Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Heavy Picture


A Heavy Picture
It is not an easy task to continue to have this huge burden for my little friend Jason. I wish I could do more, but there are limits to everything. As I have been able to communicate with the doctors, I keep getting good news and then immediately afterwards, the bad news comes. It is more like the emotional ups and downs of a bad horror movie from the 80’s.
I am not sure what it is about it, but I have a picture of Jason and his mother that brings me to tears each time I put my eyes on it. It is a real picture, with real faces that have all types of emotion etched in the both of them. With Jason, the first thing I notice is that I have no other pictures of him without hair. This little guy had a head full of greasy black hair. Almost always he is in a hat. In fact, as I think back, I cannot even picture Jason without a hat on his head. He usually has a cool little bucket cap as part of his school uniform. That is the Jason I am accustomed to. This picture rips me apart.
As for Iliana, the mother, just knowing how she loves her baby, and then seeing her face in the same picture, I see lots of mixed emotions. She has done this before. Seeing her Jason in a hospital bed is not something new to her, but it is a burden that is all too heavy. She is tired of living this way. Her lifestyle is plain and simple. However, this picture spells out the fear in her heart. She is not peaceful about Jason’s condition. Normally,  she is really focused on service and hospitality; Fixing a last minute bowl of soup as we show up to her house unannounced. In this picture, she is worried, but not about if the soup is going to impress the guests. It is a picture of a mother who wants what every mother wants: for her children to grow up and have a good life.
I need to say nothing else. The picture tells a long story. As you look at this picture of my friend Jason, please take a moment to lift him up in prayer along with his mother, his father, his little brother Antauro, and his little sister Chaska. There is nothing more that I would wish for but a miracle for Jason. Please keep on praying. This little guy needs every bit of it!
If you would like to help out the family with supporting some of the medical needs as they prepare for a bone marrow transplant, we can funnel funds to the family personally. Contact us if you can make a donation and we can give you the options available. We are trying to set up a donation point through a church for tax purposes, but it may still take a few more days. Please ask if you have any questions. Jason and his family are thankful for any help you can provide.
Scott Englund

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Guten Morgen-an update on Jason in Peru


Guten Morgen
OK, another crazy bit about how God makes connections…A few weeks ago, I had had it up to my ears in trying to communicate with any certainty about the condition of Jason. Now, as God has so tactfully orchestrated, I now have the team of Jason’s doctors coming into the café on a regular basis. As the story goes, the 15 year old son of Pelo (one of the doctors), really likes bacon cheeseburgers and grasshopper milkshakes…
So about Jason-At this point, we are waiting on test results from Germany. The samples have been taken from Chaska and Antauro and we should have an answer in about 9 days. I am so excited to be so connected with the doctors as it makes it much easier to get accurate information.
The doctors have been really frustrated about the process with Jason. There is a system in place here that is quite bureaucratic and riddled with paperwork and processes. The doctors are fighting against that as they are trying to save the life of my little friend. I have also found out that Jason has won the hearts of the doctors as well and has really got a good team behind him that is pulling for his healing. In fact, Jason is teaching Quechua (the local language of the Andean people) to one of the doctors while the unsuspecting doctor is greeted by Jason each morning with a good ol’ German “Guten Morgen.” These doctors want to see Jason get better as much as anyone else in the mix.
At this point, we are in a holding pattern. Depending on the information that comes back from Germany, we may have what looks like a couple of options. We have researched various international options from Argentina to Chile in South America to Germany and the US in the northern hemisphere. None of these options are easy nor cheap. However, once we figure out exactly what our final options are, then the decision will be made quickly and then move forward with the best option given the circumstances. It looks like they will need help with covering some of the cost for the family as well as some of the medical work. Not sure what this will equate to, but we will do whatever we can to help. We will keep you posted. Keep praying!
Scott

To make a donation to support Jason and his family, all tax deductable donations can be made at www.cten.org/scottenglund or donations can be sent directly to CTEN at PO box 291307-1307(send note that the donation is for The Englund family and Jason) or by calling 800-872-5404.  Direct donations can be sent directly to Scott and Teri Englund by sending a check to 275 Palermo Drive, Oroville CA 95966. Any help you can provide is appreciated. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th update on Jason



So for now, I am waiting on a meeting with the doctors to see what our options are for Jason. It is necessary for him to have a bone marrow transplant. This, in and of itself, is a mountain to climb as the procedure cannot be done in Peru. The cost of going outside is quite frightening and disheartening for the family The entire cost according the father is about $12,000 dollars. Just the cost of plane tickets to put Jason and his 7 year old sister  Chaska, on a plane along with Mom, would be more money than they make in a couple of years of wages. That doesn’t even include the cost of the medical work. They are scared and overwhelmed. I cannot imagine the emotion and gut wrenching inside Narcisso, Jason’s father. I am sitting with him on a park bench outside the cancer ward. He is a tough man…But having a situation to face as he is facing is breaking him down. Keep him in your prayers. Just like most parents (I should not have to say that, but you know what I mean), they want their kids to live life to the fullest. This is a challenge for all involved.
Jason's younger sister Chaska
The update is this. Jason needs bone marrow. The cancer is eating him alive and time is becoming scarcer. Chaska, Jason’s younger sister is able to donate bone marrow. Not an easy task for a 7 year old princess. She is like the rest of the family; she wants Jason to live. She is willing to do the operation. I am not sure she really knows what that entails, but this family has pulled together to climb this mountain.
This is the place in the blood lab that they take your vitals...
At this point, Jason is using a ton of blood. At first we were looking for 8 donors. We have sent 20 plus donors and we are still short. He is constantly bleeding. His teeth and gums are inflamed and will not stop bleeding. I am not sure why, but it is part of the process of the cancer. Regardless, we are still searching for more blood donors through the café. It has been a blessing to have a platform to be able to connect with people that may be able to help. I am going to have to turn up the heat and get the word out even more. I can’t stand to see this little guy in this condition. Every time I see Jason and visit, he comes across as a strong and fearless kid. I try to come across to Jason the same way. However, when I step away after saying I will be back soon, I find my stomach cinching up, my heart crumbling, and my eyes welling up with tears. I just want to fix it…This is a faith issue. God does have everything under control. It just looks like from my silly human standpoint, that maybe He is on lunch break.
I am not sure of what the outcome will be. However, I do have faith that God wins the game in the end.  There is so much comfort in knowing that.
As we continue this journey with Jason, please continue to pray. Also, I am not sure of the other needs in the mix, but I am asking for you to be ready in case I make a big ask for him. I am not sure what it will take to get him well, but I am ready to fight alongside this precious boy.  
That is it for now. I am still waiting for the doctors to arrive. As I find more information, I will let you know. Thanks so much for your prayers and support.
 
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