Several things have come up with the Troxels lately and here they are in no particular order:
Gooodbye to the Hodges. This family has relocated to Mexico in a retirement community. We love them dearly and miss them already. Michael gave Bill with a hunting rifle before they left. Thanks for the gift.
Freecycle – Thanks to Jeannie and the Wellness in Nenana group for putting together the last freecycle. This even was scheduled shortly after our return to Nenana. Given our sorrow, Jeannie helped us immensely by organizing the lion’s share of this event. Further, she will be organizing these events from now on. Their family is a missionary family that focuses on community outreach. This event fits well with their mission and helps us share ministry with other believers.
Elder’s Retreat – Adam, Art and I spent several days at a nice apartment in Fairbanks this past week. Among other things, we have laid out a proposed budget to be voted upon at our spring business meeting. We also received up to date information from Village Missions about budgetary questions concerning the building project. This additional information will also be shared at the meeting.
Hawaii Photos – Rebecca has posted some photos of our vacation. If you have a Facebook account then you can find those photos by Clicking Here. Other photos may become available there, so you might want to check back several times.
Google Maps – A picture of me is seen on Google Maps. I am the one riding the bicycle.
So there’s a few short blurb-like updates. I hope that makes up for the shortage of recent posts.
Thank you for your prayers. The Lord is good all the time. Baby Troxel has miscarried.
We went to a local hospital and had an ultrasound. The results showed that Baby Troxel had no heartbeat. There is no current word on any cause. We have a doctor’s appointment this coming Thursday. We will be back home Wednesday evening. We need our people around us. We can’t wait to be back to Nenana.
We are hurting and in need of further prayers. Mom is fine physically. Emotionally we are wrecks. We need all the support we can get right now.
In a few hours, the kids will be brought back to us from a trip with grandma. We will tell them then.
I will be preaching on Sunday. For years I have told my people to trust in God, find peace in Him and joy in Him even when it hurts. This Sunday, we will share why we still have joy and hope even when it hurts so bad.
We have some signs that Baby Troxel may be in danger. We have been advised to go to the hospital for an emergency sonogram, etc. Please pray that baby and mom are well. We are in a great deal of personal distress. The kids are going with Rebecca’s mom. Pray for all of us to trust in the Lord and again for the health of both mom and baby.
What an adventure!
We were woken this morning at about 3:30 a.m. by Rebecca’s mom. She had received a call that the earthquake in Chile had started a tsunami that was expected to hit Hawaii. We gathered some supplies and she picked us up and had us on high ground by 4:30 a.m.
Later in the morning (7 a.m.), we were able to enter a state park and wait for the tsunami. News reports stated that the waves could be up to 8 feet. These are not normal waves, but walls of water carrying debris and very dangerous to both life and property. We waited in the park for an all clear signal from the Hawaiian government to return home. The signal came a little after 1 p.m.
We were able to return home. We are tired from a sleepless night and the nervous energy of not knowing how severe the tsunami might be. We have stayed in tonight. We are enjoying a restful night and looking forward to some fun the next few days before returning to Alaska on the 3rd. I wanted our friends and family to know we are safe. Expect more updates when we get home late next week.