across the Seas, Email:</span></strong><span lang=FR style='color:silver;mso-ansi-language: FR'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span lang=FR style='color:silver;mso-ansi-language:FR'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span lang=FR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; color:silver;mso-ansi-language:FR'>Para receber o  Hands Across the Seas , </span></strong><strong><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; color:silver;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>E-mail:</span></strong><strong><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:white'><a href="mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net" title="mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net&#10;blocked::mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net&#10;mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net&#10;blocked::mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net&#10;mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net&#10;blocked::mailto:jenny.wraight@yfci.net"><strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:silver'>jenny.wraight@yfci.net</span></strong></a><o:p></o:p></span></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p><a href="http://www.yfci.org"><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Youth for Christ website</span></b></a></p> </td> </tr> </table> </td> <td width=500 valign=top style='width:375.0pt;background:#FF7DFF;padding: 0in 0in 0in 0in'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=480 style='width:5.0in;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 0in 0in'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="100%" style='width:100.0%;padding:3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt 3.75pt'> <p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:#510051'>&nbsp;</span></b><strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:black'>English<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><i><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#6600FF'>Kristi Bicknese is the wife of Ben Bicknese, who has been a YFC Young Leader, Ministry Coordinator for YFC in Palm Beach County, Florida and Chief Ministry Officer for South Pointe YFC in the greater Chicago area.&nbsp; Kristi loves scrapbooking, music, reading, and the ocean.&nbsp; Kristi and Ben have 2 sweet boys-Brayden (4) and Blake (2).&nbsp; She currently lives near the Chicago area where there is no ocean.</span></i><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#6600FF'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>This past year has been a difficult one for me and for my family, and the story of our journey has not been an easy one to write.&nbsp; It has been a time of questioning what God is doing, but those same questions have drawn me back into His arms.&nbsp; Throughout the process, the Lord continues to teach me about rest and trust.&nbsp; This is my story.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>My son, Brayden, was a child that God gave us after years of infertility.&nbsp; His entrance into the world wasn t an easy one, and he had some unexplained health issues from the start.&nbsp; However, in many ways he was a relatively healthy child until last Fall.&nbsp; One morning, Brayden (3 years old, at the time) woke up covered in bruises without any injury.&nbsp; Being a nurse, I knew that all of the potential causes were very serious.&nbsp; It wasn t until I looked in his mouth and saw horrible bruising and blood blisters on his tongue and gums that I realized just how serious his condition was.&nbsp; I paged our pediatrician immediately.&nbsp; We went first into his office, and the grim look on his face when he looked into Brayden s mouth was one I will never forget.&nbsp; He listed off the possibilities including leukemia, and I was in tears immediately.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>We were sent to our local hospital, and after a blood test, Brayden s diagnosis was clear.&nbsp; He was diagnosed with ITP, which is an autoimmune bleeding disorder.&nbsp; We were then rushed by ambulance to a children s hospital near Chicago.&nbsp; When we arrived, they prepared to start the treatment immediately, and as we waited, Brayden began bleeding even more.&nbsp; We learned that all of the bruising on his body and inside his mouth was from spontaneous bleeding, and any movement, at that time, was causing bleeding from his nose and every other opening.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Nothing can prepare a parent for seeing something like this, and I wondered if he was going to make it through the night.&nbsp; It was absolutely the most terrifying night of my life!&nbsp; Once the treatment started and the vomiting of blood stopped, Brayden finally was able to fall asleep.&nbsp; At that point, I fell into my husband s arms and sobbed.&nbsp; That night, my husband was able to sleep some, but like any mother, I stayed awake listening to the beeping on the monitors, jumping at the sound of any movement from my son, and praying for God to heal him.&nbsp; The treatment began to work quickly to bring his platelet levels up, but Brayden had a serious reaction to the treatment, which landed him back in the hospital for a short stay. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>&nbsp;Doctors were confident that he would most likely recover from this completely, but that the recovery could take months and would require frequent blood tests.&nbsp; We knew our lives had drastically changed, and, at that time, God was making it clear to us that we needed to make some changes in our lives and our ministry.&nbsp; After years of being called to ministry, He seemed to be calling us out, at least for an extended time.&nbsp; The toll that Brayden s illness had taken on us spiritually, financially, emotionally, and physically, was such that we needed a time of rest and healing.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>The long winter months went by as Brayden began to recover.&nbsp; His energy levels would rise and fall as his platelet counts went up and down, so we spent much of the winter inside the house resting and trying to limit our contact with the outside world in order to avoid any sickness that could make his disease worse again.&nbsp; As life started to settle down, I was very thankful that Brayden was doing so much better, but I began to feel sad about having to step out of ministry, and I questioned if we had really made the right decision.&nbsp; I still believe God s calling on our lives hasn t changed, but it seems as though we are in a holding pattern of sorts, as we wait on His timing.&nbsp; I am not known as being a patient person, so this is a struggle for me.&nbsp; As I look at the Bible as a whole, though, there are so many examples of God making promises way before those promises came to fruition-from the promise He made to Abraham to make him the father of many nations to the promise of the coming Messiah.&nbsp; So, clearly God must have a purpose for all this waiting. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>I realized that, clearly, I have no idea what the future holds, and God began working on the issue of trust within my heart.&nbsp; First, I had to entrust my son to Him not knowing if Brayden would continue to struggle with his health for the rest of his life or not.&nbsp; Second, I had to entrust God with my future knowing that only He knows the future and what is best for me and for my husband and our family.&nbsp; Certainly what happened this year was not part of my plan.&nbsp; I came across this quote in a book called <i>Victim of Grace </i>by Robin Jones Gunn that helped me understand this kind of trust even more.&nbsp; She writes,  Until we come to peace with the realization that a relationship with almighty God can happen only on His terms, not ours, we won t have an authentic relationship with Him. &nbsp; And, in the end, it is really our personal relationships with the Lord that matter most to Him.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>I am happy to say that Brayden has continued to improve, and although I am not sure we are completely done with ITP, we have been able to go back to doing all the fun stuff a 4 year old should be doing.&nbsp; As for me, God continues to teach me how much I need to rest and how to incorporate rest into my life on a weekly basis.&nbsp; And, the process of trusting Him with my children and my future is one I have to revisit on a daily basis.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'><br> </span><strong><span style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Bradley Hand ITC"; color:#6600FF;font-weight:normal'>Kristi Bicknese<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:black'>Franais<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><i><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:#511494;mso-ansi-language:FR'>Kristi Bicknese est la femme de Ben Bicknese, qui a t un Jeune Leader de JPC, un coordinateur pour les ministres de JPC Palm Beach County, Floride et l Officier Premier des Ministres pour South Pointe JPC dans la rgion de Chicago.&nbsp; Kristi aime le scrapbooking, la musique, la lecture et l ocan.&nbsp; Kristi et Ben ont deux jeunes garons trs chou  Brayden (4 ans) et Blake (2 ans).&nbsp; Actuellement elle habite&nbsp; prs de Chicago o il n y a pas d ocan.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>L anne qui vient de s couler a t trs difficile pour moi et ma famille, et le rcit de notre cheminement n a pas t trs facile crire.&nbsp; Ca a tait un temps de questionnement sur les plans de Dieu, mais ces mmes questions m ont attire de nouveau dans ses bras.&nbsp; Pendant le processus, le Seigneur continue m apprendre beaucoup sur le repos et la confiance.&nbsp; Voici mon histoire.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Mon fils, Brayden, a t un enfant attendu, que Dieu nous a accord aprs des annes d infertilit.&nbsp; Son arrive dans ce monde n a pas t facile, et il a eu des petits soucis de sant inexpliqus ds le dbut.&nbsp; Cependant, il a t un petit garon relativement en bonne sant jusqu l automne dernier.&nbsp; Un matin, Brayden (3 ans, ce moment l) s est rveill couvert de bleus sans blessures.&nbsp; Etant infirmire, je savais que toutes les raisons possibles pour ces bleus taient srieuses.&nbsp; Mais, c tait en dcouvrant les bleus et les aphtes sur sa langue et ses gencives que je comprenais la gravit de la situation.&nbsp; J ai contact notre pdiatre tout de suite.&nbsp; Nous nous sommes rendus premirement son bureau, mais son regard alarmant en regardant dans la bouche de Brayden sera grav dans mes souvenirs tout jamais.&nbsp; Il nous a list les possibilits y compris la leucmie, et je me suis fondue en larmes immdiatement.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Nous avons t envoy notre hpital local, et aprs un test sanguin, le diagnostique de Brayden a t clair.&nbsp; Il a t diagnostiqu avec PTI&nbsp;; un trouble de sang auto-immune.&nbsp; Ensuite nous tions conduits toute vitesse un hpital d enfants prs de Chicago.&nbsp; A notre arrive, ils ont prpar le traitement immdiatement, et en attendant Brayden a commenc saigner encore plus.&nbsp; Nous avons appris que les bleus sur son corps et l intrieur de sa bouche ont t dus &nbsp; un saignement spontan, et que tout mouvement, ce moment l, provoquait des saignements de son nez et tout autre orifice. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Rien ne peut prparer un parent voir quelque chose comme cela, et je me suis demande si j allais survivre la nuit.&nbsp; Ca a t la nuit la plus terrifiante de toute mon existence&nbsp;!&nbsp; Une fois que le traitement a dmarr et que les vomissements ont cess Brayden a pu s endormir.&nbsp; Et ce point je me suis blottie dans les bras de mon mari en sanglots.&nbsp;&nbsp; Cette nuit l, mon mari a pu dormir un peu, mais comme toute maman, j ai veill en coutant les bips des machines, sursautant au bruit de tout mouvement de mon fils, et priant que Dieu le gurisse.&nbsp; Le traitement a commenc bien faire son effet, galisant ses plaquettes, mais Brayden a eu une raction srieuse au traitement, ce qui lui a fait repartir l hpital pour un court sjour.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Les mdecins ont t confiants qu il aura probablement une gurison complte, mais que le processus pouvait prendre des mois et demanderait des tests sanguins trs souvent.&nbsp; Nous tions conscients que notre vie a chang d une manire drastique.&nbsp; Et, ce moment l, le Seigneur nous a montr clairement qu il fallait faire des changements dans nos vies et notre ministre.&nbsp; Aprs des annes de ministre, Il semblait nous dire de nous y retirer, pour au moins un temps prolong.&nbsp; La pression que nous avons vcue travers la maladie de Brayden nous a cass spirituellement, financirement, motionnellement et physiquement, et il fallait un temps de repos et de gurison.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Les longs mois d hiver se sont couls pendant que l tat de Brayden commenait s amliorer.&nbsp; Son niveau d nergie augmentait et baissait selon le compte des plaquettes.&nbsp; De ce fait, nous avons pass une bonne partie de l hiver dans la maison se reposer et se limiter avec les microbes du monde extrieur, esprant que les petites maladies habituelles n aggravent pas son tat.&nbsp; Quand la vie commenait reprendre une cour &nbsp;normale&nbsp;, j ai t contente que la sant de Brayden s amliorait, mais je me suis attriste sur le fait d avoir choisi de quitter le ministre, et me demandais si on avait fait le bon choix.&nbsp; Je crois encore que l appel de Dieu dans nos vies n a pas chang, mais il est difficile de rester en attente pour comprendre la suite de son plan.&nbsp; Je ne suis pas connue comme une personne patiente, du coup cela m est trs dur.&nbsp; Cependant, quand je regarde l ensemble de la Bible il y a beaucoup d exemples o Dieu fait des promesses bien avant la rvlation de ces promesses  depuis la promesse Abraham de le rendre le pre de toutes les nations jusqu la promesse du Messie.&nbsp; Dieu doit avoir une raison derrire tout ce temps d attente.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Je me suis rendu compte, clairement, que je n ai aucune ide quoi ressemble l avenir, et Dieu a commenc un travail dans mon cSur sur la confiance.&nbsp; Premirement, je devais Lui confier mon fils, ne sachant pas si Brayden allait lutter avec sa sant toute sa vie ou pas.&nbsp; Deuximement, je devais Lui confier mon avenir, sachant que c est Lui qui connat l avenir, et ce qui est le meilleur pour moi, mon mari et notre famille.&nbsp; Certainement ce qui nous est arriv cette anne ne faisait pas partie de mes projets.&nbsp; J ai trouv cette citation dans un livre qui s appelle &nbsp;Victime de la Grce&nbsp; de Robin Jones Gunn qui m a aid comprendre encore mieux ce type de grce.&nbsp; Elle crit, &nbsp;Jusqu au moment o on est en paix avec la ralisation qu une relation avec le Dieu Tout-puissant arrive seulement sur ses termes Lui nous ne pourrons pas avoir une relation authentique avec Lui.&nbsp;&nbsp; Et, en fin de compte, c est notre relation personnelle avec le Seigneur qui compte le plus pour Lui. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language:FR'>Je suis contente de vous dire que la sant de Braydon continue s amliorer, et mme si je ne sois pas sre que nous avons compltement termin avec ITP, nous avons au moins recommenc faire des choses sympas que doit faire un petit de 4 ans.&nbsp; Pour ma part, Dieu continue m apprendre combien il faut que je me repose et comment incorporer ce repos dans mon rythme hebdomadaire.&nbsp; Et, je dois revoir quotidiennement comment Lui faire confiance pour l aveni<a name="_GoBack"></a>r de mes enfants et de ma vie.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Bradley Hand ITC"; color:#6600FF;font-weight:normal'>Kristi Bicknese<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span lang=DE style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:black;mso-ansi-language:DE'>Espaol<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><i><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#6600FF'>Kristi Bicknese es la esposa de Ben Bicknese,&nbsp; ha sido un Lder Joven de JPC, Ministro Coordinador para JPC en el Condado de Palm Beach, Florida, y Ministro Oficial en Jefe para JPC South Point&nbsp; en el rea grande de Chicago. A Kristi le encanta el Scrapbooking (coleccionar lbum de recortes), la msica, la lectura y el ocano. Kristi y Ben tienen 2 preciosos nios  Brayden </span></i><i><span lang=ES-TRAD style='font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#6600FF;mso-ansi-language:ES-TRAD'>(4) y Blake (2). Actualmente viven cerca del rea de Chicago donde no hay ocano.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=ES-TRAD style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:ES-TRAD'>El pasado ha sido un ao muy difcil para m y mi familia, y el relato de nuestro camino no ha sido fcil de escribir. Ha sido un tiempo de cuestionar lo que Dios est haciendo, pero ese mismo cuestionamiento me han llevado de regreso a Sus brazos. Durante el proceso, el Seor contina ensendome sobre descanso y confianza. Esta es mi historia.</span><span style='font-size: 11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Mi hijo Brayden, fue un hijo que Dios nos dio despus de aos de infertilidad. Su llegada al mundo no fue fcil y desde el principio tuvo algunos problemas de salud inexplicables. Sin embargo, de muchas maneras fue un nio relativamente sano hasta el ltimo otoo. Una maana, Brayden (3 aos para ese momento) se despert cubierto de moretones sin herida alguna. Siendo enfermera yo saba, que todas las causas potenciales eran muy serias. No fue sino hasta que mir en su boca y vi moretones horribles y ampollas de sangre en su lengua y enca que me di cuenta de lo seria que era su condicin.&nbsp; Llam de inmediato a nuestro pediatra. Fuimos primero a su consultorio, y la mirada sombra en su rostro cuando mir en la boca de Brayden fue algo que nunca olvidar. Me hizo una lista de posibilidades, incluyendo leucemia, y de inmediato romp en llanto.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Fuimos enviados a nuestro hospital local, y despus de un exmen de sangre, el diagnstico de Brayden estaba claro. Fue diagnosticado con ITP (Trombocitopenia Idioptica Prpura), que es un trastorno de la coagulacin autoimmune. Fuimos enviados rpidamente en ambulancia al hospital infantil cerca de Chicago. Cuando llegamos, se prepararon para iniciar el tratamiento de inmediato y mientras esperbamos, Brayden comenz a sangrar an ms.&nbsp; Supimos, que todos esos moretones en su cuerpo y en su boca provenan&nbsp; de sangramientos espontneos y cada movimiento, en ese momento, estaba causando sangramiento de su nariz y cualquier otra abertura.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Nada puede preparar a los padres para ver algo as, y yo me pregunt si l iba a lograr pasar la noche. Fue sin duda la noche ms aterradora de mi vida! Una vez comenzado el tratamiento y detenido el vmito de sangre, Brayden por fin pudo conciliar el sueo. En ese momento ca en brazos de mi esposo y llor. Esa noche, mi esposo pudo dormir un poco, pero como toda madre, yo me mantuve despierta escuchando el bip de los monitores, saltando ante cada sonido de algn movimiento de mi hijo y orando a Dios para que lo sanara. El tratamiento comenz a hacer efecto rpidamente elevando el nivel de las plaquetas, pero Braydan tuvo una reaccin severa al tratamiento, lo cual lo llev de nuevo al hospital para una corta estada. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Los mdicos confiaban en que lo ms probable era que l se recuperara de esto completamente, pero que la recuperacin poda tardar meses y requerira&nbsp; exmenes de sangre frecuentes. Sabamos que nuestras vidas haban cambiado drsticamente, y, en ese momento, Dios nos estaba haciendo claro, que necesitbamos hacer algunos cambios en nuestras vidas y en nuestro ministerio. Despus de aos de ser llamados al ministerio, pareca que l nos llamaba fuera de l, por lo menos por un tiempo prolongado. El pago espiritual, financiero, emocional y fsico que nos haba cobrado la enfermedad de Brayden era tal, que necesitbamos tiempo de descanso y sanacin.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Los largos meses de invierno haban pasado cuando Brayden comenz a recuperarse. Sus niveles de energa suban y bajaban a medida que su contaje&nbsp; de plaquetas suba y bajaba, as que pasamos buena parte del invierno dentro de la casa, descansando y tratando de limitar nuestro contacto con el mundo exterior, para as evitar cualquier afeccin que pudiera empeorar de nuevo la enfermedad. Cuando la vida comenz a normalizarse, yo estaba muy agradecida de que Brayden estuviera mejorando tanto, pero empec a sentirme triste por haber tenido que salir del ministerio y comenc a preguntarme si realmente habamos tomado la decisin correcta. An creo que el llamado de Dios en nuestras vidas no ha cambiado, pero parece como si estuviramos en una suerte de comps de espera, a la espera de Su tiempo. No soy conocida por ser una persona paciente, por lo que esta es una lucha fuerte para m. Sin embargo, cuando miro la Biblia como un todo, veo tantos ejemplos de Dios haciendo promesas mucho antes de que esas promesas llegaran a buen trmino  desde la promesa que l le hizo a Abraham de hacerlo el padre de muchas naciones hasta la promesa de la venida del Mesas. As que, claramente, Dios tuvo que tener un propsito para toda esa espera. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Me di cuenta, claramente, de que no tengo idea de lo que me depara el futuro, y Dios comenz a trabajar en el tema de la confianza dentro de mi corazn. En primer lugar, tuve que confiar mi hijo a l sin saber si Brayden continuara luchando con su salud por el resto de su vida o no. En segundo lugar,&nbsp; tuve que confiar a Dios mi futuro, sabiendo que slo l conoce el futuro y lo que es mejor para m , para mi esposo y para nuestra familia. Ciertamente, lo que pas este ao no era parte de mi plan. Me encontr con esta cita en un libro llamado <i>Vctima de la Gracia</i>, escrito por Robin Jones Gunn, que me ayud a comprender an ms esta clase de confianza. Ella escribe,  Hasta que lleguemos a la paz&nbsp; comprendiendo&nbsp; que una relacin con Dios Todopoderoso slo puede suceder en Sus trminos, no en los nuestros, no podremos tener una autntica relacin con l. Y, al final, es realmente nuestra relacin personal con el Seor lo que a l ms le importa.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; color:black'>Me siento feliz de decir, que Brayden ha continuado mejorando, y aunque no estoy segura de que hayamos concludo completamente con el ITP, hemos podido volver a hacer todas las cosas divertidas que un chico de 4 aos debe estar haciendo. En cuanto a m, Dios sigue ensendome lo mucho que tengo que descansar y cmo incorporar descanso a mi vida sobre un base semanal. Y el proceso de confiar a l mis hijos y mi futuro es algo que tengo que revisar sobre una base diaria.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Bradley Hand ITC"; color:#6600FF'><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Bradley Hand ITC";font-weight:normal'>Kristi Bicknese</span></strong></span><strong><span lang=DE style='mso-ansi-language: DE;font-weight:normal'><o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span lang=DE style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:black;mso-ansi-language:DE'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span lang=FR style='font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"; color:black;mso-ansi-language:FR'>Portugus<o:p></o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><i><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:#6600FF;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Kristi Bicknese casada com Ben Bicknese, um jovem lder da MPC, que foi Coordenador de Ministrios da MPC em Palm Beach County (Flrida) e Diretor de Ministrio da MPC de South Pointe na grande Chicago.&nbsp; Kristi adora  scrapbooking , msica, leitura e o mar. Kristi e Ben tem dois filhinhos - Brayden (4 anos) e Blake (2 anos). Atualmente ela mora nos arredores de Chicago  onde no h mar por perto.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><strong><span lang=FR style='color:black;mso-ansi-language: FR'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></strong></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>O ano que passou tem sido difcil para mim e minha famlia, e a histria da nossa jornada no ser fcil de escrever. Tem sido um tempo de questionamentos quanto ao que Deus est fazendo, mas estas mesmas questes tm me trazido de volta aos seus braos. Atravs do processo, o Senhor continua a me ensinar sobre descanso e confiana. Esta a minha histria.</span><span lang=PT-BR style='mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Meu filho, Brayden, uma criana que Deus nos deu aps anos de infertilidade. Sua chegada ao mundo no foi das mais fceis, e ele teve alguns problemas de sade inexplicveis desde o incio. Contudo, de certa forma, ele era relativamente saudvel at o ltimo outono. Numa manh, Brayden (com trs anos na poca) acordou coberto de hematomas, mas sem qualquer leso. Sendo enfermeira, eu sabia que todas as causas possveis eram muito srias. At que eu olhei na boca e vi hematomas e bolhas de sangue horrveis sobre sua lngua e gengiva, e ento percebi o quo sria era a sua condio. Liguei para o nosso pediatra imediatamente. Fomos primeiro ao seu consultrio, e o olhar sombrio do mdico quando ele olhou para a boca de Brayden foi de um jeito que eu nunca vou me esquecer. Ele listou as causas possveis incluindo leucemia, e eu comecei a chorar imediatamente.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Ns fomos enviados ao hospital local, e aps um exame de sangue, o diagnstico do Brayden era claro. Ele foi diagnosticado com ITP, que um distrbio hemorrgico autoimune. Ns fomos conduzidos s pressas para um hospital infantil prximo a Chicago. Quando chegamos, eles se preparam para iniciar o tratamento imediatamente, e enquanto espervamos, Brayden comeou a sangrar ainda mais. Percebemos que todos os hematomas em seu corpo e dentro de sua boca eram consequncia de um sangramento espontneo, e qualquer movimento, naquele momento, causava sangramento do nariz e de qualquer outra cavidade.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Um pai ou me nunca esto preparados para ver algo deste tipo, e eu fiquei me perguntando se ele ia sobreviver quela noite. Aquela foi absolutamente a noite mais aterrorizante da minha vida! Quando o tratamento comeou e aquele vmito de sangue parou, Brayden finalmente conseguiu dormir. Naquele momento, eu ca nos braos do meu marido e me derramei em lgrimas. Naquela noite, meu marido conseguiu dormir um pouco, mas como qualquer me, eu fiquei acordada escutando o sinal sonoro dos monitores, pulando ao som de qualquer movimento do meu filho, e orando a Deus para cur-lo. O tratamento comeou a agir rapidamente fazendo subir o nvel das plaquetas, mas Brayden teve uma sria reao ao tratamento, que o trouxe de volta ao hospital por mais um tempo.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Os mdicos estavam confiantes que ele provavelmente ia se recuperar completamente, mas a recuperao poderia levar meses e exigir exames de sangue frequentes. Ns sabamos que nossas vidas tinham mudado drasticamente e, naquele momento, Deus estava deixando claro para ns que precisaramos fazer algumas mudanas em nossas vidas e ministrios. Anos aps termos sido chamados para o ministrio, Ele parecia estar nos dizendo para sair, pelo menos por um tempo prolongado. O custo da doena de Brayden  espiritualmente, financeiramente, emocionalmente e fisicamente  foi to alto que ns precisvamos de um tempo para descanso e cura.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Os longos meses de inverno se passaram at que Brayden comeou a melhorar. Seus nveis de energia subiam e desciam conforme suas contagens de plaquetas, de modo que passamos a maior parte do inverno dentro da casa descansando e tentando limitar o nosso contato com o mundo exterior, a fim de evitar qualquer doena que pudesse fazer sua condio piorar novamente. Na medida em que a vida foi voltando ao normal, fiquei to grata que Brayden estivesse melhorando tanto, mas comecei a me sentir triste por ter tido que abandonar o ministrio, e a me questionar se realmente tomamos a deciso correta. Eu ainda creio no chamado de Deus para as nossas vidas, mas parece que ns estamos num compasso de espera, enquanto aguardamos o Seu tempo. Quem me conhece sabe que no sou muito paciente, ento tem sido uma luta enorme pra mim. Porm, quando eu olho na Bblia como um todo, existem tantos exemplos de promessas feitas por Deus muito antes delas se cumprirem  desde a promessa feita a Abrao de que ele seria pai de muitas naes, at a promessa da vinda do Messias. Ento, claramente, Deus deve ter um propsito com toda esta espera. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Descobri que, claramente, eu no fao ideia do que o futuro nos espera, ento Deus comeou a trabalhar dentro do meu corao esta questo da confiana. Primeiro, eu tive que confiar meu filho a Ele sem saber se Brayden vai continuar lutando com sua sade pelo resto da sua vida ou no. Segundo, eu tive que confiar meu futuro a Deus sabendo que apenas Ele sabe o que vir e o que melhor para mim, meu esposo e nossa famlia. Certamente o que aconteceu este ano no era parte dos meus planos.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Eu me deparei com uma citao num livro chamado  Vtima da Graa de Robin Jones Gunn, que me ajudou a entender este tipo de confiana ainda mais. Ela escreve,  at que estejamos em paz com o fato de que um relacionamento com o Deus Todo Poderoso apenas pode acontecer nos termos dEle, ns no teremos um relacionamento autntico com Ele . E, no final, realmente o nosso relacionamento pessoal com o Senhor que mais interessa a Ele.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span lang=PT-BR style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";color:black;mso-ansi-language:PT-BR'>Fico feliz em dizer que o Brayden tem melhorado cada vez mais, e embora eu no esteja certa de que tenhamos superado completamente o ITP, ns j podemos voltar a fazer todas as coisas que uma criana de 4 anos deveria estar fazendo. Quanto a mim, Deus continua a me ensinar o quanto eu preciso descansar e como incorporar este descanso na minha vida diariamente. 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