Thursday, 20 June 2013


Dear friends - A heart-felt thanks to all of you who are sharing this journey with us and keeping Eman in your prayers We are seeing so many miracles along the way we can't help but hold on to the hope that God is going to the the "big miracle" and help Emmanuel get back on his feet again. The CEO of the "Shepherd Center" [for neuro rehabilitation] in Atlanta, Georgia has offered to take Emmanuel for Rehabilitation there. He will most likely be traveling beginning of July. The FBI has is organizing a Med Evac flight to bring Emmanuel there. Home Depot has offered to remodel Emmanuel's mother's house [in Atlanta] so that it is "user friendly" for a wheelchair. The expat community here in Rio de Janeiro organized another fundraiser [during the annual America's Day event] for Emmanuel that our band played at, raising more funds towards his rehabilitation. We saw a plastic surgeon last week and in his opinion Eman's pressure sore should heal naturally WITHOUT needing plastic surgery which is also really good news. While we are waiting for the wound to heal, Eman is doing daily therapy with visiting physiotherapists and a personal trainer who comes to the house. A friend installed a stainless steel pull-up bar above Eman's bed to facilitate upper-body strengthening and maneuvering. Eman has been working very hard with his therapy and exercises, it is very discouraging to see so few and slow results whilst making so much effort. Please do continue to keep Emmanuel in your prayers, he is in CONSTANT physical pain, even though his various medications have been upped and we are doing as much therapy and massage as possible. I couldn't even begin to describe adequately the wounds to spirit and soul that he has sustained throughout this whole ordeal. His daily spiritual and emotional struggle rivals his physical one. There is no doubt in my mind that the physical miracles and opportunities that are now materializing are a DIRECT RESULT of so many of your prayers. PLEASE continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you! *** Special Thanks to our friends at Moxxor for sponsoring Eman's vitamins!!!***


  1. Thank you for the update, Julia. I go to this site daily and with the pictures in front of me, pray. The update helps to know how to direct those prayers, and the new pictures help fuel them. Jacques and I will continue praying for Emmanuel and your whole family, for daily strength, healing, encouragement, and all that your family needs!

  2. Thanks for taking the time to fill us in. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Just read this blog update. First news I have seen in awhile, but not because you have not posted.Great news that he will be getting this level of care!
    Love you guys and will renew my prayers for you, Eman. Please look to people like Joni Erikson Tada and Nick Vujojic for encouragement.(see online, Google,etc.)I pray Jesus will pour out His grace on you daily in your fight. Never give up. This is all that God may be glorified. Much love, Ronny