No, not good. Abso-freaking-lutely amazing.
After getting the news that Dylan might not make it through the night on Monday, my group of “virtual” friends rallied together to do something incredible. We have one mom in our midst whose daughter has battled cancer as well. Karen and Heide (Dylan’s mom) have become quite close over the last year and a half as they both fought for their children’s lives. Karen desperately wants to go to the memorial service (in Albany, NY — she lives in Orlando, FL), when the time comes – to be a support for Heide – but money is tight for them, as they have mountains of medical bills. Here’s where it gets amazing.
In just under 48 hours, this group of women raised almost $800 to send Karen to NY when the time is right. This will pay for an airline ticket as well as provide money to cover expenses. I happened to be the one who collected the money – and every time an email would come in telling me my paypal account had yet another contribution, I would get tears in my eyes. Today, I barely kept my composure at the post office as I sent the VISA gift card off to Karen.
All I can think is that THIS is what it means to live missionally. Many of these women don’t claim to be Christians – and yet, in moments like these…they are living exactly as Christ would have them live. It’s these times that I have the opportunity to gently evangelize to them. I was even able to work with one woman who I have had quite a falling out with to secure the airline ticket….and everyone else got to be a fly on the wall and watch Christ work in that situation.
On another note, Dylan continues to AMAZE the doctors. After being as sick as they thought he could possibly be, God has graciously given he and his family more time. And, today, he was able to go home from the hospital. I don’t know how long he will have, but I do know that God is being glorified in every possible way through this little boy. And, I am honored and priviledged to be a part of it.